Learning a Vexxing Move

The double corkscrew is one of those moves that has pestered me ever since I started to work with doubles about a year ago.  Luckily, with a patient lesson from Jenny and a lot practice and repetition, I think I may have got it.

I posted this video for Jenny to critique, and she said I have the basics, but need need more room to get my planes down better.  I completely agree.  My planes always need work, anyway.

So, here’s a short and somewhat blurry of me doing the double corkscrew with my bright yellow doubles.

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The Value of Kiddie Hoops

I have found some value for kid hoops that you can buy cheap in most stores with a toy section.  Here’s my story.

I have a set of beautiful candy cane doubles that Jenny made me, but for some tricks, it’s easier for me to use hoops smaller in diameter.  She would often give me a smaller set to learn with in class.

At one of our troupe rehearsals I overheard Sunny talking about her small set of twin hoops that were children’s hoops.  Huh.  I’m glad that stuck in my mind.

On Sunday, I was in Big Lots while my husband and mother-in-law were in a different shop.  I passed the kiddie hoops, which came in two sizes, and saw the smaller ones, and thought, they would would be fun, but they are kiddie hoops, so I moved on.  Then I came back.  I bought two.

Sam and his mom found me in the store, and made my purchases.  Sam also wanted to go in the dollar store for something quick, so I waited outside with my mother-in-law.  I began to twirl my new hoops around my hands outside said dollar store.  People stared.  I smiled and I didn’t care.

We went to my in-laws where Sam was helping his parents with his mother’s purchase, so I decided to give my new twins some flight time.  They sure looked pretty in the sun.

The kiddie hoops weren’t that bad!  They were easier to control than my usual twins, and my arms got a good workout, too.  I won’t use them for waist hooping, but for learning over arm hooping, weaves, and corkscrews, they’ll to the trick.

So, at least in my humble opinion, kiddie hoops do have some value to adult hoopers, at least while they are learning, and when you are spinning about twenty of hoops at a time, like Jenny did on Saturday.

Just for fun, I grabbed my point-and-shoot camera out of my purse and decided to see if I could get some decent shots of me using these kiddie hoops using the camera’s timer.  Here I am!

So, kiddie hoops, though not ideal for adult waist hooping, hold some value for adults.  I don’t suggest getting the ones filled with water, as they are weird to spin, but they can be shiny and good for practice.  Plus, if you are ever in the park and a kid wants to try hooping, you’ve got something appropriate for them.  You may inspire a new hooper.

The "Venn" of Jenn

In honor of Pi Day, I thought I’d celebrate by doing something circular and mathy, hence the Venn Diagram, which was also inspired by some of the double hooping moves we did in class last night.

The only thing that I currently don’t do right now, is martial arts, but I have done them.  I actually got up to my blue belt in aki-jujitsu. 

The double class last night kicked my butt.  I have a hard enough time at moments with one hoop, now adding a second on in the mix….whew!  I’ll need to get out and practice today while the weather is decent. 

On another note, I actually managed to lift the hoop off my wait into lasso last night!  Huzzah!  Now I’ve got to practice and make it stick. 

Want to make your own Venn diagram of yourself?  Here’s the base I made. Just right click and save it.  I’d also love to see your own diagram, so leave me a link in the comments where I can see it!  They can be funny or serious.