Getting in the Dance

Dancing with the hoop is something I need to get into more.  I just need to let go.

That’s what Ryane focused on in class last night.  We worked on moving with some combinations, such as moving while doing isolations, opening up while doing the weave, forwards and backwards.  I also learned to twirl the hoop on my hands, not just in front of me, but at different points around me.  I have to work on keeping that hoop in vertical plane better, but it will come with practice.

The end of the class was spent just flowing and free hooping.  Oh, and we worked on shoulder hooping while bent at at a 90 degree angle.  Not quite the booty bump, but close.  It’s a different movement.  Again, it’s something I’m going to have to practice.

But, the main focus of the class was to just dance with the hoop and how to incorporate tricks.  My hang up that I need to “let go,” as I said earlier.  I need to relax and just go with the flow like no one is watching. 

Getting My Flow On

Yesterday’s class with Katie was a little different.  After a warm up and quick review of some moves, she had a little exercise for us.  To get us moving and to find our hooping flow, she put on a minute of ten VERY different songs to see what we could do with them.  I had fun doing this!  It’s neat to experiment with different music while getting your hooping flow going.  
My flow tends to be a little dance-y, and I really got into the different styles, even if they weren’t my thing.  Despite my left shoulder which I am still in therapy for, I got some fun moves in and kept arm and hand spins and such going on my right side.  
Speaking of my shoulder, it is getting better and my therapist says I’m getting a bit more range of motion that I didn’t have before.  Yay!  It still hurts, but is hurting less.  Yay!!  Still, I’m talking it easy on the lifts and such.
Back to hooping flow.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to get lost in a song while hooping.  Jenny had told me and the others this a while ago in her class, but I hadn’t really had a chance to do it in a while.  I’m slowly developing my style and flow.  And it feels good.