Lately my focus has been all over the place....oh it's all still focused on hoop dancing...but in so many directions! For starters I created a little youtube channel:
Which is a great side project. I'm a bit conflicted on how much to put out there in the big wide world. But this blog site was giving me trouble whenever I wanted to upload my videos and facebook took down my first video when I uploaded it. Some helpful hoopers on the Hooplovers fb page suggested that my video be embedded as a youtube link...well that was a whole learning curve! Copyrite notice making me a bit paranoid so my 2nd upload was with free music supplied by youtube....
So here's a question....how is it that every hoop video I watch (like dozens per week) there is music going ...is everyone getting these notices...am I just paranoid? Maybe I need to have the music playing in the video rather than layered onto the video and the original audio erased. So confused.
Another direction I am so excited about is my distance training to become a Certified Hoopnotica Hoop Dance Instructor! I devoured the manual in hours in between meetings at work...so motivated and exited about this opportunity! Distance training is my only option for me with family responsibilities and living in little ole' PEI. I really can't wait to become a part of the Hoopnotica Family. So positive and encouraging and to connect with others with a shared passion...I'm so craving a hoop community it's crazy. So my hoop homework for this training involves an exam, a video of introduction, a video of flow and a video of me teaching for 45 minutes. I am hopeful that I will find a volunteer:
Along the same thread is my hoop dance classes that I lead once per week. I've been leading a hoop dance class since January with some success. Some classes were awesome with over 10 people. The numbers dropped this summer so I'm trying my best to put the word out - flyers, online ads, facebook...everything I can think of short of purchasing ad space in the paper or going on the news:)
I so dearly wish for a hoop community to exist here in PEI. It will take time. I will need to be more patient.
World Hoop Day is coming up this Saturday and I signed up to participate in the choreography - I have tried to recruit others but no one has confirmed. So I shall be a soloist! Next year will be different. Today I bought a cute hairband with a fancy green feather flower on it for the video. Gonna glam it up a bit! Such a great cause! If you don't know what World Hoop Day is all about check out their site:
I'm thinking about making another hoop supply purchase but this time going with 5/8 inch PE tubing for less chunk and lighter hoops but still good for adults and hoop dance. I really should sell the hoops I have in stock already though. Then my focus shifts back to smaller hoops and wishing I had some minis that are not kids hoops. My new favorite shop has free shipping in Canada...
I have already ordered and received 2 poly pro hoops (tubing that's just not available in PEI) and after watching Emma from Hooping Mad give a tutorial on the 3 beat weave I totally nailed it...it took a week or so. I captured the trick clicking on video and I am quite giddy with joy.
I'll add that video to my youtube;)
And finally another area of focus: hoop dance challenges. I think I am committed to 2 at the moment. One is through Hooplovers - flow session, 12 weeks with daily guidance for how to work that hoop and it's been wonderful so far. I can't say I've been at it consistently just because of my hectic life with children and a reoccurring neck issue - but I'm doing what I can...don't tell my chiropractor! Also Hooping.org has a 30/30 challenge...it's another way for me to connect with other hoopers. This connection that I keep seeking is a theme that won't go away. So it's making me dream about hoop retreats in exotic locations. If you could go to any hoop retreat where would you go? Who would you want to train with? Have you a hoop crush that you would love to hoop with and learn from?
And so this is my hoop update. The daydreams are wonderful escapes and energizing. Wishing you energy, focus and of course meaningful time in your hoop<3