Hello Hoopers, So… I suck at hooping with my hair down. It’s just not my bag. It gets in the way, gets stuck in my mouth, or catches on my eyelashes. Now, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to doing my hair. Unless it’s a special occasional, functionality is my main concern when it comes to the appearance of my hair. Unfortunately, this means 90% of the time my long hair (which I’ve spent years going out for some unknown reason) is up in a ponytail. If you’re like me, then here… please enjoy these adorable hairstyle tutorials to help keep your hair out of your face while hooping!! Much love, Safire #1 Ribbon Updo #2 Messy Updo #3 Reverse Braided Bun #...Read More
Hello Hoopers, A few months ago I had a unique experience and was incredibly hesitant to share it publicly on Instagram or a blog post. It happened when a friend captured a video snippet of me fire eating with two friends while we were playing around one night. We had spent the afternoon at a Tattoo fest where other friends performed a sexy and sassy fire dance number. As a result, later that night when we were having a fire jam, some of that sexual energy came out in our movements. After seeing the video below, I had an insight on something that has been bothering me for most of my hoop life. It is a struggle for me to be ‘sexy’ on stage… I feel like an imposter, like I...Read More
Hoops, hoops, and more hoops! As time goes by it can be easier and easier to collect more and more hoops. I recently did a Google search for “Hula Hoop Bags” but unfortunately most of what came up was just details and images of Chanel’s Hula Hoop Bag. (pictured on the right). Below are some great bag options for carrying your hoops. “They come in all shapes and sizes!!” No, they don’t. Just different sizes. Same shape. The shape we love. 😉 Much love, Safire Hula Hoop Backpack Accessories If you don’t need a hoop bag but need a way to easily carry your hoop, using a hoop carrying accessory is a great way to get around. Check out these two great o...Read More
Hello Hoopers! Selecting an LED hoop can be one of the hardest hoop purchases you’ll ever make. Here we’ve taken some of the top Smart Hoop products on the market and used Isabel Ra’s chart to create an interactive LED Smart Hoop Comparison chart to help make your research snd comparisons ceasier. I hope you like it! Much love, Safire * The chart is best viewed on a computer. It still works on mobile, you just have to scroll to the right to see everything. * Also some information could be outdated. We try to check in with retailers on a regular basis to confirm accuracy but of course cannot account for sales, discounts, or other short term product variations. Thanks! ...Read More
Hello Hoopers! Every so often I run out of inspiring music… It sucks when this happens. Seriously. I end up listening to the same songs over and over and my hoop jams not only get repetitive but sometimes I even get bored. It’s AMAZING what good music can do for a hoop jam out and I’ve decided that I need to fix this problem in my practice. I have made it a plan to make myself playlists on a regular basis so that my practice doesn’t suffer due to my poor efforts in music selection. Not only will having fresh music help with jam sessions but music is a powerful memory trigger. How great is when song comes on and suddenly you have a flash of memories of a certain time ...Read More
Hello stranger… So you have a hooper in your life? That’s good, hoop dancers are awesome people. Do you want to impress your hooper friend by getting them something EPIC for Christmas; something that will make them jump up and down out of sheer joy on Christmas morning and love you forever? Yeah you do. Well here’s the list to help you do that. You’re welcome. 🙂 Much love, Safire 3M grip tape: Seriously, this stuff is great for adding grip to shiny hoops. Available on Hoopologie.com Go with the 1 inch clear tape and they can cut it thinner. If the hooper in your life is a hoop maker. Get them this 3M tape slitter. It easily slits the grip tape for them and will mak...Read More
Hello Hoop Performers! Working as a performer is like a dream come true. Running away to the circus and beginning a life as a hoop performer can be an incredible journey. Unfortunately, when you’re first starting out, it can be hard to book enough performances and get enough work to fully sustain yourself. Below are my best tips to help you save the money you do make, so you get the most out of each gig. I’ve been working full time as a professional hoop dancer since 2007. For more information on working as a hoop dancer performer check out my online Performance Training available through www.HoopingClasses.com (It’s launching publicly on December 1st, 2016) Much love and ...Read More
Hello Hoopers, When you love the work you do it can be disheartening when it stresses you out. Wasn’t this supposed to be fun? I thought this was my dream? Why is this so much work? As much as other people might not believe that being a hooper can be a real job, it most certainly is. Along with a real job, comes real stresses, real problems, and real struggles. Whether you work as a hoop maker, a performer, a hoop dance instructor, or all three, being an entrepreneur and working for yourself is an ongoing and unique experience. If you’ve never worked for yourself before, there are many challenges that will come your way. One of the challenges has nothing to do with your business ...Read More
Hello Hoopers, Ever feel disorganized? Overwhelmed? Like you can’t get your life together? Yeah. I know the feeling. People often think I have my shit together… This article will share one of the many things that I use to help me stay on track. All my life I’ve been obsessed with journals, sketchbooks, and moleskins; I love them all. That tactile experience of picking up a real book with blank pages that are just waiting to be filled with unique and personal expressions. Unfortunately, my ability to purchase journals is much higher than my ability to actually write or draw in them. However, in January a good friend of mine introduced me to the concept of Bullet Journaling a...Read More
Hello Hoopers and aspiring hoop performers, Often times new performers ask me “what are the best hoop tricks to include in a hoop act?” As I finish up the video editing for my online hoop dance performance training on HoopingClasses.com, this article will be one of several I’ll be sharing on the topic of becoming a hoop dance performer. In general over all my years of performance I always come back to the same key moves. Below are my top 10 suggestions for moves you should consider putting in your choreography as they always get a great reaction from audiences! Keep in mind that this advice is geared towards hoopers putting together a professional act that they intent to pi...Read More
Hello Hoopers! This is the first article I’m posting on the topic of Hooping History. As hoop dance becomes more and more popular, I think it would be neat to share how hoop dance began and how it has progressed over the years. Everyday there are more and more hoop videos posted online; several on YouTube and even more on Facebook and Instagram. It wasn’t always like this though. There was a time when a new hoop video was a RARE thing and hoopers all around the world would collectively freak the hell out when someone took the time to film and post a brand new video. This article idea came up during an online Skype session with one of my hoop dance teacher training students. Wh...Read More
Hello hoopers! Is your closet filled with hooping clothes? If not, this post will help you bust out in style! It’s that time of year again and soon many of us will be dancing around in the wild with tons of other crazy peeps enjoying some summer festivals. Half the fun of attending music festivals is getting the chance to play dress up!! Wearing crazy outfits and fun hooping clothes is a great way to express yourself at festivals. As I prepare for this summer I thought it would be great to share my top favourite DIY clothing and costuming tutorials. Check ’em out below, get together with your girlfriends and set up a night where you all hang out, get crafty, and have fun! If you&...Read More
In this video torialtorial I’ll share my tips for breaking down and learning a hoop trick. If you’d like access to more hoop videos and tutorials check out my YouTube Channel. Also check out my Free Online Hoop Class on HoopingClasses.com Much love, Safire
Hello Hoopers, Over the past few months I’ve come across some great apps for filming, editing, and sharing hoop videos and photos. These apps have made sharing hoop videos easy and fun to do. Below is a collection of some of my most favourite and useful hoop sharing apps! If you know of another unique app that can help hoopers connect and share their hooping with the world, feel free to post the name and a link to the app below! Especially if you know of great Android apps! Much love, Safire INSTAGRAM iPhone | Android Basically if you’re not on Instagram, you are missing out my friend. There is a HUGE hoop community there and I do find browsing videos on ...Read More
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Hello Hoopers, Have you ever felt stagnant in your hoop practice? Ever felt like you’ve hit a wall and don’t know what to do next? Do you find yourself doing the same moves over and over all the time? Has the original luster of hooping wore off and you don’t hoop nearly as often as you used to? Not to worry, we all go through phases like this. Some phases are more common at certain times or for certain hoopers. For example, typically there are walls that hoopers will find where suddenly you feel stumped. You’re not learning new things, you don’t know what to do next, and things feel a bit ‘off’. Hoopers with several years of experience behind them ar...Read More
Hello Hoopers, Have you ever wanted to do a TED Talk? If you have; you can imagine how scary of an experience it might be. Do you know what you would say? If you were invited to provide a TED Talk, what would you want to share the most with the world about hooping? Much love, Safire In a world where we are consistently pressured into adapting to a role that makes us fit into society, many people struggle to find a balance between work and play. But don’t we only start to love living life when we find a reason to get out of bed in the morning, not because we have to, but because we want to? In this talk I’m going to share with you my biggest passion − the Hula Hoop. Theresa Rose s...Read More
Already know The Helicopter? Go right to 4:12 in the video to see an advanced variation on how to get an extra spin in the front as you pass your hoop. I made a tutorial for this move years ago in 2008, it was one of the first tutorial I had ever made. As I’m re-filming ALL my online hooping classes right now, I thought it would be nice to post the updated version of this trick.
When you get into hooping it’s only a matter of time before someone comes up to you and asks you this question. STRANGER: “How long can you hula hoop for?” ME: “Do you mean waist hooping or hoop dancing? If you just mean hula hooping on your waist, man, I could probably keep a hoop going till I fell asleep!” 🙂 Satisfied with the answer they walk away. In the last few years though, I’ve been asking this question of myself in much broader terms. I mean honestly, “how long CAN I hula hoop for?” I don’t worry about this much in terms of age or physical health but more in terms of personal interest. As I approach my 10 year Hoopiversary this...Read More
Hello Hoopers! So you want to buy an LED hula hoop! YAAAAA! Oh it’s exciting! “But wait. WTF? How do I pick one??” There are lots of things to consider when buying an LED hula hoop. Below is a list of questions you should ask yourself before buying. Take some notes as you read through these ideas to help you narrow your options and selections. Keep in mind that LED hula hoops are not indestructible, can sometimes take up to 6 months to arrive and over time you might find your preferences change and you’ll need to upgrade your hoop. We hope these questions help you out so that when your hoop arrives you are happy with your choice and have gotten as close to your perfect LED hoop as possible. ...Read More
I stumbled across this epic video on my Facebook feed earlier today. Take a lot at Chloe’s EPIC staff manipulation. I gotta say… I think we’ve found Rachael Lust’s doppelgänger!!
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