Hoop Inspiration

Hoop Dance: 8 Tips on Finding time for Hooping

Does it feel like you can’t fit a hoop dance session into your day? Hooping regularly can brighten your mood and leaving you energized for the day. Here are 8 tips on how to find the time to hoop.  Let yourself enjoy that blissful post-flow feeling just a little bit more often! Much love, Safire #1. Rise & Shine Hoop Dance: Make hooping your morning ritual. What are some of the first things that you already do in the morning?  See if you can tie and connect hooping to that habit. Do you start your day with a hot coffee or tea?  Put you hoop in the kitchen before heading to bed and hoop it up while the kettle boils! #2. Anywhere & Everywhere: Get yourself a collapsible hoop and strap it to your purse. Having a hoop with you at all times, means whenever you have down time you c...

10 Tips for Increasing Flexibility

Hello Hoopers,  Have you ever wished you were more flexible? Increasing flexibility can be one of the most rewarding fitness challenges. I began exploring flexibility in 2012 and often have people ask me for tips. Below are my top 10 tips for increasing flexibility. I hope these suggestions can help you in your bendy journey and inspire you to stretch!  #1.  Realize that it’s NEVER too late. Honestly, the FIRST struggle I had in my flexibility journey was believing that it was even possible. When I first started hooping I also wanted to learn contortion but sadly I never tried because deep down I didn’t believe that I could do it. Everywhere I searched online I read statements like these: “You have to start contortion when you’re like 6.” “If you’r...

Hula Hooping Music Playlists – 2017

Hello Hoopers!  Every so often I run out of inspiring music… It sucks when this happens. Seriously. Good music can do AMAZING things to your hooping. So below are a series of monthly playlists that I’ve been creating to help keep up new movements in my hoop dance.   Also check out: Safire on Soundcloud:  Safire Hoop Dance Our Facebook Group:  Hula Hoop City Facebook Group  The Master Playlist: Master Hooping Playlist – Tons of Hoop Dance Songs  Previous Playlists: 2016 Monthly Playlists Much love, Safire June – May – April March – February – January    

10 Tips for Hooping at the Bar

Hello Hoopers, It’s a Friday night and you want to get your dance on. You’re going out and of course you want to bring your hoop along! The unfortunate thing is some bars and clubs have stopped letting hula hoops inside. The worst thing that can happen is to have a bar officially decide to never allow hoopers to bring in a hoop again. Once the decision to coat check hoops have been made, then that location might never be hoop friendly again. So below are some basic hooper etiquette tips to follow when bringing your hoop out in public for the night. If we all hoop respectfully around others than together we can keep hoops allowed in public spaces.  Much love, Safire Tips for Hooping in a Bar 1. Get there early: If you like dancing in a club or bar environment you’re best t...

Teacher Training Hoop Dance Certification FAQs

Hello Hoopers,  It is common to have a lot of questions when first looking into hoop dance certification. Below are some of the key questions people have when first beginning their research. Feel free to post below with other other questions you have about hoop dance certification and I’ll do my best to answer them!  Much love, Safire Do I have to be certified to teach hooping? No. Certification is not mandatory and Hula Hoop City promotes the idea that certification should never be mandatory for hooping. If you want to take training and certification it should be because you want to improve as an instructor and increase your skills to benefit your students not just to get a piece of ‘paper.’ Why should I take a hoop teacher training? Teacher training programs will help y...

8 Hairstyle Tutorials for Hoop Dancers

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 #4 Puffy Space Buns!   #5 Faux-Hawk     #6 Double Dutch Braids #7 Simple Double Braid ...

Embracing your Sexuality: Part One – Admitting the Struggle

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’m pretending to be a woman, like a watered down version of someone else who has more allure, mo...

You’ll Never Guess the Hoop Video with Over 12 Million Views!

Guess what?! So the other day I found a YouTube Hoop Video with over 12 MILLION VIEWS!!!! I was amazed that I had NEVER ever seen it before!! It made me wonder what other videos are out that that have gotten tons of views over the years. Below is a list of some of the MOST VIEWED hoop videos on YouTube! **Please Note: These are just the most viewed on YOUTUBE. I recognize that there are videos on Facebook as well that have TONS of views but needed to keep things simple. 1,186,001 views 1,313,555 views 1,743,401 views 1,748,476 views 1,838,137 views 1,986,643 views 2,915,871 views 3,734,824 views 4,102,637 views 4,483,814 views 6,007,765 views And the most viewed hoop video on YouTube is…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Valentina’s Slinky Hoop Burlesque Act! 12,272...

10 Great Gifts for Hoop Dancers

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 make all their hoop making faster! Shiny Tapes: Having more tape never really gets old. Any Shiny Tape ...

10 Best Hoop Tricks for Performers

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 pitch for corporate or family events. If you are making an act for fun, personal, or artistic expressi...

First Hoop Videos on YouTube – Hooping History

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. While chatting, Mia asked me how I first learned hoop dance. I explained that in the beginning I was s...

DIY Hooping Clothes

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’re not that crafty or would prefer to support other artists and clothing designers, check out ...

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