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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...

Hula Hoop Bags – Hoop Huggies, Carriers, & Straps

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 options on Etsy.  Hoop Loops by FreestyleSpirals Hula Hoop Carrying Straps by WhirlandDirvish   ...

Hula Hooping Music Playlists

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 in your life. Compiling regular playlists will be a fun way to mark point  my world with music over ...

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 ...

5 Tips for Saving Money as a Hoop Performer

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 all the best of your incredible journey! Safire 1. Get your costs covered! When you are communicatin...

Staying Sane as a Entrepeneur

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 itself but everything to do with you and your sanity. Below are my top tips for staying sane while w...

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...

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