Hoopdancer vs Hooper
Most of you don't realize that over the last few weeks when many people were complimenting me, I was internalizing: "Uh, I suck." It wasn't till I wrote Plus Size Hooping where I included my progression videos that I really could see my progress. That's when it hit me that I have grown as a hooper.
That word...hooper. I really didn't believe I was a "hooper" till I left Caraleeena's class. I just felt like a fraud. The moment I walked out of that class I was like, "Now, I feel like a hooper." Yet out of all that I still don't feel like I'm a hoopdancer or that I hoopdance. What is the difference between the two and how do I find my inner hoopdance?
My personal definitiions seem to be:
Hooper - [hoo-per] -noun- a person who can do many skilled tricks with a hula hoop.
Hoopdancer- [hoop-dans]-noun- 1. a person who can do tricks and dance with their hoop like it is their partner
2. a person who performs their hooping routine rhythmically with music.
3. a person who performs their hooping in a flowing manner
I just don't feel like I'm dancing with my hoop. Maybe this comes with the fact that I can't dance. I really can't. My form of dance is "interpretive" and "jumping up and down." So how do I put my lack of dance skills into my hoopdance? The things that I would like to do while hooping never flow out of me as I hoop when I do try to dance.
Is this because I do not have flow? Hell, I don't even know what flow is and why is this the thing we are wanting to achieve? That is why I always say groove. If I have a groove with my hoop, then, it's just coming out. I'm having fun, we are making invisible music together, and I can mess with stuff. To acheive groove seems so much more attainable than to achieve floooooow. Flow seems like this thing that may never happen for me.
Some random online dictionary says flow is to proceed continuously and smoothly. I don't do any of that, so I'm not flowing. I'm not reaching any higher spiritual plane with my hoop. So I guess I don't have flow. I can have all the flow in my head but the moment the hoop comes in contact with my body, it all comes out. My hoop tells me where to go.
If you have any suggestions on how you put dance in your hoop, tell me. I'm all ears.