I know I write about hooping a lot but damn, man, it’s what I do. You don’t want to hear about my job so why not read about something I enjoy? Anyways, Sunny down at Hooprama is opening up registration for January hoop classes. All classes are six weeks long, ya get a workout and it’s fun! Plus, there are different levels, so once you graduate from Level One, you can proceed to Two, so on & so forth. Read the description of the Level One class below; all class descriptions can be found here.

[copied from the Hooprama website, created & maintained by Sunny]:

Level One is a 6 week class series designed for the beginner. No experience is necessary! Come join us for a fun, fresh “retro” class that revitalizes the mind, body and spirit! We focus on hooping basics and performing very basic moves on/off the body. Instruction is followed by group activities with an emphasis on community and dance. A variety of music is used in class which will provide a rich mixture of sound for your hoop fitness experience! Space is limited and our classes always sell out quickly, so don’t delay! Click here for the class schedule and to register.”

I personally will be signing up have signed up for the Cool Springs Level One class. Even though I’ve been hooping for almost three months, I think this will help me greatly with smoothing out some of motions and straightening out my planes.

And hey, if you don’t hoop, no worries! You can be taught. There is also a new Strength, Stretch & Balance class “combining yoga, gym & hooping” BUT “no hooping is required!”

I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration to become a hooper. You will have to click on it since WordPress.com is not letting me post a Vimeo video like I do with Youtube. This is hooper Jessica Sparks!

Jess Hoops: 8 weeks 5 days, 2 birds

Yes, I’m still not writing as much. It’s because I’m hoop dancing a LOT because I would love to be as amazing as SaFire, who is the performer in today’s FGF. She is just awesome and I love her tutorials, which help a hell of a lot. Plus, great taste in music–she’s performing to Nashville’s very own Paramore! The song is the hit single “Misery Business,” which always made me want to dance anyways and now I just want to hoop dance to it!

Once you’ve watched this video, help SaFire win $1,000,000 in the ClipStar competition. Go to Clipstar and vote for SaFire’s “Misery Business” Hoop Dance video. If she wins, she will donate $100,000 of the winnings to charity.

As I posted previously, I bought a hula-hoop from the Etsy shop Sunbeam Laserbeam. It. Is. AWESOME! After I picked it up from Leigh on Monday night, I immediately ran–well, drove–home & started hooping in my living room to the dulcet tones of Rock Band 2. I haven’t hooped since I was kid so I did drop the hoop a lot.

Yesterday, I hooped some more (practice makes perfect!). I am now able to keep the hoop up on my waist most of the time & I can knee hoop fairly well. This has not come without its own “dangers,” one being I’m hooping in an apartment with expensive electronics.

I should probably preface this with a neon “I’m clumsy” sign. If you know me well, you know this. I constantly trip, bump into things, hit my head, et cetera and have unexplainable bruises thanks to my clumsiness. Mom even put me in dance lessons as a kid (seven years, I miss it!) to help my klutziness. I’m great on the stage/dance floor…no music, not so much. Maybe I just need to constantly hear music…..Anyways, back to the story. I have “hooping” bruises on hips, which is to be expected. A weighted object is circling an area many times–it will leave a bruise. But I also have them (bruises, not hoops) on my knees. Everytime I started to drop the hoop, I managed to spread my stance and squat just enough to crack my knee with the hoop, rather than being able to shimmy it back to my waist as originally intended.

Bruises from a hoop are nothing compared to what I did when I twirled flags in high school: busted my mouth & lip, numerous bumps to the back of the head, bruises to the ankles, shins & knees, and the coup de grace–blacked my left eye & prolly fractured the cheekbone and dented my forehead slightly. True story; the black eye happened on my third day of twirling. Everything else occurred during the first three months. But in no way am I complaining! My bruises prove I’m learning and I’m loving the idea of hooping during next year’s music festival road trip. In fact, the hoop dancers at Summer Camp are the reason I started hooping. I’ve even started hooping to music yesterday before I stopped for the day. A Perfect Circle is fun for hooping, I’ve found.

I’ll leave you with pics from my Flickr photostream of my bruises. I’ll add one of me & my hoop later; it’s really colorful & it GLOWS!

And if anyone has any tips for how to shimmy the hoop back up when it starts to drop, please tell me!

As I posted yesterday, del.icio.us is supposed to auto-post my new bookmarks every morning. Either I messed up with the URL-XML-PRC thing, or the problem documented in the forum is occuring. So today’s links were lovingly handtyped for your clicking pleasure. Maybe it will work tomorrow. And for your viewing pleasure (found on TechCrunch, links to article about Gmail outage):

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