Behind the Back Moves – Part 1

The Swing Start has been a favourite hoop move of mine for a long time, it allows you to go with the hoop flow. As with all moves though I like to dissect them after a while see where else they might lead. In this older tutorial I showed you the Swing Start to Mandala … Keep reading

This is my Dance

Deanne Hoopdancing at Irene Warehouse

This is my dance. Messy & uneven much like my hair. This is my dance. Most commonly done with a circle or two. This is my dance. It is my art. This is my dance. Through it I learn to live. This is my dance. Never perfect but always real. This is my dance. It … Keep reading

Break & Fold – Hula Hoop Trick Tutorial

Hooping Break and Fold

Following on from last week’s Paddles & Breaks tutorial (which got a lot of love, thank you so much!) this week I want to share a funky little move that can be used in a Flow Session or to shift up your hoop dance. It is a great transition from shoulder and chest hooping. I … Keep reading

Paddling and Breaking – A Hoop Move Tutorial

Paddles and Breaks Hoop Tutorial

This paddle and break move is one of the most requested tutorials I have had recently.

I have to say that I have not been to a class with Baxter, whom I believe to be the pioneer of the paddling technique, this is a rhythm that I came to understand in my own body.

I had even thought of clearing my schedule and flying all the way to North Carolina to the Hoop Path Retreat just to get a glimpse of Baxter doing his thing in real time. Sadly that wasn’t possible so I had to figure it out myself. This is a variation of paddling that is a left and right rotation with breaks. This is just one form of paddling with breaks and will likely open up new patterns and rhythm in your hooping.

For more inspiration check out some of the videos I watched to help me understand and teach the basic symmetrical paddle and break move.

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Palm Spin Flow Session

Palm Spin Flow Session

You know I am a huge fan of Flow Sessions aka sequences of hoop moves that flow together. They help put all of the puzzle pieces in place. Learning tricks and playing with technique is important and keeps you motivated and learning but transitioning moves together is what gives you access to the sort after … Keep reading