Getting Smooth Hooping Transitions and Preparing for Flow

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Photo Credit: Aisling Images
Photo Credit: Aisling Images


The reason I put "preparing for flow" in the title is because flow can be a long process. It is not to be taken lightly or to be taken for granted. However, this article will get you prepared to eventually feel that flow and effortlessly glide through your dance.

If you desire flow without any tricks at all, this article may not be for you. This article explains how to transition between tricks and eventually make it look effortless.

1. Flow Takes Time

The most important tip: Do not rush it, and do not force it. Wait for it to come to you. Be patient, and try to give it at least 1 year of constant, dedicated practice (daily practice for best results). Some people who practice obsessively might get there before 1 year. Some people may need years to achieve flow. That's okay, do not rush it.

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2. Know Your Planes

Learn and memorize horizontal and vertical planes with your hoop, and become familiar with which tricks are in which plane. Read this article to fully understand planes and then come right back to this article to complete your learning. Article on planes If you find repeat information, that is okay. The more you read it, the better it will stick!

3. Keep Clean Planes

Learn and memorize tricks that are in both planes or are used to switch from one plane to another. Keep your planes clean, straight and controlled. Look in a mirror or record yourself on video. You will want to see for yourself if things are improving. If you don't have a way to watch yourself, you will never know if you are getting the results you want.

4. Take Notes

Make a list of all of the tricks and moves that you know and then organize them by vertical, horizontal, or transitional planes. Make a list of plane-transition moves that includes which plane to start on and which plane it ends up on. Example: The escalator starts on a vertical plane on your legs, but ends up in a horizontal plane above your head. Also read our article on how taking notes can greatly improve your skills and flow: Article on taking notes

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5. Make Combinations

Choose a handful of moves (about 5) to put together to make a combination. Use your new knowledge of planes and transitions. Try them as a routine and practice to perfect the transitions between all 5 moves. This is your new “combo”.

6. Add Combinations Together

Memorize all of your new combos. As you continue to practice, you will find yourself putting several combos together to form a long, well-executed group of tricks that will flow together nicely! TAH DAH!

A screen shot from Alisha Donnelly's YouTube Video


Please report your results after you have practiced this for several months. Let us know how much this helped you and tell your friends! Stay tuned to this website for more information to help you learn. Enter our giveaways as they are announced!


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