Hoop Dancing vs. Hooping - Passion and Energy


                                                 Photo: Performance at SouthWoods in Titusville PA

Consider this a journal entry for my thoughts on the matter, and how I personally feel about the topic.

Hoop dance is my passion. Hooping is my exercise.

I danced (mostly on my own, took some classes but quit early) throughout my life since childhood. I put dance on the back burner while learning how to master hooping, starting at age 25. Hooping for years brought me to the ability to combine them and hoop dance. It didn't happen overnight, but it did come together after about 2 years. With each passing year, it gets more intense. I have now been hooping for over 3 and a half years.

I am hoop dancing when I am showing and feeling passion in the art form and putting more energy in than when I am just hooping. I feel this is the difference between hooping and hoop dance. I feel a huge difference in cardio, muscle toning, and overall happiness when I am lost in my dance and purposely inputting much more energy than just hooping. I am taking up space, I am moving around in bigger areas, I am putting my body into different positions and making shapes. When I feel happy and energetic, I am hoop dancing. When I am in a rut or unhappy, I am usually just hooping and going through the motions. I can see and feel the difference. Spending a day hooping makes me feel good, but spending a day hoop dancing makes me feel complete, centered, and at peace.

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Feeling my passion with doubles in my "Dark Horse" video - on YouTube

My hoop dance usually comes out in front of crowds or on video, when I want to put that energy somewhere it can be seen and experienced by others. I feel I have something to prove, and I enjoy that feeling. I like to be held accountable for things I do, because I struggle with motivation. When I am alone, I normally am just hooping and don't feel inspired. Hooping alone, I am just kinda going through the motions. When I am with friends, performing, or recording a video for others to watch, I often hoop dance. When I am feeling at peace with myself and my surroundings, I let that passion pour out. I typically avoid hooping alone, and I much prefer the company of good friends that enjoy hooping and flow arts.

For some people, their passion comes out in the form of what I call "hooping on steroids". They may not be doing dance moves or fitting the definition of "dancing", but it feels the same way to them. It is still passion. You can see that they are putting in much more energy than is required to accomplish the tricks. They are doing them super fast or combining them much more quickly than the average hooping style. They are choosing tricks that take much more focus, energy and skill than the average hooping style. They are striving for a crowd response and a sense of amazement from their audience. They are passionate and want people to see it in the way they move. Their chosen style does not make them more or less of a talented hooper. They are just as passionate as a slow, dance-style hooper.

This article was inspired by a quote that I saw in a hooping group by Payton Kaarbo, that she remembered from somewhere else:

"Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible." - Anonymous

Payton in one of her graduation photos that her boyfriend took for her. She posted in Infinite Circles - facebook group.

What are YOUR thoughts on hooping vs. hoop dancing? What are your thoughts on passionate practice vs. regular practice?