02 August 2007
I began hooping Tuesday! It's fabulous! Just me, the music and a hoop spinning around me . . . well, and an instructor and about 10 other people who are taking the class with me.
Yes, I'm reverting back to days of childhood when I was a kid playing with my hula hoop! And I adore it! I'm taking classes at Hooprama under the instruction of hoop dancer Sunny Becks! She's amazing. She hooped through most of her pregnancy, and I saw her perform just about a week after having her baby. Amazing!
So it was possibly the most fun I've had working out for an hour. And I could have hooped for even longer than that. It's an amazing workout, and I recommend it. If you're in Nashville, register quickly! I joined after my friend Kara kept talking about maybe taking the class. I was hoping to get a renewed exercise routine that may help me with my dance moves. I think I may be able to even incorporate it into my bellydance, actually. The moves are not the same, but there are some similarities. And I believe I can fuse the hands of Middle Eastern dance into the hoop dance. I don't know. I'm thinking far ahead of myself. For now, I will work on keeping the hoop on my body.
I purchased a hoop yesterday and will get it Saturday (these aren't your average hula hoops you can purchase at Target; they are large and weighted for a strong workout). So if after Friday you see someone with a dual-tone green hoop spinning around her body in Centennial Park or at the crossroads of Wedgewood and Music Row, it's just me trying to keep the hoop going. Honks and waves from my friends are welcome!