I am so excited about the email I received yesterday from Philo Hagen, founder of Hooping.org, letting me know that Goddess Hooping has now been published (as requested) on their Hooping Names Directory. Though I am still gearing up in preparation for launching my business as a Hoop Dance Teacher, I have been waiting for that listing before launching my blog and officially getting things rolling, as it were.
I have walked, or rather, hooped an unconventional path in my hoop dance journey. I became a certified Hoop Dance Teacher within a month of getting started with my first hoop. I took the teacher training first and the 12-Week class I intended to teach, later. I normally make a point of doing things ‘the right way’, and do my best not to make mistakes or get in over my head. With hoop dance all of that went out the window. I discovered so much passion I just wanted to get into the hoop and do it. I learned what I could as it was offered and have enjoyed every moment of it. I didn’t care how many times I dropped the hoop or that my muscles were sore or that I had several bruises and more where those came from. I had never found anything else I loved doing as much as hooping and I enjoyed every moment of the process.
I met Christabel Zamor aka Hoop Girl at an introductory class she offered. I was already so taken with hooping that I knew I wanted to share it with others. I asked her if it was possible for me to take her Hoop Girl Teacher Training given that I was brand new to hooping. She told me that there was a lot to learn but if I had the passion for it, that would take me a long way as long as I was willing to do the work to learn the skills and I was welcome to enroll in the training. I signed up a couple of days later and practiced as much as possible before the training began just two short weeks later.
Though I was a decade older than anyone else, I was relieved to discover that there were a two or three others in the training with less experience than I. There were several experienced hoop dancers, too–some of whom were performers. Women came from Singapore, Ecuador, Canada and St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands, as well as Washington, D. C. and Los Angeles. We were a mixed group who shared a passion for hoop dance and sharing the joy we’d all found in the hoop with others. Christabel guided us through the steps to becoming certified to teach Hoop Girl classes over three full days.
Me with Christabel Zamor and Julie Greicius, her wonderful teaching assistant for our training.
So proud of myself. And now it was time to get down to work and learn the moves that make hoop dance possible.
Our Hoop Girl Graduation was on September 13, 2009. Since then I have taken the Hoop Girl Level One twelve-week series, studied hooping videos from many excellent hoop dancers and hooped countless hours. It has been quite a journey and I am now making plans to teach my first Hoop Dance Class.