Since I started teaching and holding hoop jams in the park I am meeting all kinds of hoop virgins. It takes a while to figure out what works and what doesn’t as far as hooping goes. Everything from choosing the right hoop for you to the best place to practice to what music brings out the dancing Goddess in you to what to wear are things you will start to work out on your own as you go along. In the mean time, here are a few tips on what to wear to enhance your hoop dance experience.
One lesson I had to learn a few times–and maybe I can save you the trouble–is that wearing the wrong clothes can make your early hooping experiences a lot less fun. Though I like the look of hip hugging pants and skirts, if they don’t fit just right they are just wrong. When the pants start to slide down and the hoop is still up where it belongs it is beyond distracting to know that at some point you are going to have to yank those pants back up. And even when you do get them back where they belong, minutes later you will be repeating the process. Skirts with an elastic waist band always manage to work their way up around my waist. I’ve learned to wear a pair of shorts under them so even if they hike up I’m covered. Bulky clothes make it much more challenging to feel the hoop on your body. And slick, shiny, slippery man-made fabrics will have the hoop sliding right off your body.
The hoop loves skin. It clings to skin like a glove. When it comes to hooping attire, less is definitely more. Bare arms, bare midriff, bare thighs all make hooping much easier. If you are not ready to go bare anywhere just yet, the next best thing to skin is natural fabrics that have a little texture to them like cotton and denim. A great alternative to shorts is cotton skirts that are knee-length or a little shorter. If a tank top feels too bare, a sleeveless or cap-sleeve t-shirt will work.
Here’s what I can tell you from my own experience and from watching countless women who have recently taken up the hoop; the more you play with your hoop, the more you practice, the more your relationship with your body will change and the shape of your body will transform in ways that will surprise and amaze you. It happened for me and for so many other women I know.
There is an entire hoop dance culture these days, and every culture has its costumes. Early hoop dancers gravitated to some of the styles worn by modern bellydancers and then added their own twists. You will find a grand mix of elements in clothes now designed with the hoop dancer in mind. When you are ready to fabulize your hoop dance look here are a few fun online resources to check out.
Ipseity Designs for “Timeless urban Goddess wear”