NOVEMBER IS ALL ABOUT HOOPS!
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They are colorful, they are the basic element of the hoop dance, they are fun & they can be our best partner to dance with!
They are the famous hula hoops!
And to be more exact, I am talking for the hoops throughout history.
The word “hula” was added later as a reference to the hula dance, where the hoops are used to express feelings. The first hula hoop product came from the company Wham – O, in the late ’50s, and it was a plastic version of the hoop. They promoted it as a game for kids & adults too. The hula hoop is a patented product by the company, which produces many other famous games for 70 years now, such as Frisby.
In the meanwhile, hoops have been a part of many cultures for far more many years, as games, gymnastics parts or dance partners. In ancient Greece, hoops were made from wood and many kids & adults played a game where they had to roll the hoops with the aid of a metal stick, for the most meters they could without the fall of the hoop. Native Americans & Australians used the hoops for their ritual dances. There you could meet hoops out of wood, bamboo & other natural elements. They used the hoops to tell a whole story & express feelings.
In the modern hoop dance, which started to get famous around the 90’s decade, hoops are made out of plastic & they usually get dressed with tapes, which sometimes make it easier for the dancer to handle the hoop.
There are mostly 2 types of hoops, concerning the production material.
1. Hoops out of polyethylene (medium or high density)
Used mostly for on-body moves, this kind of hoops are heavier, slower & help the danced get acquainted with the body movements along with the hoop. They are truly useful for the first steps of a hooper, and we usually meet them dressed with colorful tapes, cause the basic colors are limited to black, blue & white. At the same time, the tapes used, help the grip of the hoops so they won’t fall so easily. They are ideal for a workout because their weight forces us to put more effort.
2. Hoops out of polypropylene
Polypro hoops were produced not too many years ago, causing a revolution to the worldwide hoop community. The polypro pipe is way lighter than the polyethylene one & way more flexible. They are used mostly for off-body movements and to more ambient on-body ones. Since they are produced in many different colors, there is no reason to add tapes on this type of hoops.
The diameter of the hoops varies a lot & it depends on the level of each hooper. According to physics, the bigger the diameter, the slower the hoop moves. So we start our first steps in hoop dance with bigger hoops (diameter of 95cm to 105cm) which give us more time to activate our muscles we are going to use in each movement.
As the experience of the hooper grows, we tend to use smaller & lighter hoops (diameter of 70cm to 80cm). Smaller hoops give us the flexibility to achieve quicker moves & not get tired so easily.
Led hoops are also an innovation in the hoop industry. They call us to give in in the temptation of having one or more, cause the outcome is just “WOW”. There are two types of LED hoops too. The simple ones & the smart ones. Smart LED Hoops have programs that when a hoop is moving, the lights create forms such as hearts, circles or even more complicated images). Moodhoops, Astral Hoops & Spinfx are three of the most famous companies that produce LED Hoops.
WHICH IS THE RIGHT HOOP FOR ME?
- If you now start your journey to hoop dance, try a big & heavy hoop to help you make your first steps
- If you already know many tricks & movements, challenge yourself with a smaller & lighter hoop.
- If you are a hoop collector, you already know that having some hoops is never enough. Just add one more to your collection, which will differ from all the others!
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Did You Know?
The term “Hula Hoop” came from british sailors who had seen hula dancing in the Hawaian islands and thought the two looked rather similar.