5 Hula Hoop Dance Tips from Professional Hoop Dancers
This is a guest post from Kayla Marie. Last year Kayla attended my Hooping Retreat in the Poconos where she became a certified Hooping with Kids teacher. Read on and learn about Kayla’s worldwide adventures in traveling and hooping.
On August 31st, 2014 I packed up my car and left home to journey the United States on my own. I traveled from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, Dallas to Los Angeles, making a point of it to visit Denver on my way back East. I hit a total of 17 cities and towns before landing in Georgia, where my Mom had recently moved to, ending my journey in November.
Many people thought this was crazy to do but I had to do something to free my restrained spirit and I hope, that my leap of faith will inspire you to act and overcome fear that may be holding you back from becoming a better you.
I grew up in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, just below Erie. There, I spent two and a half years teaching and performing hoop dance, amongst regular jobs, and was quite satisfied with my success in hooping. Life brought me an amazing mentor, Jennifer Dennehy, who had given me many opportunities to grow and learn those years as a hooper. I was also a part of the Lake Effect Hoop Troop and I considered the troop to be a family to me.
Yet, there was misery growing inside of me. I had very few real friends, I never felt my family at home was a real family, and the majority of my surroundings were soul-sucking, rather than enriching. Although every day I felt pain, I took what lessons I could learn from it rather than letting it drag me down. In June of 2014 I thought of traveling.
I had to get out of here as I had been telling myself for years and this was the time, especially with my Mom selling our house. The song “Grey Street” by Dave Matthews Band was ‘my song’ for a while. After I had thought of traveling , “Grey Street” randomly played on my iPod and that cringe in my heart I would always feel listening to it wasn’t there. That moment I knew that this idea of ‘traveling’ the answer I had been searching for.
I started mapping my journey, sending emails in attempt to set up hoop workshops, and began selling my belongings. Before leaving I considered all I had to fear on this journey, fears of my car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, car theft and potential assault amongst other problems that come with being a woman. I acknowledged these fears and moved forward.
I felt comfortable getting all the way down to Atlanta, hitting Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. on my route. The real fear set in before I headed West. I would be doing multiple 9-12 hours drives on uncharted territory, all by myself. Luckily, couch surfing was a huge part of the journey so I was not always alone.
Anyway, I made it to California, even getting to hang out with Sarah in San Diego! After it all, I was eager to head back East. I had experienced a year’s worth of living into two months. What I overcame: city traffic (I come from a town with four stoplights!), having to find places to stay within days’ notice, being confronted by random men I was not comfortable around, walking around questionable places, and driving in dead zones in the middle of Texas (I am very grateful my car managed the entire journey).
The amazing experiences: I got to visit many cities around the US, meet amazing people, both from couch surfing and exploring cities, taught in two major cities and street performed in many, I learned about car maintenance, I got to see the country’s incredibly diverse land, I learned how to busk, I practiced the art of trading, and most importantly, did something for myself that was much bigger than what my life was before.
As of today, I am in the Philippines visiting my Dad and step-family until January 31st, and planning a workshop tour upon my return. Deep down, I’m terrified, but at the same time, I have faith and confidence that I will prevail. Having faced challenges and overcoming fears in my journey, I have learned to see fear in a different light to help motivate me to overcome what lies in my future. Below are tips on how changing our view of fear can better help us face it:
1. Is it going to kill you? If not, go for it. Yes, in going in for our goals we may stumble, get embarrassed, or have to try and try again. Mistakes will be made but we can only become smarter, stronger and more experienced people than we are now.
2. View whatever you may be facing as a challenge, a competitor. I find myself getting caught up in fears about coming home and having to support myself. To help myself lighten up about it, I envision the obstacles in my way and say “Bring it on b*****.”
3. Don’t think about it too much. Getting hung up on possible negative outcomes will only help you hold yourself back. Acknowledge what worries you, and think of ways to be prepared in case you need to handle unexpected situations. After that, forget about what worries you and just dive in.
4. Look at the people you admire. They took risks, criticism, and have made mistakes. Watching people you admire succeed and knowing their stories are amazingly motivating. If they can do it, why can’t you?
Using these tips will motivate you and make you ready to face what’s in your way. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is all you need, whether it’s a little or a lot. Remember, doing something is better than nothing. Leave a comment below on what you want to overcome and how you will become a better, stronger person because of it!
Last of all, please help support the dream and check out my East coast tour workshops for 2015! You can also see my entire journey in my blog expressed through writing, photos, and hoop video on my website at Kayla Marie Hoop Dance.
PS. If you want to learn how to hoop dance, grab a free sample of my hoop dance choreography dvd here.
Due to filming The Bully Remedy Online Course, creating a matching Children’s book, and guest blogging for a prominent Psychologist, I have no new tutorials to share this week.
But you can take a look at some Behind the Scenes photos of the studio, illustrations for the book and more right here.
Today I wanted to share some photos of the talented graduates of The Hooping with Kids teacher training program. Read on for The Hooping with Kids student showcase:
My students are booking classes, performing and selling hoops all over! Want to do it too? Join us here.