When I started hooping, (seven years ago this week! Happy Hoopiversary to me!) I was instantly inspired by the beautiful hoop/burlesque fusion work of Valentina Martin. Despite my desire to explore this sexy form of movement, I found myself making excuses of why I shouldn't (or couldn't) do it.
There were soooo many reasons why I felt I couldn't - I'm not in good enough shape, I've never done it before, I'm too old to start now, I don't have the right skills, I'd have to take my clothes off WHILE hooping (so much multitasking!! How is that even possible?!) WAIT...I HAVE TO TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF ON STAGE... (Oh, the horror!! This is burlesque! I am not brave enough!
With the help of some friends and the lovely ladies of the New York School of Burlesque, I took to the stage of the Lower East Side's legendary The Slipper Room. You can see the entire performance below and there's also a video vignette about my process, too!
It was totally a risk worth taking. I feel (like I knew I would, once I got out of my own way) accomplished and proud that I went for it. It wasn't perfect, but I feel great about it. And now that I've gotten the first performance out of the way, it will only get better. And easier!
Are you someone who wants to explore something new, but are standing in your own way? Are you interested in trying hoop dance, but are scared that you won't be good enough? No matter what it is you want, I encourage you to shut down the monkey mind and step up to the plate. Our souls yearn for new challenges! And, of course, if hoop dance is your new personal challenge this year, please consider joining us for classes at La Luz! The next six week series begins Tuesday, January 19th. More info can be found here. I hope you enjoy the videos!