Behind-the-Back Elbow Duck-In!! You Can Do It!


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This is one of my absolute favorite technical tricks! Not only is it a (Look Ma) No Hands(!) trick, it looks awesome whipping in and out of those duck-ins from behind the back.


Elbow Hooping :

Behind The Back Elbow Pass:


Hoop Star super grippy hoop featured in this video, available in 6 colors only at Monarch Hoops And Dance.

( available in polypro and PE )


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Get More LIKES on Your Performance Video!!

Three basic steps to getting more likes on your performance videos


1.First you have to get your audience to actually click on your video.

  • Make an eye catching thumbnail 
  • Write an intriguing description. You could Point out an interesting part of your video or a way this video makes you feel.
  1. Keep them watching. The first impression will determine if people will watch past the 1st 15 seconds.
  • Make your video well lit
  • Film in a nice location
  • Try new and fun camera angles
  • Perform for the audience, be absolutely captivating
  • Show your personality! Be unique!
  1. Don’t drag it out too looooong. Keep the audience wanting more And they will click through to watch your next video.


Elbow Hooping Online Lesson


Watch the entire online lesson:

Start adding more impressive tricks to your routine!

Elbow hooping relieves stress and tense muscles by activating, strengthening, and gently stretching all the muscles in your shoulders neck, chest, and upper back.

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Hula Hoop Boot Camp Will Spin You Into Shape


“According to a study by the American College on Exercise (ACE), hula hooping can burn seven calories per minute, as many as a grueling boot camp class, and can raise the heart rate to about 84 percent of its max.” Jan 22, 2013

So here’s a little perspective on that:

15min x 7cal = 105 calories

30min x 7cal = 210 calories

60min x 7cal = 420 calories

The important word in that quote is ‘can,’ and more likely if you hoop like your at hula hoop boot camp! When your done, if you worked so hard you feel like you just completed boot camp, then you’re definitely movin’ and groovin’ that fat away.

Here are 5 ways to help you hoop harder and burn more calories!

  1. Make a pumped up playlist playlist.
  2. Set a timer and hoop the whole time.
  3. Make a list of tricks you want to work on. Look at this list when you can’t think of anything to do.
  4. Hoop with your heart and engage your whole body. Be aware from your fingers to your toes. Don’t be lazy.
  5. Prepare for hoop practice, wear ‘hoop clothes’ so you have zero physical restrictions, get your water, do your stretches before hand.

You can do it, push yourself and burn those calories! Mix this with a healthy smealthy diet and YES, you can lose weight hula hooping!

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My Best Hula Hoop Blog Post…and Worst Post Ever.

IMG_9957The Monarch Hoop Troop recently finished their yearly Fantasy of Lights performance. The half hour show precedes the parade through town at 7pm. As The Troop is rushing through the rain to the parade start, a Hoop Mom put her hand on my back and said ‘We have a sad hooper.’

Oh no!

12 Year old Emma was upset to tears with her ‘freestyle’ solo performance. She had no idea she had done something incredible, she had  made a choice to give something new and exciting a go. 

‘Emma you looked fabolous up there! What is bothering you?’

‘My freestyle performance was not good.’

‘I thought it was great and even if you didn’t think so, that is ok. This was your first performance ever, therefore, yes, it was your worst performance ever. It was also your best performance ever! You will continue to perform better and better shows. Everyone has had their first awkward freestyle performance, it is a necessary!’

The point is, welcome to my first awkward blog post. Technically the best blog I have ever written!

IMG_0052Emma noticeably  improved her skills and confidence by the end of the parade. She took risks in her freestyle performances which paid off in the way of hooping on her foot, for the first time, in the center of town.

Experience is the best of all teachers. Give it a go.