When I came to Aerial Dance in the beginning, I fell in love with pole. To me, pole was all that ever existed. I knew that there were other aerial sports, but I was always set on pole. Those hearts in my eyes had poles in them. That’s not the case anymore-I tried hoop for the first time Monday, and I’m hooked!
I didn’t ace anything on the first try. That hardly ever happens, and it definitely didn’t happen that night. I am still gaining back that body awareness and I certainly do not have as much strength as I would like. That’s OK, because I love a challenge. I get discouraged sometimes, like we all do. However, when I’m faced with something that is difficult, I want to conquer it. That hoop intimidated me, but the only way I was going to know how I felt was to get in that hoop!

It was great! I was falling in love all over again, this time with a different aerial sport!

Looks frightening... but is fun!

Looks frightening… but is fun!

I wasn’t a whiz at it. Some of my pole skills were transferable, but I struggled just as much as anyone else, if not more! I had to remember to pace myself. I also had to remind myself that this was my first time–no one was expecting me to do anything but try. Try I did. I enjoyed learning this trick at the end of class. I was so happy that I started “seal clapping,” or what I call “happy clapping.” I can get pretty excitable sometimes, and that’s one of the side effects. Had I been posing correctly, I would look like my classmate in the background!
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Those who have been in pole are aware of “pole kisses,” a kind name for the lovely little bruises that come with the sport.  Let me tell you, hoop is not without it’s own “kisses.” You might not see the red line of blisters, but I sure felt them! My thought when I took this picture was “It buuuuuurrrrrrnnnnnsss! Why wont’ it stop?!” Don’t worry, it eventually stops.

It might just be the honeymoon phase, but I don’t care; I’m in love with hoop! I’ve scheduled it for next week, and I am soooo excited! They could hardly get me out of the hoop for Bendy Babe!

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Hoop selfies! I’m probably not supposed to do that…. do as I say, not as I do. 🙂

Maybe I’ll see you at next week’s hoop class?