Rising Sun (aka: Over the Back Pass)

This trick is pretty easy, but it personally took me a little while to get the hang of it. I think I was scared to release the hoop onto my hand, but once I found the confidence, it was easy to perfect. This is a tutorial from Babz. She begins by showing some simple behind the back passes to get you used to how the move feels. As with most of her tutorials, which I love, she shows the move in slow motion and explains everything from different views.

Thread the Needle

Caroleeena takes the Poi move Thread the Needle and adapts it to Mini Hoops. She wears a sock on one hand so you can tell which hand is moving. She shows the trick, the breaks it down and explains every part. The hoops have to come together at the same plane, and at the same time, which is called equal time. The trick has both hoops up and the same time, and down at the same time, but since you are moving your hands from front to back, they don’t hit each other. She also shows the trick from the side, which makes it much easier to see exactly how your hands and hoops should move. At the end of the video, she shows a short variation where you move one of the hoops behind you, then bring it back to the trick. Calroleeena also made a follow up video, An Exploration of Thread the Needle, which explains a lot more of the different variations of this trick.

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Basic Isolation

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Isolated Vortex

Basic Waist Hooping


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Isolated Barrel Roll (aka: The Bus Driver)

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Escalator (aka: Elevator, Body Twizzle)

You may be surprised that I have this labeled as a ‘beginner’ trick. Though this trick looks very difficult, it is actually incredibly easy to learn. This tutorial by BABZ shows the trick in slow motion, so you can see actly where the hoop is going to go. All you have to do is push the hoop against your side, and it will roll right up to your body, where you can catch it above your head. Babz has two follow up videos: The Reverse Escalator and Escalator Trick Variations.
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How to Start Hula Hooping: A Collection of Resources for Beginner Hoopers

Hooping Beginner
Photo by Jonathan Lidbeck

Maybe you saw a hoop dancer at a recent festival, or came across a performance video online, or you have a friend that is already under the hoop spell. If you’ve been admiring the hoop from afar and are ready to experience the hoop love yourself, here are some of my favourite resources for beginners to get started:

Beginner Hula Hoop Trick List

On our own trick list, you can view tricks that are good for beginners. Here you can start learning the easier tricks to get your body used to moving with the hoop. If you are truly picking up the hoop for the first time, take a look at our collection of tutorials on how to hula hoop on your waist.

Jensen Hussey’s Guide for New Hoopers

Jensen Hussey gets very detailed in her Guide for New Hoopers. This is an excellent resource for people that are really excited and ready to being their hoop practice. She figured out a way to calculate which size hoop is the best for your body by working with your height and waist measurement. She also goes over how to get the hoop to stay on your waist and how to move forward into the wonderful world of hooping after you get that down.

Start Hooping & Resources from Troo Hoops

Troo Hoops explains how to begin your hoop journey on their Start Hooping page. It’s filled with tips on how to keep the hoop on your waist, how to exercise with your hoop, video tutorials, and getting involved in the hoop community.

How to Hula Hoop from Hooping.org

This Hooping.org article talks about how to start hooping at your waist. They break it down to two easy tips: Make sure you have the right size hoop, and rock back and forth.

5 Tips to Make a Badass Hooping Tutorial

So you’ve got some tricks down and you want to share your knowledge? No better way than to make a video tutorial. If you get enough views you could make some side cash, and maybe even get a couple of fans. Here are some tips to make your first video a hit.

1. Show the trick first

People want to see what they are learning to do. Show the trick first and sell it. Make your viewers want to learn what you are teaching by showing how impressive the final result will be. If you don’t show the full trick first, many people are going to automatically skip to the end to see it. It’s really just annoying, and you don’t want to annoy people that could potentially share your video.

3. Make sure we can see you

Location is important here. Make sure you are in a brightly lit area, with nothing obstructing you from the camera. Place your camera on a tripod, or ask a friend to hold the camera and make sure you stay in the screen. Being able to see how the trick is actually done makes it a lot easier for your viewers to understand how to do it themselves.

2. Make sure we can hear you

Check your audio and make sure your voice is loud and clear. Most people are going to want to watch your video while they are practicing the trick. If they have to get super close to their computer to hear you, they aren’t going to have room to work with their hoop. Either make sure your mic can pick you up clearly, or edit your video and do a voice over. Also, stay away from music in the background of your tutorials. It just gets in the way, save it for your performance videos.

4. Edit your video

Using a video editor you can make a title screen, do voice overs, and show difficult movements in slow motion. There are many free programs available. Some may already be installed on your computer (Windows: Movie Maker or Mac: iMovie). Don’t be intimidad by the technology, many of these programs are easier to figure out than they look.

5. Be detailed

It can be easier to learn a trick if you break it into parts. Give tips on what helped you when you were learning this trick. Explain what you’ve noticed what other people have problems with when they are learning. If there are other things that should be learned before your tutorial is attempted, suggest it. If there are drills of movements that can be practiced to make learning your trick easier, show them.

Hinge Transitions

Deanne from HOOPLOVERS explains Hinge Transitions. Transitions take you from trick to trick. These specific Hinge Transitions take your hoop cleanly to different Planes.