An account of my day as hula hooper extraordinaire…
Upon entering Don’t Drop the Dumbells on Hardman Street, an arty underground space with welcoming couches and all sorts of unusual paintings on the wall, I was greeted by multiple flashes of colour. Flashes, I say, because these colours were not stationary; they were the whirling shades of the hula hoops a-balancing on the hips of several happy ladies. Held by Kay Dent, professional hula hoop artist and the same girl that had mesmerised me one week before at the Canary Cage, I had arrived at my Introduction to Hula Hooping class. Slightly late (as usual), the other members had already mastered a basic hoop technique and now it was my turn to get stuck in.
Despite having danced incessantly throughout my younger years, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to master the hoop! Luckily, Kay was on hand to offer regular tips to the entire group and then to dip in and out of the crowd to address each individual hooper’s needs. After a few clumsy attempts and lots of perserverance, I managed to master a few little tricks!
- The basic hoop: balancing the hoop around my waist by shifting my weight from front to back, dispelling the popular myth that hula hooping is all about rotating your hips.
- A hand hoop: balancing the hoop on one hand and spinning it above me or to my side, and even managing to shift hands during the flow without disturbing the rhythm.
- A bootie bounce: those of you that are aware of my junk in the trunk can insert a relevant bum joke here (yes, Matthew David Breen and Vicky Horrocks, I can hear the laughter from here). This was the most difficult to master but by far the most rewarding! I managed to shift my body while the hoop was around my waist so that I was bouncing my legs, sticking out my bum and generally feeling a little bit like Rihanna at the Brits. Such a cute move!
Because I was having so much fun I didn’t notice the amount of work I was doing; for days afterwards my belly and legs felt stiff and it sounds crazy but I actually felt a bit more toned after such a short session. If you’ve been putting off that January diet and are looking for a hilarious way to learn a new skill and sculpt yourself to perfection then hula hooping could be the thing for you.
Kay is launching a new five-week hula hoop class in Liverpool. You can either drop in and out of the sessions every week or sign up to the full course. Beginners will be taught all they need to know and those wishing to take things further will be able to learn from a master! Here’s all you’ll need to know if you’re interested.
Per 90 minute session: £6
Entire five week course: £25 (saving £5 overall)
The Belvedere, Liverpool
Saturday 5th March, 12.30-2pm
Saturday 19th March, 12.30-2pm
Saturday 2nd April, 12.30-2pm
Saturday 16th April, 12.30-2pm
Saturday 30th April, 12.30-2pm
Hoops are provided in an array of sizes, weights and colours and are available to purchase after the class for £5.
If you’d like to find out more then click here to join the Pink Hoops Facebook group. This is where Kay posts lots of information about the courses and her upcoming projects and I’m sure she would love to hear from you.