1. What is hoopdance?
Amazing, hip swinging, smile-producing cardiovascular and whole body toning workout, dance, and moving meditation form, using a hand-made hula hoop.
2. What should I wear / bring with me to class?
Natural fibers are best, any comfy workout clothing will do! Shoes are recommended for all outdoor classes, for inside classes, it’s up to you! Be sure to bring a water bottle to hydrate and your wonderful self with an open heart and mind, ready to receive and learn! 🙂
3. I’m brand new to modern hula hooping. What class should I take?
You are more than welcome to attend any of the ALL-LEVEL classes, which are perfect for beginners – even if you’ve never ever hooped before, or if it’s been a really long while since your last hoop sesssion 🙂 These classes are listed on our Learn page, please check it out for details.
If you feel like you might want a little more individual attention, private one-on-one lessons and group lessons (take a private lesson with friends and save!) with Allisone are also available. Check out the rates on our Learn page also.
All ages are welcome, toddlers to children to teens to adults to seniors to the young at heart (age is just a number) – as long as children under 18 have a parent or guardian present of course 🙂
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
- Preferred method for 1st time private clients/customers : https://squareup.com/market/allisone ~ We prefer that you use our Square Market Shop as first time clients or customers because it’s the safest and easiest way to process payments, give accurate receipts and simple refunds if necessary.
- For payments on hoops, private lessons, party deposits and other payments : Cash, checks to “Allison Miller”, and credit cards (with CA state sales tax added). PayPal also accepted with 5% convenience fee added.
- For classes held @ La Sierra, CRPD/Carmichael : exact Cash or Checks to “CRPD” ONLY
- For classes held @ McKinley Park : Cash, checks to “Allison Miller”, and credit cards (with CA state sales tax added). PayPal also accepted with 5% convenience fee added, pre-reigstation online @ mkt.com/allisone is highly encouraged to less administrative work at the park and maximize hooping fun!
- No refunds will be given if you are asked to leave class because of inappropriate behavior, discretion remains up to instructor. We aim to create a safe space for people of all ages and abilities to come together and enjoy the hoop, so please be mindful of this! We are here to support you as long as you can support your fellow hooper classmates.
5. Do you sell or make hula hoops?
* note from Allison, May 31, 2016 — I’m in the process of shifting my life around to make room for more awesome adventures, so after 9 years of hand-crafting thousands of hoops that have gone to happy hoopers all over NorCal & all of California, the United States, and even England & The Netherlands, I’ve decided to discontinue my larger-scale hoop making production. I’m going to be selling off the last of my stock during classes/events/special request only. Get in touch with me if you’d like to claim one of the last ones for your collection Also, check this page out for the remaining retail locations carrying our ready-made hoops xo
In the future, I would highly recommend purchasing high quality beautifully made hoops from a good friend and fellow NorCal hooper, Shannon @ Dance Hoops! She has been making hoops for as long as I have, and makes a wide variety of hoops for beginners & advanced hoopers, reflective hoops, colored and natural poly pro & HDPE, + special designs like lace, silk flowers, glitter, and even sectional hoops that can change sizes for your convenience! You can use code “SacHoop10” for 10% off your order ~ and she ships directly to your door! 😉
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(Shannon is also based in Northern California)
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6. What’s different about your hoops compared to ones found at the you stores?
Unlike hoops from toy stores or big box stores, each of our hoops is hand-crafted by Allison (and / or Shannon @ Dance Hoops) with love and care. She makes the hoops out of different kinds of tubing to offer very different hooping experiences. She helps you choose just the right size for your size, shape and ability so that you can have hooping success from day one with your new hoop. She wraps hoops with sun-catching shine and holographic tapes, as well as colorful cloth grip tapes to help the hoop stay on your body. Adult beginner hoops are typically heavy-weight, 40-46″ hoops, which are much larger and heavier that mass-produced hoops. The larger size and weight allows the hoop to travel more slowly, resulting in a more enjoying hooping session for the new user. We make hoops as small as 6″ (micro hoops for fingers, wrists, crowns and necklaces, to mini hoops (sets of 2) that range from 20 – 26″, children & toddler’s hoops that range from 28 – 38″, teen hoops that range from 30 – 44″ and adult hoops that range from 30 – 60″.
7. How do I know what size hoop I need?
That’s a great question! It is possible to have more than one size that “works” but there’s always that one perfect size that feels best to each individual. The best way to find your ultimate size is to come to a class and get a feel for many different sizes, or to attend a 2nd saturday or other local play session or spin jam to try out our hoops. Shannon @ Dance Hoops (see above for shop info) can help you select the proper size as well, just get in touch with her and let her know what kind of hooper you are and what your hooping goals are 🙂
8. What are your credentials to teach hoopdance?
Allison has been trained, licensed and certified to teach HoopGirl Hoopdance Levels 1 – 3, Hoopnotica HoopDance Levels 1 +2, Hoopnotica FIT and Hoopnotica MINIs since November 2007. She is also a trained group exercise instructor through AFAA. She also carried general liability insurance as a dance instructor. You can view links to her credentials at the bottom of the About page 🙂
9. What are the Terms and Conditions @ Carmichael Parks and Rec department classes?
Carmichael Parks and Rec Department classes required Exact cash or checks to CRPD. You must sign the waiver & settle payment prior to participating.
10. I purchased an Infinity collapsible travel hoop from SacramentoHoopDance.com. How can I best open and close the hoop?
See Hoop Owner info for a downloadable PDF regarding care of your hoop for best experiences 🙂
The best way to close the hoop from full size to travel size is to:
- 1. Locate the two connection joints on the hoop, and hold your hands loosely over them.
- 2. Using a firm grip, swivel the two connection joins together **DO NOT PUSH / SHOVE / FORCE THEM TOGETHER — this can cause the tubing to kink and cause the hoop to lose it’s collapsibility.
- 3. The hoop tubing around the joints will rotate until the hoop forms a figure 8.
- 4. Using one hand, hold the center of the figure 8 from behind, and rest the bottom of the figure 8 on your leg.
- 5. Using your 2nd hand, press the top of the figure 8 to the bottom of the figure 8, folding it in half.
- 6. Tuck one circle through the other to make it nice and snug for easy traveling. If you need total security during travel, we recommend tying a ribbon or piece of string around the two circles, directly across from the joints.
- 7. To open back up from travel size to full size, repeat the above directions in reverse. Once the hoop has reached full size, stand the hoop in front of you with joints @ 6 and 12 (like on a clock 🙂 ) Rotate, shape and smooth the hoop into a perfect circle, and if you like, lay it on the ground to ensure it’s round and flat shape.
- 8. Please note: Travel size is only for traveling, never for long term storage. If you store the hoop in travel size for 24+ hours, the hoop may develop flat spots near the joint connections. If this happens, you can work the hoop with your hands, or use a hair dryer or leave it out in the sun, lying flat to help it reshape back into a circle. 🙂
- 9. The more times you open and close your hoop, the more circular it will become! Make sure you hoop gets daily use for it to maintain it’s best shape and to ensure your own daily dose of hoop induced happiness 🙂
11. My hoop is not a perfect circle – what’s up with that?
Not to worry, hooper friends! None of my hoops have ever been 100% circular, but that hasn’t stopped me and many thousands of hoopers before from enjoying a full and wonderful experience with these hoops. We believe in the japanese concept of wabi-sabi; the beauty of perfection in imperfection.
That being said, if you notice your hoop has become wonky, use your hands to give it a “hoop massage”; gently but with firm force — correcting any flat spots or angular areas by flexing the tubing into shape. Another way to facilitate this is to leave you hoop out in the sun, lying flat for about an hour, and then work it back into a circle with your hands. If the sun isn’t available, a hair dryer on low is an acceptable substitute.
12. I’m new to hula hooping. Why did I get all these bruises? Is this normal?
Bruising is a totally normal experience for almost all hoopers – wether it be on the waist, hips, ribs, legs, arms, hands, or anywhere else, it’s expected to happen anytime you hoop on a “new” body part. For more info on this, check out this excellent article on Hooping.org, written by Philo Hagen : http://www.hooping.org/2012/03/hula-hoop-bruising-hooping-black-and-blue/
13. How can my hoop and I enjoy a lifetime of spinning bliss? How can I best care for my hoop to make it last a long time?
See our Hoop owner info page for all the details!
Was your question not answered above? Feel free to contact Allison by clicking here for any further questions 🙂