Hooray! Classes have started again!
Hoop classes have begun! How great it is to say that!
If you want times, places, prices, go to the Classes page. New beginners and experienced clients are all welcome now. We are waiting for you!
We started in June, and started slowly because social distancing has caused difficulties, particularly with regard to spotting. When people cannot approach each other at a close distance, spotting is impossible. So what is spotting?
Spotting is where a classmate provides different kinds of support for a person working on the hoop. This might be reassurance, encouragement, support, guidance or emergency rescue. Spotting is essential for normal aerial hoop work in order to keep us safe. In class we usually work in pairs, one on the hoop, one spotting. After living and working under the mantra 'Never hoop without a spotter!', we have been forced into a sea change and have had to find ways to work around this. And so we have defined three types of class:
In Sweet Spot classes you bring your own spotter from your own household or bubble, or a close friend or relative. This is a chance for your partner or your best friend to see what you get up to at hoop, and maybe even to have a go themselves!
In Spotless classes we only do moves that are safe to do without a spotter. Without spotters we avoid inversions (going upside down), and the hoop is hung quite low. But there is still plenty of fun, challenging stuff for us to be getting on with.
Now that there is talk of social distancing rules being relaxed on July 19th, we are planning some Spot On classes in which classmates can spot each other, and the instructor can also spot clients.
Until COVID is well behind us, the hoops will remain the bare, painted metal (not wrapped with tape) so that they can be cleaned between classes. This can make some hoop work a little bit more difficult, although I have always preferred untaped hoops myself. If you tend to have damp hands, you will find that climbing chalk helps to stop your hands slipping and a small towel is useful in hot weather.
There is no requirement to be tested before a class or to be vaccinated, but clients will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver and health declaration.
And if you're wondering about masks, unless the government changes its rules regarding exercise under COVID-19, during class it will not be necessary to wear a face covering. You can do so if you wish, but it is not required.
Slowly but surely we are getting there. There is hope, and best of all, there is hoop. Hooray!