New Covid-19 Update
During the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, I have been focused on a little hooping project. I didn't intend to start a project, it just sort of started itself. I've been developing a collection of photographs of myself doing many different hoop moves on my hoop in my garage.
Below is a gallery of the 12 collages I made from my lockdown garage hooping. There are 108 different moves. I've added the names of the moves to the collages, and a label to say whether the move is a Beginner (B), Intermediate (I), or Advanced (A) move. The names of hoop moves come from all sorts of different origins. Some are historical names from the circus of old. Some are from similar pole moves. Some are from aerial hoop schools and studios. And some I have made up.
I have also written a longish personal account of this lockdown hooping project. It was a very valuable time for me in several ways. You can read the article in my blog here.
A WORD ABOUT HOOP MOVE GRADES
Hoop moves are graded (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced...) to protect learners. It is very hard to tell just by looking at a hoop move how difficult it is to do it. Learners who are new to aerial hoop should work through a wide range of Beginner moves before graduating to the Intermediate syllabus, and so on. This will develop the necessary strength, balance, stability, stamina, and robustness against discomfort. This rule applies regardless of which disciplines a person may have practised before, including other aerial activities.
Here are some very general guidelines with respect to the grading of hoop moves: