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This week we catch up with Sparklette Nixy who shares her hoop journey with us...
I started hooping about 3 years ago whilst on holiday. I had a go with a hoop that was lying around and was instantly hooked. As soon as I got home I ordered my first hoop (a huge beginner hoop) and I looked on YouTube for tips. I had no idea that hula hooping could involve so much more than waist hooping. You could learn tricks in a traditional circus style, dance, use multiple hoops... the possibilities seemed endless. I joined a beginner’s class at NoFitState Circus and I was lucky that I was often the only one in the class as I had lots of feedback and managed to learn the basics pretty quickly. Fortunately, my partner also caught the hooping bug so he doesn't mind the copious hoops throughout our home or that our furniture is arranged in a way to allow maximum hooping space.
I met Ellie (Mama Hoops) when she was teaching at NoFitState and I joined Sparkles Hoop Troupe as soon as it started. By this point I'd made good friends with some of the Cardiff hooping community. Although I hadn't performed since dancing when I was younger my FOMO meant I wanted to see what the hoop troupe would involve. It's honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Being a Sparklette has helped me realise that I can simultaneously strive to be a better hooper whilst being happy in my own skin and style of hooping. I've met some amazing people in the troupe who always inspire me. It's such an accepting and encouraging environment with no competition or one-upmanship. If you succeed in nailing a pesky trick everyone is happy for you and vice versa. I've grown in confidence in performing and I really enjoy teaching at festivals.
My favourite Sparkles memories probably involve the comradery of getting ready for a performance (usually with plenty of glitter!).