If your a hooper like me, then you’ve watched plenty of videos, yet what goes into a video? It’s an addiction much like hooping itself and with the way technology’s growing making it much easier to download and watch. Early days of uploading required you to wait all way. Gasp, it’s true. Some of us have been spoiled with a 3 minute upload, while pioneers in the field had to wait hours for an upload. Yet it’s brought me to this place where I was compelled to ask some key players in the hoop community about certain aspects of the video process and get some insight into The Hoop Video:The Process
Stepfhanie Connell of Yamni Arts has been flowing, growing and performing for six years. Her live performances are evoking, drawing you in, feeling the emotion, power and sense of her dance. Stepfhanie’s video’s are all the same, she develops into the essence of the song, character’s and all at the same time gives it her personal touch.”It is like performing in front of people there is an exchange of energy involved and I love that exchange . I really live for that,” says Stepfhanie, this and setting Intension before she even starts.”Am I doing this for myself, for viewers or someone in particular? Am I going for perfection, like in a performance setting or am I going to flail around? Do I feel silly, serious, sexy, angry? What emotions are involved today. Am I going to get dressed and clean my area? Or am I OK with just wearing my pj’s and leave the clutter out? All of these things help me clearly define who I am in this video.” You get this sense of magic is about to happen. How can we get to this point, where even if we are shy that we can open ourselves to more learning about ourselves, our audience and the dance we put into it?
Recording is the answer to finding that special magic in your dance. I fully agree with Stepfhanie when she says,”From that moment on my confidence sky rocketed. Though videoing myself, I could tell what I was doing. I could see what looked good and what didn’t. I could catch moments of magic, where I just did something without thinking about it, and was then able to capture it and do it again, where without recording, it would have been lost.” Even if you don’t upload videos, it’s still a basic learning tool.
Stepfhanie has been recording for six years now, that’s alot of footage, yet that’s alot of time spent in review. Studying your work is a way to find better angles, work towards the camera, progress in the dance and finding moments of pure flow. If you recorded yourself for at least 10 minutes in and 60 minute session, you will see that progress and want more. It will keep striking interest of what’s working for you and what can be worked on. Then comes development from sharing our videos with others who have a different perspective on it.
How does sharing videos help in our development, especially because at least someone is going to watch your video. If we take our previous intentions into how and who this video translates for, then it’s our content that comes to light. Making the exchange more then just a video. I’ve played The Hooping Game with Stepfhanie multiple times, even from the first video to the most recent it’s the growth we take from each video setting that continues the learning process and how our videos give more then what they are. “It is communication in another form. Recording hoop videos and sharing invites that exhange. Whether the viewer knows it or not, they are involved in the dance. The observer is always involved and is a part of what they are observing.”
Yet it comes down to it, being your number one fan is always better then being your worse critic. Being open to loving yourself, will always help when there is a down day. Love to watch your videos, bask in your accomplishments, see the need to keep growing in your dance. By all means love what you do. Recording is a great way to show yourself some love. “It is one of my favorite things to do”, says Stepfhanie.” I love having the camera set up so I can see myself while I’m hooping and I love to watch back though it afterwards or later in the day. I gain perspective on how it looks to an audience, so I learned how to position my body so the audience can get the best angle possible for tricks and movements, which is huge. A weave facing the camera looks not nearly as cool as a weave facing to the side of the camera.” Which makes sense, I even went and reviewed my videos with the side weave looks way better from the side then to the front. I encourage you to do the same. Find recording yourself in your hoop journey like a hoop journal. Not all of its perfect yet it’s got all kinds of hoop magic. Gain insight, find new discoveries, share your work with those who will appecaite it. Then even if your having an off day, those video will be there to provide your own inspiration. Now even if you never share, think about what insights could be gained from reviewing your work. It’s like athletes who review game day footage, so get your game face on, rock that hoop. Feel free to leave your videos in the comments. I want to say a special thank you to Stepfhanie for opening up on her practice and how recording herself has opened to more love and light for her dance. Her energy is one of a kind, which makes her a stand out performance artist. Find out more about Stepfhanie at Yamni Arts
Or Yamni Arts Youtube Channel