Combining Rolls And Swinging
Taken from Chapter 3 of
An Instructional DVD by Peachysteve
I've spoken before about static carries (where the hoop is moved through circles while gripped).
That's what we've seen with the figure of eight and two beat weave.
I also mentioned circling carries (where the hoop is rotating while moving through space).
Now I want to look at the transition from a roll to a static carry.
The theory is simple, you grab the hoop as it's rolling and do the move.
It's worth looking at the detail as it helps when you move on to working with two hands at once.
For this example I'm going to work on the two beat weave, starting from hand rolls.
|Starting with a forward hand roll on my right hand.|
|I'm waiting for the hoop to come into the space between my thumb and index finger. |
|Once there I grip it and I'm ready to start my gripped circle.|
|I want to flow into my circle so as I go to grip the hoop |
I start to stretch my arm forward.
Now I'm in position to flow into the circle across my body.
So now you can go from a hand roll to a static carry. We can look at coming back later.
Now I want to look at timing.
It's easiest to start hand rolls on both hands at the same time but the two beat weave is asynchronous.
So we have to make our hand rolls asyncronous before we can go into the two beat weave.
For some people this comes easy, for others, it's really difficult.
Here's an easy way to think about it. Just like when you start hooping, a back forward motion is simpler than trying to make circles.
Here we'll use an up down motion.
|Start off with forward hand circles with both arms in time.|
|Try to move one hand up a little and the other down a little. |
As you increase this movement the hoops will start to move into asynchronous time.
|Your arms will look like this...|
|And the pattern of your hoops will change from together to opposite.|
|Remember how the hoops in the two beat weave were always at opposite ends of a stick. |
We get the same effect from asynchronous rolls.
Now to look more closely at the transition from asynchronous hand rolls to the two beat weave.
|As my right hand hoop comes into my thumb/index finger |
I catch it and start to carry the hoop up and over.
|When my right is fully extended, my left hand hoop is coming into catch up position.|
|I go into the two beat weave. |
My arms cross..
|And uncross again.|
|As my right hand hoop comes up to horizontal |
I let go and go back into a hand roll.
|My left goes into hand rolls when it gets to horizontal.|
|I'm now back into asynchronous hand rolls.|
|See how the timing remains constant between the rolls and the carries.|
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