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How to Do Knee to Waist Hula Hooping

Learn how to do knee to waist hooping from hula hooping expert Natalie "McFancy" Wise in this Howcast video.


Now we're going to focus on the techniques for bringing the hoop up from your knees up to your waist.

Before I start I'd like you to keep in mind that this is a very advanced maneuver. When I first started learning to hoop I started working on this and I only just now, three years later, have it consistently. And there are still some times whenever my costume gets in the way.

It's a difficult trick, so don't be discouraged. Just keep trying. It'll be easier for some people than others. It's really helpful if you wear shorts and not pants or leggings, like I have on, or jeans, something where you can feel the hoop and have it against your skin. It will also help if your hoop has a little bit of tape on the inside so that it will stick to you a little bit better.

So, we're going to start with our basic knee hooping. Legs glued together, no space in between. Rotating the hoop nice and level. When I have my hoop on my knees, I usually have it a couple of inches above my kneecaps. You'll notice that the hoop rotates about here. If the hoop gets down here it's really, really difficult to bring it back up. So, focus on trying to hold the hoop at that position.

Then while you're knee hooping, when you are ready to bring the hoop up you're going to start pumping one leg at a time. Notice that right now I'm pumping both my knees equally at the same time, to keep the hoop level. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to pump my left then my right, left, right, left, right, left, right. And the hoop begins to walk its way up my body.

So I'll show that slowly. I've got both knees going straight. Then I go left, right, left, right, left, right. At that point the hoop is about hip level. Once it gets to hip height you're going to bend down into it and just wiggle like crazy to bring it up to your waist.

OK. So, I'll try to do it slowly. I've got both knees straight or both knees together. Then I switch, left, right, left, right, left, right. Bend down, wiggle to bring it up. Notice that I'm rotating as I do it. That's helping me to get the trick a little more easily than if I was to try and stay facing front.

So, knees together at the same time. Left, right, left, right, left, right. Wiggle, waist hoop. OK. Do it a few more times.

That's how we bring the hoop from your knees to your waist.

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