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Beginner Hula Hoop Dance – What size hoop and where do I get one?

Updated on June 28, 2015

What size hula hoop do I need?

Everybody is different. It depends on how tall you are. Your hoop should go from the floor to your belly button. The average beginner hoop is 37-42 inches. The only exception to this is if you wear a size zero and are less than 5 feet tall, then it would be ok to start off with a 37 inch hoop even if a 32 inch hoop is at your belly button height. You don’t want something too small. The larger hoops have a slower rotation, which is great for beginners. It’s so much easier to learn to hoop and do tricks in a slow motion. In the beginning it's best to start off with a larger hoop and gradually work your way down to a smaller hoop.

Portable Travel Hoops

Hoopnotica Travel Hoop and Strap
Hoopnotica Travel Hoop and Strap | Source

Where do I buy a dance hula hoop?

You can’t find one in your local store. They either carry flimsy children’s hoops or weighted exercise hoops that leave bruises on your hips. Ouch, no thank you. The small children’s hoops that you can purchase from your local Walmart are mass manufactured in some factory overseas. Unlike these hoops, dance hoops are always hand made. There are no factory’s that mass produce them.

Travel Hoop in Blue


DIY Dance Hula Hoop or Purchase a Hoop?

A lot of DIY type people like to make their own hoop. There are lots of YouTube videos on the subject. If you’re not the crafty type or do not have a lot of time then I suggest purchasing a hoop online.

There are lots of amazing hoops you can buy online. The neatest beginner hoop I have seen so far is made by Hoopnotica. It’s an adjustable hoop. It has 6 segments that adjust to make the hoop bigger or smaller. If you want it smaller you remove a segment. If you want it bigger, you add a segment. It’s like three hoops in one. It can adjust from a 42 inch to a 37 inch to a 32 inch. One of the best things about it is that it’s portable. You can use it on the go. Since it breaks down into six parts you can actually fit it in a big purse.

Hoopnotica also offers this amazing hoop strap that comes with most of the adjustable hoops. I highly recommend it. The travel hoop with a travel strap is about $50. Nobody wants to pay full price. So being a savvy shopper, I have an amazing coupon for 15% off. It even works on sale items. I love saving money and so do you!

Once you are on the site a coupon code will appear. Then you need to click on “Shop”, then click on “Travel Hoops”. They only have two options for color. It’s either pink or blue. After you get your beautiful new hoop, then we can start on the next step of what to wear and how to hula hoop. You’re going to love hoop dancing. If you have any questions, please post them below in the comments section. Happy Hooping!

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