First up on the lineup is Evol Kid Media‘s own, Jacquie Tar-Foot. Jacquie came to FLAME Festival, all the way from Las Vegas, Nevada. Luckily, we were able to snag her for long enough to shoot this tutorial on a hoop technique called the “Ghost Isolation”.
Let’s get to it.
The basic foundational move that this technique is based on, is the Horizontal Isolation. Jacquie thinks of it like a typewriter, extend your arm to the opposite side of your body, all the way to the end of it’s reach. Return to your active hand’s native side by rolling inside of the hoop across the back of your hand to complete the isolation.
To perform the Ghost Isolation, the idea is to perform the Horizontal Isolation while “Ghost”-ing your other hand around the hoop. Ghosting refers to moving your free hand in a way that looks as if it were influencing the movement of the hoop. In this instance, your hands are going to move in Split/Opp Timing around the hoop as it isolates.
Jacquie points out that the key points are at the 12 & 6 o’ clock positions (where your arms are separate in the middle) and at at 9 & 3 (where your arms are together on the sides). She also mentions that your wrists should be facing the same direction the entire time, which in this case is outwards.
When you get the basic idea behind the trick, carefully try touching the hoop with your Ghosting hand. This will help make your technique cleaner, as the addition of a stabilizing hand acts as a counter balance while you move the isolation across your body.
It might help to think of the whole technique the way that Jacquie does.
“Remember, one hand is doing all of the work, while the other hand is looking super pretty!”
Matthew Sosticky or Sticky has been performing and instructing for the past 9 years. He is part owner of Resplendent Flames from Virginia Beach, VA. He specializes in double staff but has been known to spin poi, staff, or fans on occasion.