Fundamental - Transitions & Poses

Front Amazon for Hoop and Trapeze

From a sitting position, put one hand high on the hoop or rope andthe other hand on the bar near your bottom. Lift up and out of thehoop or trapeze, sliding towards your higher arm until the hoop orrope is right under that shoulder blade, supporting your weight withthe opposite arm. Let go with your upper hand. To get out, reach backup with your free hand and push your lower body, knees bent, into acradle position.

Owl & Birdie on Hoop and Trapeze

Owl: From a sitting position with hands gripped above your head, lift yourself until your feet are resting on the bar, knees bent, perched like a bird. Bring your head in front of the hoop. Can hold on or your arms.

Birdie: From owl position (or with feet perched on bar), straighten one leg until your thigh is resting on the bar. Bring opposite leg straight down behind the hoop. Grab apparatus in the middle on either side. Shift weight forward to the thigh of back leg, straightening arms and pressing chest outward.
*To get OUT, fold forward, slide hands down and bring head and torso back around to other side of hoop (like a forward roll or somersault). Dismount or hook straight leg back onto the bar and pull yourself back onto apparatus.

Candlestick with hands on Hoop and Trapeze

Approach apparatus in side mount. On hoop, crochet both legs throughthe hoop while holding on underneath the hoop on the opposite side.Flex feet to maintain tension. On trapeze, thread one leg through andbend knee over the bar. Crochet opposite leg, flexing the foot onrope to maintain tension.

If comfortable,release one (or both) hands.

Lady in the Moon Man in the Moon on Hoop

Lady in the Moon: Legs crossed on either side of the apparatus, backup against the opposite side. Head to one side of the apparatus. When comfortable, release hands and arms to your sides.

Man in the Moon: Feet pressed (one higher than the other) to the inside of the hoop, back up against the opposite side. Head to one side of the apparatus. When comfortable, release hands and arms to your sides.

Split Sit to Arabesque on Hoop and Trapeze

Split-sit on the apparatus by putting one leg in front of the bar and one behind, both straight (hands at about 10 and 2 on hoop). Grab high with one hand and shift weight to that side while moving other hand to the same side. In a controlled manner, shift weight back behind the apparatus. Then turn out so that the leg on top of the apparatus rolls until the top of the thigh is resting on the bar and the free leg points down to the ground.

Mermaid on Hoop and Trapeze

Starting from a sitting position, grab one side with both hands. Shift weight to that side and lean back, legs straight, sliding in a controlled way until your feet are hooked on the opposite side. Turn your body outward and release opposite hand to open up your body away from the apparatus.

Lion, Full Drape, Half Drape, and Cradle For Hoop & Trapeze

Begin in split sit. Holding on to the rope or hoop with the same-side hand as front leg, bring the opposite hand off the rope or hoop and in front of the rope and bar. Slide to that side until that armpit rests on the bar, letting the front knee bend over the bar. Drop other arm and let back leg hang behind.

Full Drape
From Lion pose, reach up with the hand on the same side as the front (bent)knee to grab the rope or hoop. Turn torso towards the ceiling and use back side of neck to press/rest against rope or hoop on opposite side of bent front knee. Take hand off and drape it by your side.

Half Drape
From sitting position, place one hand on the rope or side of hoop and the other on the bar by your backside. Turn and lean toward the rope or bar opposite of your knees, and slide knees towards rope or hoop until they are hooked on the bar. Look up to ceiling with neck on the front side of the rope or hoop and release both hands.

Get into position in the same way as Half Drape. Reach up with the hand opposite of the rope or hoop your neck is on and grab the rope or hoop above your head. Lean out with your head to the side, facing forward out of the trapeze or hoop.