99 popular hoop routine is definitely one of the greatest 1997-2000
routines, but let’s look at an even earlier routine – 1997 Hoop
Routine. Most may not be familiar with this routine (or overlook it),
but it is similarly an energetic and spectacular performance one must
background music “Vamos
a bailar” is a popular choice, being used by Batyrchina for
ribbon exercise the same year. It is sprightly and well suited to her
personality. The wide smile on her face during the exercise tells us
that she too loves the music.
the most special thing about this hoop performance is the high risk
that Teodora takes. There are many consecutive throws, including some
with an immediate throw after one throw. There are of course her
famous beautiful pirouettes. The routine is definitely choreographed
nicely to suit her personality. I must say it is another Bulgarian
stands at the edge of the carpet and at the start of the music,
transfers the hoop from her left hand to her right hand before leaping
diagonally across the carpet (a split leap through the hoop). Next,
she does a large roll of the hoop in a front legmount. Very quickly,
Teodora tosses the hoop horizontally, and upon catching it jumps
through the hoop in a Carpe position. She has reached the other edge
of the mat.
frolicking with the hoop, Teodora performs her beautiful pirouettes.
First, she performs 3 x 360° lunge pivots, stopping at an Arabesque
before turning her long passé pivots. Of course, not to be mentioned,
the combination is difficult to complete and execute well=). She
continues with her usual movements in the hoop routine: putting the
hoop on supporting leg, rotating it when she stops at the scale
balance, before releasing the hoop and catching it after a roll
finally. There are many marvelous, little touches in the routine that
make it so interesting and energetic. For example, her consecutive
throw, doing a double turn, and then a passé pivot or a wave action
upon catching. Subsequently, Teodora presents the audience with more
pirouettes. She does a 2 x 360° front arabesque (or maybe a flex.
move) into a 5 x 360° attitude spins, stopping at the attitude
balance. The pirouettes are beautiful because of the well handling of
the hoop and perfect control on the attitude pivots.
Teodora tosses the hoop along the edge of the carpet, performing a
split leap plus a side split leap to catch it. She shows her momentum
when she throws the hoop immediately, catching after some turns. Of
course, fans familiar with her routine know that she commonly uses
this toss. She astonishes the audiences and judges further with
another toss. This time, a really loft throw at an extraordinary
height, so much so that after a double illusion turn, Teodora is able
to wait and do an immediate throw (passé pivots).
the amazing stunts and tosses are over, the music calms down slightly.
A back flexion (transferring hoop simultaneously) and well-executed
attitude spins follow suit.
hoop goes across the hoop, circling and swinging. Teodora tosses the
hoop again! But this time, she executes a common turning split leap,
and upon catching effect arabesque and passé pivots. Teodora is
certainly confident in order to complete these combination moves
nicely. She continues to charm everyone with refreshing stunts, no
matter good or bad. (including a back flexion, rotating the hoop on
to the conclusion, Teodora effects a retro roll on the hoop, smoothly
doing a Cossack jump over the hoop. Here she releases the hoop
horizontally, catching it on an arching double stag leap before ending
the fabulous routine with passé pivots.
audiences support the routine so much so that many cheer and woo her
during the actual performances.
narrowly missed the bronze final for the hoop finals in Berlin Worlds
by a mere 0.009 to Serrano. Perhaps it was her execution and slightly
lack of diversification that marked her down. Nonetheless, Teodora is
truly a great Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast!