by Philo Hagen
Ten years ago this summer, Bonnie MacDougall picked up her first hoop. She explained, “I had a running injury and had been inactive for several months, which was unlike me. I wanted movement in my life again, but I wasn’t sure what I could do. Then I saw Vivian Spiral hooping on the lawn at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, North Carolina, where I lived at the time. I was enamored by how beautiful it was and thought, ‘Surely I can do that.’ That summer I bought my first hoop from Spiral and took a class from her and Julia Hartsell-Crews. I’ve been happily hooked on hooping ever since!” And now, nearly a decade later, Bonnie is bringing her love of hooping and a wealth of experience to Hooping.org as our new Assistant Editor. No longer in Carrboro, she relocated herself and her two kids to Detroit, Michigan, last year. So What’s Bonnie’s story? We decided to find out by turning the spotlight on her for a spin, so join us as we find out more about her hooping life in our interview with Bonnie MacDougall, our Hooper of the Week.