Staff

Hooping.org keeps spinning with fresh content daily thanks to the amazing efforts of an almost entirely volunteer driven staff. Let’s meet the hoopers who are on a mission to spread hoop love all around the world.

Philo Hagen
Managing Editor / Co-Founder
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He's been spinning things up online and off since April of 2003. Co-Founder of Bay Area Hoopers in San Francisco and LA Hoopers in Los Angeles, Philo has taught and performed internationally and has received Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year for Gotta Hoop. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Annie Leffingwell O'Keeffe
World Hoop Day Manager
As a child, Annie Leffingwell O’Keeffe hooped for fun. Around May 5, 2005, she thought it would be great to have an international hooping holiday that blossomed from a dream into an annual celebration spinning world peace and a non-profit. World Hoop Day has gifted 10,000+ hoops so far to kids in need around the world and the holiday happens on the first Saturday of October every year. She lives in Pacifica, California, USA.
Lilea Duran
Assistant Editor
Contributor Lilea Duran found herself in the hoop in 2009 and hasn’t stopped spinning since. She is the co-founder of the Napa Hoopers group and Wine Country Circus Arts. Lilea teaches and performs throughout California and has appeared on Hooping.org numerous times, including two seasons of Hooping Idol. She currently lives in Napa, CA, USA with her husband and two little hoopers.
Carly Palmer
Video Content Manager
Carly Palmer is a melancholy office worker by day and uber-obsessed, hyperactive hooper by night! She picked up hooping where she discovered it - at music festivals in 2011, and she hasn't stopped spinning up her much needed hobby ever since. She loves watching hooping videos and she regularly helps us find the best stuff out there so you don't have to go looking for yourself. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.
Christina  Berkshire
Photo Content Manager
Christina Berkshire has been hooping since 2010. She is an avid participant in her local hoop community, teaches a regular hoop class at Sho Fusion Dance Arts Studio and organizes as many local hoop jams as she can. She also performs with Dirty South Burlesque and Cabaret by night and by day she is a mild-mannered graphic designer at a local university. She lives in Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Katie Sunshine
Writer
Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops, otherwise known as Katie Wilson, is a teacher, a painter, a performer, and above all a proponent for the powerfully positive change hooping brings to one's life. She picked up hooping in 2009 at a music festival and she hasn't put it down since. A Hoopie Award winner with many YouTube viral videos, she lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, with her wonderful husband and her two lovable dogs.
Grace You
Instagram and Video Content Editor
Grace You first discovered the world of hoop dance online in 2012. She has been inspired by many great hoopers around the world ever since, leading her to travel to festivals, hoop gatherings, and wherever her hoop journey may lead. An elementary school teacher residing in Fremont, California, USA, she is passionate about spreading her hoop love to adults and children alike through classes, hoop parties, and hoop jams.
Jenn Dixon
Photo Content Editor
Jenn Dixon needed something to get her off the couch. A friend suggested she try hooping, she checked it out, and she has been hooked ever since. Jenn has been hooping since October 2013 and she also works for her local county government, knits, and takes photos. You can read about her hooping adventures on her blog Hoopinions. Jenn lives in Akron, Pennsylvania, USA, with her husband.
Liz Frederiksen
Writer
Liz Frederiksen was a rhythmic gymnastics performer with Ritmika in the ‘80s/‘90s and participated in the SkyDome (Roger’s Centre) opening ceremonies and Argos football halftime shows in Toronto. After two decades away from rhythmics, she discovered hoop dance and is having fun learning the on-body skills to go with her off-body tricks. She's a social media consultant and lives in the GTA with her husband, cat and growing collection of hoops!
Caitlyn Woods
Video Content Editor
Caitlyn Woods of Spinjoy loves the heck out of hoop dance. It’s her passion baby! She is a hoop dance instructor and performer based in Sydney, Australia, and the only thing she loves more than hoop dance is watching other people come alive inside the hoop, get their dance on and craft their own beautiful, crazy style. Caitlyn also likes to focus her efforts on her vegan lifestyle i.e. the eating part, and watching trash TV. You can also find her on YouTube.
Kristy  Fortes
Writer

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