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.
Ingrid White
Writer
Ingrid White was half-way through life when she was smacked in the heart by a large round plastic circle in 2011. Now she views the world through her hoop and her life goals are to still be hooping at 100 years of age and to infect as many people with the hoop bug as possible. Ingrid hoops for an hour daily & regularly joins other Australian hoopers to celebrate all things hoopy. She lives in Appin, New South Wales, Australia.
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.
Mandi Smith
Writer
Mandi Smith uses hooping to escape from her crazy academic life. By day she is an academic librarian for a small regional university, and by night she is a graduate student working on her 2nd Masters degree. But in the evening twilight hour between her day and night and on weekends, she is a hooper who is loving her hooping journey. She lives in southwest Oklahoma with her husband, three cats, over a dozen hoops, and several hundred stray books.
Katherine Aurora Callahan
Writer
Katherine Aurora Callahan is a maker, mommy, wife and a hooper. She makes videos, stained glass window mosaics, hula hoops, award-winning costumes, and once, an actual person. She starting hooping in 2007 and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where she can be found hoop dancing on sidewalks for her Dancing with Public Art Video Series. Her hoop obsession goes by the name Hoopy and you can find the whole Hoopy Family on the social networks and on Vimeo, YouTube.
Jennifer Clair
Video Content Editor
Video Editor Jennifer Clair began her hooping journey in 2011 after taking her daughter Chloe to her first music festival. Chloe was eager to learn to hoop and her motherly instincts kicked in, only. she fell in Love with hooping too. It's been a very healing experience for her. A stay-at-home mom of 3 amazing kids, she also enjoys making jewelry, painting, and growing fruits & vegetables to become more self-sufficient in life. She lives in Hudson, Michigan, USA, and she's on Youtube.
Baby Jane Deason
Writer
Baby Jane Deason started hooping in 2014. The mother of two amazing boys, she's living her life in a way that teaches them to be themselves and to never be afraid to follow their dreams. A business manager and a "Warrior who survived Breast Cancer", her main goal in life is to inspire others to be their best selves and think positively, no matter what foe they are facing. She believes in the Power of Positraction and she lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA.
Laura Anne Brown
Writer
Laura Anne Brown is a high school art teacher who fell in love with the hoop back in 2014, just three months after she had her first baby. The circle has become an obsession in her life ever since, finding herself hooping whenever possible. She’s a member of her local hooping group The Hudsucker Posse, and when she isn't busy teaching or hooping, you can find her reflecting about her own personal hoop journey over on her blog. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana, USA .
Lisa Disinger
Video Content Editor
Lisa Disinger, otherwise known as the hooper hero "SparkGirl", offers handmade creations, playful performance, and insightful instruction through the business moniker Hiptronic Arts. The roots of her hooping journey began in Ohio, 2010, but the call of adventure took her spiraling across the United Stated, where she landed in Hawaii with hoop in hand. Based on the Big Island, Lisa is a key facilitator for the local hoop dance community, as well as an avid participant online.

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