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.
Carly Palmer
Video Content Editor
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 Editor
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.
Noora H.
Photo Content
Noora H. is a creative soul who loves hula hooping, flow arts, sports, traveling, spontaneous trips and nature, among other things. Having started hooping in May of 2012 and with photography having been part of Noora's life for many years, she is happy to be able to combine per passions and talents here on the Hooping.org Photo Content Team. She lives in Turku, Finland.
Grace You
Instagram Manager
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.
Clair Ching
Feature & Video Content
Clair Ching is from Manila and she has been an active member of Hoopnation Philippines for nearly as long. She found hooping back in 2012 and pursued it as a great way to keep herself active and physically fit until it became so much more than that. She blogs about hooping, crafting and food over at Being a Crafty Cat. Follow her on Instagram for quick updates on her hooping life.
Samantha Rodgers
Video Content
Samantha Rodgers has been promoting healthy living for over ten years. Now she does so as Sammy Hoopleseed of Ione AK Hoops and is giving back to communities near you, one hula hoop at a time, as a hoopsmith, teacher, performer, and as an Ambassador for World Hoop Day. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
Wesley Beeson
Video Content
Wesley Beeson is a full time learner of all things creative. She started her flow journey about a year ago with spinning poi. She later fell in love with the hoop and has been hooping everyday since. She performs for local events and teaches private lessons upon request. When she isn’t flowing, she is doing 2D art, making clothes or hiking. She currently lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA.
Laurel Fleming Richie
Video Content
Laurel Fleming Richie has been happily spinning since 2010 after discovering hooping at a dance workshop. She teaches weekly hoop fitness and hoop dance classes and is a founder of Louisiana's Shreveport Hoop Group, a hoop performance troupe, & Co-Director of Port Belly Project, an Improvisational tribal fusion and Bollywood bellydance troupe. During the day, she moonlights as an attorney.
Jasmine Kienne
Video Content
Jasmine Kienne has been hoop dancing since October of 2012. Since then she has received her FitnessHoopDance certification and teaches hoop dance online via FaceTime and Skype, as well as in person in and around central Texas. During the summer months she presents hooping workshops all over America and enjoys making hoop dance videos and tutorials. She's thrilled to be spreading the love of this beautiful flow art.

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