Staff

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

philologo 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. He’s on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter & YouTube.

And in alphabetical order:

Rachel Contributor Rachel Conlisk was addicted to hooping from the very start and now spends most of her time thinking about hooping, finding new music for her hoop classes, and..erm..hooping! A data analyst at a school, she spreads the hoop love daily with hoop club at school for ages 6-11 and teaches a weekly adult hooping class in Smethwick. You can follow her hoopiness at HoopsRock.com and find her in Birmingham, England, UK. She’s on Facebook.

Matthias Elliott Contributor Matthias Elliott of Komizutama is an entrepreneur, scientist and artist playing and working in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. He’s also won a Hoopie Award for Male Hooper of the Year in 2014. When not working or practicing circus arts, you will probably find him in the water, developing his own installation art, or spinning a national hoop workshop tour based in his own unique blend of science, art and martial arts. He’s on Facebook.

Jessica Hazleton Video Editor Jessica Hazleton was first introduced to hooping in 2012 and she’s been making it her extra special go-to extracurricular activity ever since that day. When she’s not keeping busy at her day job, her free time is often dedicated to making hoops, playing, watching hooping videos and spreading the hoop love to anyone willing to listen. You can find her meandering around her beautiful farm in Stanwood, Washington, USA, and she’s also on Facebook.

Jenny Hill Contributor Jenny Hill is a poet, arts educator, hoop instructor, performer, and encourager at Acts of Jennius. She is editor and book designer for Paper Kite Press, an independent press for poetry. For 38 years of her life, she lived within the safe confines of her head, and then the hoop found her. If you leave your backyard unattended, she might just start a Hoop(oetry) circus there. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. She’s also on Facebook.

Heather Hughes Contributor Heather Hughes is an analytic English major by day and a cosmic dancer by night…when her children go to bed on time. At home in rural Missouri she coordinates Sedalia Spin Gypsies, a local performance group that focuses on community events and promoting hoop dance as part of the healthy, empowered lifestyle. Between teaching, creek-stomping, and devouring science fiction novels, she blogs about the good life at Tangle and Spiral.

Samantha Hoops Video Editor Samantha Laudert 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, sponsored performer, as well as an Ambassador for World Hoop Day. She was the World Hoop Day Ambassador of January 2014 and she currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. She’s on Facebook.

Carly Palmer Video 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. She’s on Facebook.

satiflow Swirling from the seas of expressionism, columnist Megan Smith (aka Sati Flow) brings ingenuity and creativity to any artistic playing field; emotional and endearing hoop dance, enticing fire performance, and captivating writing. Megan is a poet, artist, yogini and hooper based in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. She has been hooping since 2011 and writing for as long as she can remember. Follow her hoop teachings, performances, writing and more on her website at satiflow.com.

Natalie Kane Contributor, Pyromaniac and GIS analyst Natalie K. Stickel (Natalie Kane) helps young, aspiring travelers launch the lifestyle of their dreams and elevate the world through her website Kinetic Karuna. She hoop dances with the Dogtown Hoop Mafia in Richmond, Virginia, USA, and founded FloWiTheJames to clean up the James River. Her passions include environmental conservation, exploration, yoga, self-sufficiency and gettin’ silly in her circle. She’s on Facebook.

jesswagstrom Contributor Jess Wagstrom has been spinning things up in the hooping world since 2008. In fact, she has traveled to both coasts of the United States in the name of the hoop, and can be found spending her days making hoops and Hoopie Award nominated tutorials for the hoopily inclined everywhere. In fact, she’s peddling her hoop wares on Etsy. She has other hobbies, too, like knitting and eating. She lives in Dallas, Texas, USA, and she’s on Facebook.

Ingrid White Contributor 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. She’s on FaceBook.

Katie Columnist Katie Wilson, better known in the hooping world as Katie Sunshine, 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, Katie lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, with her wonderful husband and her two lovable dogs.