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 the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, 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 lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Assitant Editor Natasha “Hoopsie Daisy” Young has performed in countless venues with a long list of talent from Benny Benassi to Gabriel and Dresden. She’s also taught classes everywhere from Clif Bar to Lululemon to Hoopcamp and has been sharing the hoop love online for years. Learn more at HoopsieDaisy.com. She lives in Berkeley, California, USA.
Video Editor Carly Palmer is a melancholy office worker by day and uber-obsessed, hyperactive hooper by night! She picked up hooping at music festivals in 2011 and hasn’t stopped spinning up her much needed hobby ever since. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.
Columnist Flavie Steelandt of Floop di Hoop is a shiatsu-practioner with 4 kids who sees hoop dance as complimentary to her Shiatsu practice. She hoops to stay centered and explore the energies of movement. to dance and to meditate. Teaching and performing, she’s originally from France and currently living in Nersingen, Germany.
Columnist Christina Berube started Hippy Go Lucky Hoops as a blog to document her hula hoop tour from Maine to California. Having hooped all over the country she’s returned to Maine to continue to spread the hoop love and writes about all things hoop related.
Columnist Clair Ching is from Manila and she is an active member of Hoopnation Philippines. She found hooping in 2012 as a great way to keep herself active and physically fit. She blogs about hooping, crafting and food on Being a Crafty Cat. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for quick updates on her hooping life.
Columnist Mariana Bandarra loves all things circular and mutable. Hooping since 2006, she founded BamBamBam!, a project devoted to sharing hoop love and building community in Brazil. Now this self-improvement nerd and budding performer has her first hoop business too, O bambolê. She lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Columnist Marlys Hersey caught the hooping fever in Spring 2013 and promptly surrendered to it. She started a hoop jam in the Chihuahuan Desert where she lives in Alpine, Texas, USA. She works as a massage therapist, and is Editor/Writer/Co-owner of The Big Bend Gazette.
Columnist Matthias Elliott of Komizutama is an entrepreneur, scientist and artist playing and working in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. When not working or practicing circus arts, he’s in the water, developing his installation art, or spinning a national hoop workshop tour based in his unique blend of science, art and martial arts.
Photo Editor Noora Helenius was our unanimous choice When we needed someone to come on board in May of 2012. She truly has an amazing eye for photography and we are delighted to have her sharing her talents with the hooping community. She lives in Turku, Finland.
Columnist Roberta Cervantes Garcia is from Mexico. With a BA in International Business, she is fluent in Spanish, English and French, though her favorite language is the language of the heart. Her hoop story has already been about weight loss, well-being, and emotional healing and it’s not even half-finished.