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. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & YouTube.

And in order of their time on staff:

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.

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 Contributor 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, Katie lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, with her wonderful husband and her two lovable dogs. She’s 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.

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, or spinning it up. A data analyst for a school, she spreads the hoop love on campus daily with a hoop club for kids, and teaches a weekly adult hooping class in Smethwick. You can follow her hoopenings at HoopsRock.com and take her class in Birmingham, England, UK. She’s on Facebook.

grassfedhoops Video Editor Kae Torgersen discovered the hoop at The 2013 Northwest String Summit, and has been spinning in circles ever since. She lives her life on the road making hoops, throwing hoop jams and spreading the hoop love wherever she travels. Inspired by her passion for hooping, healthy living, bare feet and Bluegrass, she founded Grassfed Hoops and has home bases in Orange County, California, and Saugerties, New York, USA. She’s on Facebook & Instagram.

Natalie Kane Contributor, Pyromaniac and GIS analyst 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.

christina Photo 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, and you can also find her on Facebook.

Grace Video 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. She is on Facebook.

Jenn Dixon 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 and she’s also on Facebook.

lizfrederiksen Contributor 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! She’s on Twitter and Pinterest.

Lilea Duran Contributor Lilea Duran of Sunglow Hoop Dance found herself in the hoop in 2009 and hasn’t stopped spinning ever since. Now serving as the west coast director for Vegetable Circus and co-founder of the Napa Hoopers group, 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. She’s on Facebook.

Katherine Aurora Callahn Contributor 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. Her hoop obsession goes by the name Hoopy and you can find the whole Hoopy Family on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube and Pinterest. 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.

jeannoack Video Editor Jean Noack is a retired Probation Officer and she finds hooping to be creative, fun and a really great way to exercise and stay in shape. She attends hoop dance classes in her local community and she participates in an online community for hoopers over the age of 40. She wants to encourage older people to take up the hoop and let people know that hooping is for everyone. Jean lives in Marlboro, New York, USA, and when she isn’t hooping she can be found doing photography, qi gong and yoga. She’s on Facebook.

jenbecker Photo Editor Jen Becker discovered the art of hooping at the Peach Music Festival in 2013 and has been hooked ever since. She transfers her teaching skills from a high school English classroom to hoop dance classes in her local community. Her love of listening to diverse music, traveling to new places and occupying her local shopping mall is always accompanied by a hula hoop. Jen lives in Dover, Delaware, home of the Firefly Music Festival, and she is on Instagram.

mollybilinski Contributor Molly Bilinski received her hoop instructor certification in 2013, and she’s been teaching beginner to advanced hoop skills for ever since to students in the small town of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. Her hooping practice began in 2011 and although her day job as an obituary writer for a local newspaper may seem like a downer, Molly uses her hoop to heal, decompress and encourages others to do the same. She wants to guide every hooper to find health & happiness in their hoop and she also loves to knit and write.

caitlinfreeman You can tell Caitlin Freeman is a hooper just by looking at her car. There are rolls of duct tape in the trunk, a satchel full of her favorite hoops in the back seat, and some stray connectors rolling around on the floor somewhere. She picked up the hoop in 2011, and she has yet to put it down. Hooping provided her with an outlet to explore her personality and to fall in love with movement. A full-time fitness instructor, Caitlin lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She’s on Facebook.

caitlinwoods Contributor 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 Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

mandismith Contributor 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.

jenniferclair 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 Facebook and Youtube.

babyjanedeason Contributor 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. She’s on Facebook.

laurabrown Contributor 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 and you can find her on Facebook.

sarahwheeler Contributor Sarah Wheeler works in the mental health field by day, and she’s a hooper/dancer/artist every other moment! She has an intense love of cats, arts and crafts and making new friends. Becoming a part of the hooping community has been an amazing life experience that has taught her so much. She says, “A circle can mean so many things, and to me it means giving back to the community that has given me so much.” She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. She’s on Facebook.

sarahwoelfel Contributor Sarah Woelfel, otherwise known as Sarah Supernova, the owner and hoop maker of Supernova Hoops, is a certified hooping instructor. She really enjoys teaching multi-level hooping classes in her area. Sarah also loves to heat things up after dark with a little fire play too. She spins fire hoops, fire staff and fire fans. She enjoys performing and sharing the hoop love in her communities, both online and off. She currently lives in Plymouth, Wisconsin, USA, and you can find her on Facebook.

annamandala Anna Mandala, aka LeeAnn Russell, discovered hooping in 2010 while in Michigan. After resisting the hoop for years believing she was just a poi spinner, hooping has become one of her greatest joys in life. She is now a certified instructor of 3 years and teaches and performs in her home state of Maryland, and is always popping up randomly all over America on her many travels. She lives a minimalistic healthy lifestyle and enjoys being earth conscious and raising her two teenagers. She’s on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

lisasparkgirl 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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