MEET THE CREW
Brandon is a professional fun haver! He has been living a “circus lifestyle” for over a decade now and makes his leaving within this industry. He is the owner of The Spinsterz, an online prop manufacturing company. Brandon spent 6 years traveling around the us on festival tour, teaching workshops, doing fire and circus shows and slingin’ hoops! Brandon currently owns and operates the Bend Circus Center; a gathering space for kids and adults who want to cultivate their inner circus freak! He teaches hoop workshops when he is not busy playing outdoors or managing his businesses. Did I mention he loves circles?
Danielle first began her hoop journey in 2011 after being mesmerized by the beautiful hoop dancers she met in college. She studied at Alfred University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Glass and Ceramics. Currently, she is pursuing a career in Alternative Medicine.
As a young child Danielle was a competitive gymnast. These days her hooping is influenced by gymnastics, dance, and yoga. Her other passions include gardening, hiking, and cultivating a love for all animals. She resides in Western NY State with her three pet rats and Lyla, her black kitty. You can find more of her writing at The Fleeting Paragon Blog, a holistic & adventure inspired collection.
Ji-Young, also known as Philosokitty, started hooping in the summer of 2012. Since then, hooping has become a great passion and form of expression for her. She is based in the UK as a graduate student and loves to hoop whenever the time allows. By teaching workshops, making video tutorials, and participating in meet-ups, she loves to share the joy of hooping with people around her and with other members of the hoop community. She is currently sponsored by Citiva and Indika Creationz.
KELLY NOEL KLINGKelly started hooping in the summer of 2012. She has used it as a method of exercise and stress relief since then. Her favorite hoop is her 31 in. light blue polypro, but she loves to break out her LED Moodhoop at parties and events. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and hopes to soon begin a career as an editor. She also enjoys singing, swimming and photography in her spare time
Hooping first captured Kim’s heart in 2010 and has been her love ever since. For Kim, hooping remains the one constant in a world bursting with change. She enjoys all aspects of the hoop world, as she can be found performing, teaching, or simply making hoops. She strives to spread the hoop love by sharing her knowledge and experiences with the hooping community.
Melissa embarked on her hoop journey in September 2013. Following a year of hard work and play, she began making hoop tutorials and earned a sponsorship from Steady Heady Hoops. Melissa is now a member of the performance troupe The Hoop Unit and is beginning to teach her own hoop workshops. Apart from her hoop journey, Melissa also has a strong passion for sustainability and encourages everyone to help save the earth!
Melissa has always had a passion for dance. She discovered hoops and their magical powers in April of 2012. After searching ‘How to hula hoop’ and finding hoop dance videos on YouTube, she immediately realized what she wanted to do. A year later after countless hours of hard work and practice, she wanted to take her hoop dance to a new level. She then created the business and performance name TranscenDance. It was named after the word “transcendental”, which she uses to describe how hoop dance makes her feel and the state of mind it creates. She considers herself energetic, motivated, and supportive of others’ dreams. She is now teaching hoop dance classes/workshops, performing, and completing her bachelor’s degree in Business. It is her number one goal to turn this passion into a career to help support herself and her family.
REBECCA SMITHRebecca Smith been hooping for a year and a half. She practices almost daily, and has serious plans for helping to start a troupe and possibly teach. She has been writing for many years, and loves to inspire others to achieve greatness in their creative endeavors.
I picked up my sacred circle in May 2013 and it has been my passion ever since. I have always loved creating artwork, which is why I am majoring in graphic design at the University of Missouri, but once I found hooping, I found another way to express myself. I mostly enjoy hooping with fellow flow artists, which is why I am a part of the STL Spinjaz. I have also performed for the Saint Louis Hoop Club as well as the Mizzou Hoop Group. Hooping is a huge part of my life and sharing the hoop love with others is what I love to do!
Lane Mae SikesLana Mae is a skilled, motivated, passionate hula hoop dancer, which discovered her love for the art of hula hoop in 2010. She has been hooping 4+ years of her 24 years of life, raised in MO. Lana Mae has performed coast to coast in the United States with countless notable artists at a variety of events. She is certified by Hoopnotica as an Instructor specializing in Flow, which focuses on the dance aspect of hooping, & has also studied various other aspects of hula hooping including, but not limited to: circus, fire, fitness, & technique. In addition, she is a sponsored dancer for reputable hoop company HoopConscious. As of 2015, Lana Mae was a contracted International Hoop Performer & Model with KSP Events based in Canada, & also served as co-producer/graphic designer for the company. As a recent college graduate of Liberty University Lana Mae has planned to fill her summer agenda with lots of hula hoop fun! Recent events performed at include, but are not limited to: MoRoots, Byrdest 10, & Cosmic Reunion. My page: https://www.facebook.com/LanaMaeModelingHoopdancing/timeline?ref=page_internal Pages I contribute to:
- Hula Hoop Girls – https://www.facebook.com/HulaHoopGirls.Oficial.Mexico
- Hoop-Conscious – https://www.facebook.com/HoopConscious?fref=ts
- SEMO Spinners Tribe – https://www.facebook.com/SEMOspinnersTribe?fref=ts
Anne is a senior at the University of Missouri Columbia majoring in psychology and sociology with an emphasis in multicultural studies and criminal justice. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a Full Spectrum Flow sponsored flow artist and actively hoops throughout mid-Missouri. When not hooping, writing for Hoop Tricks, or studying, she can be found exploring nature with her beloved mutt.
NINA RAGUSANina is a wanderlusting hooper who has been living and traveling abroad for years. She gave up her “normal” life in Florida and traded it in for a life of spontaneity on the road. She currently works online/abroad to fund her intrepid travels around the globe. She’s blown away by the incredible feeling and flow the sacred circle brings her with each spin. She hopes to continue spreading the hoop love internationally as she steadily traverses around the world. Follow her flow ventures at @that_hooplife or at That Hoop Life
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