Taylor Duffrin is a specialty performance flow artist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her love of performing all began at her first casting for Suwannee Hulaween 2015. Taylor has performed at festivals all over the United States including Suwannee Hulaween 2015/2016, UpNorth Music Festival, Disc Jam Music Festival, Tipper and Friends, and the Buku Music and Art Project. LED single and double hoops, fire hoops, fire fans, palm torches, and fire eating are all apart of Taylor's performance repertoire. As well as performing, Taylor also loves to share her art through teaching. She enjoys teaching private lessons and holds workshops to teach others how to hoop dance. Taylor was invited to instruct at The Hula Hoop Institute's Hoop Dream Retreat in Malaysia in May of 2017.
Michelle C. Smith
Michelle C. Smith is as equal parts Cat as she is Bad Ass Ninja. She aspires to create a world where courage, creativity, compassion & authenticity reign by empowering people to embrace their own Inner Bad Ass!
As one of the world’s leading experts in Staff Manipulation & Baton Twirling, Michelle has used her unique skills, strength and grace on many well know tv shows, movies & stage productions. Whether performing as a stunt woman, acrobat or speaker, Michelle is known for being one of the top professionals in her industry.
When not performing you will usually find Michelle inspiring a new generation of Ninjas (young & old) to kick ass & be their best selves.
Teaching is very close to Michelle’s heart as she recognizes that her coaches have been some of the most important & influential people in her life. She feels it is her duty to pass on her knowledge, experience and wisdom in hopes of creating a lasting & positive impact on the next generation of athletes and artists.
It’s no secret that Michelle is an ambitious young lady, who is meant to lead! She strives to share her story & work with authenticity, vulnerability, courage & tenacity. Through engaging workshops, keynote speeches, performances & rad online videos, Michelle shares her passion for living life in the most bad ass-ly powerful way. Her first step in creating this Bad Ass Empire begins with sharing the incredible skill of Manipulation/Baton Twirling with the world by transforming it into something more accessible, modern & COOL while building an awesome community of Bad Asses around her..
My name is Sarah, I was born right in Downtown Austin Texas and have been raised in Austin Texas my whole life. I feel truly blessed to have grown up in such a stunning state, my parents built a house before I was born out in some beautiful side Country on the outskirts of Austin. Our home was just beautiful, I think growing up out in nature has really helped keeping my mind awake as well as being more open to spearing as much love as I can. As for me now days, as you can tell I am a huge fan of flowing about with hula hoops. It's an art like no other and I am beyond thankful to have found such a fantastic interest. My circle has helped me be who I am today, it has kept me truly strong. It has helped me be more free and has helped with my shyness, allowing me to not give a hoot on what those around us think. As a Vegan Activist, my hoop has honestly helped me with being able to get out there more, without fear and be able to speak out for the animals who are unable to speak themselves. With my hoop I feel like a super hero and nothing can get in my way. I hope everyone on this earth can experience a love such as the one I feel with my hoop.
Carah Richardson AKA Flow Ho
I am apart of a military family, born in Maryland, lived in Germany as a child and settled in Tennessee in the town of Clarksville, which is about 40 miles North of Nashville, after 16 years there I decided that winter just wasn't for me anymore and packed up and moved down to Tampa Bay Florida with my Best Friend Phillip and his fiance Brandon. As a child I was very involved in dance and gymnastics, I loved ballet and tap specifically. As I grew older I was always involved in choir where we would do choreographed dance.After highschool I never danced or did anything creative and had no outlet for my creativity and for a very long time I worried I would never find my "thing". Well one night when I was 26 a dear friend of mine invited me to a flow jam where I watched her twirl and jump and dance and just look SO insanely happy in her hula hoop, and I thought to myself "I want to be that happy" so I picked up the hula hoop and I never put it down again. I started out with some hula hoops from the dollar store and Toys R us, which I quickly realized would not work as I continuously broke them over and over again. That christmas my mother bought me 2 Polypropolene hula hoops and I began practicing. I practiced every single day. I wouldn't shut up about it and I brought my hoops EVERYWHERE with me, if you were in downtown clarksville you would see me hooping at bars, on the street, in the parks, literally EVERYWHERE. People in the streets called me the Hula hoop girl! And I loved it, I had finally found my thing! I have been working very hard on hooping in public and soon hope to begin performing! I never thought in my entire life that my "thing" would be dancing with a little plastic Circle and I am eternally grateful for it. I often encourage others to pick up any flow prop, get out of their own way and allow themselves to be happy.
'Hoopsnboots' is a self proclaimed "hooping housewife"! She lives a peaceful life in a quiet town in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts with her amazing husband and two beautiful children. What started out as an exercise routine turned into something much more meaningful to her. After 2 years of practicing her craft, she finally built up the confidence to share her unique style with the Instagram flow community. After a short time she gained sponsors and became hooked. She is proud to be a part of such a positive and safe environment for flow artists. Being a sponsor for products that she loves gives a sense of purpose and pride to her creative videos. She hopes to keep on inspiring and being inspired by other hoopers as a Spinsterz' Preformer!
Stevie Spins is a traveling gypsy who finally found her home a year ago inside of a hula hoop!
Completely immersed in the arts she is practiced in yoga as well as the musical arts, being a singer and growing up playing a few instruments. Currently, she is a full time traveling art model using her body to create timeless imagery with artists of all genres. She is also a skilled photographer specializing in classic film portraiture and self portraiture.
She began hooping after seeing a fellow model with a hoop and feel in love with the fluidity of the movement. Immediately ordering a hoop from a shop located on the road of her next trip, but before she could get there she found a small light cheap store hoop in a photographer's backyard. By the end of that trip she owned 3 hula hoops and was already mastering advanced moves. When this girl does something, she does it full force!!! Diving right in with daily practice she advanced quickly gaining exposure in the community and obtaining multiple sponsorships. Then she started setting her hoops on FIRE!!
1 year later she expands her flow journey by picking up poi and levitation wand. She joins The Spinsterz and will begin teaching lessons online and in person as she travels. Look for her to be teaching workshops, lessons online and in person as she travels!!
Michelle was born to a hitch-hiking gypsy mama with a creative soul and she has been dancing since she left the womb. She developed a passion for movement in childhood as a gymnast, snowboarder and dancer. Love of creative expression lead to studies at a university and conservatory in Virginia where she had acces to dance, theatre and movement classes in an array of styles from contemporary to hip-hop.
She began teaching during that time focusing on bellydance, hip-hop and fusion dance. Soon after she discovered Flow and fire and she was hooked. After traveling the country learning, teaching and experiencing she settled in Portland Maine where she currently resides. She is a multi prop performer and teacher specializing in cirque, dance, flow and fire. She loves this community to pieces and hopes to help others find their voice through creative expression. She loves travel, music, creativity in all forms and sparkles. She believes in love, kindness and flow. For events, workshops, classes and more find her on Facebook or Instagram at @fataleflow or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
My flow journey began in Tallahassee, Fl, where I studied music after high school. Two of my best friends there began hooping, and after about a year of admiring from the sidelines, they encouraged me to start hooping myself. What started as a hobby turned into an obsession overnight, not only with hooping but the entire flow community. I've played several instruments for most of my life, so I believe my studies in music have largely influenced my approach to flow, expressively and creatively. I'm particularly passionate about the meditative aspects of flow, and its positive impact on mental health and wellness. My plan is to start performing and teaching workshops in the near future. Video link will come shortly.
Nick Minton is a natural born traveler from OH, and has lived in SC, CO, and FL after High School. Each new place offered another pursuit of athleticism and extreme sports, such as rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, wake boarding, water skiing, and slackline. He has been continuously traveling the country over the last 15 months teaching 100+ workshops on Flow Arts, while also Fire Performing for major festivals such as Hulaween, Aura, and Fractal Beach. All of these workshops and festivals have spanned across 30+ states and he is on track to finish teaching hoop workshops in all 50 states by the end of 2017. He is known for his creative approach to movement, his fearless and unique style of fire hooping, and his dynamic skills in slackline. Hooping for 3+ years, he brings different concepts together to create unique blends and styles of flow. As an instructor, he specializes in being able to break things down to the most basic level and deliver this information in an easy to understand, methodical way, and whichever way is most appropriate to the always changing audiences.
Sam 'TwirlingCircus' Traggardh
Sam 'TwirlingCircus' Traggardh dedicated herself to hooping in April 2013. After years of seeing hoopers at shows & festivals, she decided it was time to stop sitting on the sidelines. Not only did she find her passion for flow, she found her passion for sharing and connecting with the community. Sam currently resides in Southern Illinois where the flow community is sparse. Having limited resources learning on her own drove her to reach out to others seeking guidance by teaching private Skype lessons. Sam's been instructing for 2 1/2 years now and will be holding workshops in the near future. Aside from hooping, Sam is a crazy cat lady who practices yoga, loves writing and the great outdoors, and enjoys nothing more than a good show filled with good vibes.
Based out of New York, the Hoopsie Daisies are a tribe of traveling object manipulators & flow artists that share the same passion for fire art & creative self-expression. The Daisies aim to inspire with a multitude of acts by using a number of different props for a unique show during each performance. From hosting flow contests and giveaways to performing alongside top acts, the Daisies strive to influence others to hone into their own creative passions. Since the girls came together, four years ago, they have been on an endless journey synthesizing pure devotion to expanding their artistry.
Stee Bax is a hoop dancer from Cleveland, Ohio and has been performing the art of hoop dance since she was the age of nineteen. Before she ever picked up the hoop she was trained in oriental dance which later turned into a self-taught hip-hop dance practice. This brings a unique style to Stee Baxs flow and performance style. Core hooping and moving with the hoop is her specialty, but she still has a few tricks up her sleeves.
Ever since she was inspired by a hoop performance in early 2012, Angelina Rose has been a pioneer in hoop performance and has become a positive and well regarded creative force in the flow community. Twin hoops are her specialty but she also uses fans, poi, levitation wand and staff.
Angelina started her journey into the arts at the age of 3 with ballet classes and several musical instruments. Things began to get serious so she applied and was accepted to the School for Creative and Performing arts.
In an effort to share her love of art beyond performance arts she founded her company Karmatic Visions in 2012 which has evolved into a completely custom clothing and performance wear company.
Angelina’s soul mission in life is to make people smile, to be a part of the magic that consumes you, and to be a part of creating an experience you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
Rachael Lust was first noticed within the hooping community when her video "Thrift Shop Hoop Dance" went viral. That video won her the 2014 Hoopie Award for Promotional Event of the Year through hooping.org. She was also awarded the 2014 Female Hooper of the Year. She continued to practice and then released "Groove" which went viral as well. The attention from that video has landed her several TV appearances including The Queen Latifah Show, CNN, HLN and a few local news appearances and multiple commercials. She has also performed in music videos and performed halftime during a Houston Rockets NBA game. Rachael is currently traveling the country teaching breaks to other hoopers.
Matt Tollow (OolaHula)
Matt 'OolaHula' Tollow fell in love with hooping at a reggae festival in 2013. Shortly after picking up the hoop, he began making hoops to give away and quickly realized there weren’t enough LED hoops out at night. Stepping it up a notch and being committed to the unity hooping has broght, he now makes LED hoops as gifts to unsuspecting random hoopers around the world! In 2015, Matt taught the world’s first LED hoopsmith workshop at Hoopcamp Retreats and belongs to a fire troupe 'The Wildfire Dancers'. 20 years of Martial Arts experience allows him to apply and translate his skills while performing with fire props such as devil-sticks, contact staff, poi, and of course, fire hoops. Matt also enjoys Bikram yoga every day, is a crossfit junky and an aspiring “slacker” mastering slacklining while hula hooping. Nominated for Hooping.org Hoopie Awards 2016 Hoop Love Ambassador of the Year
Melissa embarked on her hoop journey in September 2013. Following a year of hard work and play, she began making hoop tutorials and earned her first sponsorship. Melissa is now a member of the performance troupe The Hoop Unit and is teaching 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!
PREVIOUSLY SPONSORED ARTISTS
Ji-Young Lee, also known as Philosokitty, started hooping in 2012 and has since held workshops, performed, provided tutorials, and shared her passion for hooping both on online and offline platforms! She is currently based in Bristol as a graduate student, and loves to stay active in the hoop community.
Caitlin Hofer (isopuppy) pops the cork off traditional hoopdance. Soulful, energetic play is transformed into an off-beat, funky visual art with this 23 year old firecracker. She discovered object manipulation wile in search of a more bohemian life style in Santa Cruz California resulting in an international hula hoop award by Hooping.org in 2013 for New hooper (newbie!) And was featured on such sites as People.com, Yahoo news, and the Daily mail for her jaw dropping performances and optical illusions.
In 2015 she won the title of International female Hooper of the year and Video of the year! she has traveled internationally teaching her knowledge for the circle from the deserts of Arizona to the swiss alps to Alaska, New york city and Germay!! With a warm and open heart her leadership skills set her in the perfect position for a lifetime of movement and joy!
Melissa's recognition for her passion, dedication, skill set and collaboration with others in the hooping community has helped her reach multiple goals and milestones in her hooping career. She began to gain a large YouTube following with help from her "1 Month to 1 Year" Hooping Progress video. She has since been teaching hooping classes and workshops since August 2013, She has been performing hooping and hoop dance since June 2013, and has been content manager of the former Hoop Tricks, now merged into The Spinsterz since 2014. Over the years she has been sponsored by The Spinsterz as well as Citiva Creationz LED Hoops, Indika Creationz Clothing and Pop Lock and Hoop It. Find her under the name TranscenDance!