Philo Hagen is the co-founder and managing editor of hooping.org, the world’s foremost hooping, hoop dance & hula hoop website. Often considered to be the godfather of the modern hooping movement, Philo launched the website in 2003 with his friends Ariel Stallings & Vera Fleischer. Their mission: to spread the joy of hooping world wide, and they were very successful.
He’s also a highly regarded hooper in his own right. His first hooping video, Gotta Hoop, captured the attention of The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Curbed & countless other web and print publications. Gotta Hoop went on to win the 2011 Hoopie Award for Video of the Year, an award voted on by his peers. It also was honored as Video of the Year by the Los Angeles Downtown News.
That same year he also won the Hoopie Award for Male Hooper of the Year. As a performer he’s appeared at such far reaching events as the Montreal World Film Festival and has been performing annually at the Cleveland Museum of Art since 2011. He’s performed with such diverse music artists as Giorgio Moroder, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, DāM-FunK, Pierre Kwenders, Haiti’s RAM, Yemen Blues & many more. Philo’s also taught a variety of well reviewed hoop dance classes at numerous hooping events across America including the largest award winning annual hoop gathering he now produces as well – Hoopcamp.
Philo’s also had quite an impact on hooping locally. In 2003 he co-founded Bay Area Hoopers with Vera Fleischer and it wasn’t long before the hooping revolution took San Francisco by storm. The group is still going strong today and he’s co-founded two more hooping groups in his current home of Los Angeles.