Success stories

An open letter to all hoopers, and to those that inspired my journey; 

I first discovered the hula hoop at a music festival with a friend. I once told this story in a public speaking class in college. I started it like this: "How a Hula Hooping Fairy saved my life, in more ways than one". To this day that story holds more true than ever. 

Hello hoopers,

My name is Tine Mathieu, the creator and founder of ‘Hooping Wonderland’ in Belgium.

I live in Belgium and I never saw anyone hooping. So how did I find this circle of love, of life, of joy?

2011 My hoop story began with the Ozora festival in Hungary. I was sitting on a hill and saw a girl playing with the hula hoop and she was making a simple isolation. It looks like magic. It look like i can step trough the hula hoop and on the other side is an other world. There began my magical and never ending hoop story.

After the festival season I was sitting at home and watched thousands of hula hoop videos. Lisa Lottie became my biggest idol.



I’m Lizzie and I live in London. My hooping journey began at a festival in Dorset, England in Autumn 2013. The performers in a circus tent encouraged my sister and I to try out their hoops. We both loved it, but work and the winter got in the way. Then for Christmas, my sister gave me a beautiful silver sparkly travel hoop and signed us up to a hoop tricks class with the amazing ‘Anna the Hulagan’.


Hi, I´m Nina from Vienna and I love Hula Hoop Dance so so much. It´s unbelivable female energy and how it strenghtens my body just with fun :0). When you´re one with the hoop and get intouch with the flow– That´s amazing. I´m so in Love with this feeling that now I´m addicted to it :0) I started Hoopdance at a workshop with a performer in Vienna. It was nice and I learned a lot but after a while taking workshops I could not improve myself anymore and I wasn`t that good... So I was frustrated and stopped hooping.

My name is Edita Deveroux and I am founder of Hoopnotica Europe 2012 and HoopGalaxy 2014.

I first learned about hooping in Los Angeles USA 2008. It was about 3 weeks after I have moved my whole family there. I was very interested in hooping and so I joined Reyna McInturf’s ( Founder of Hoopnotica USA 2006) classes. I got so excited that I wanted to bring hooping to Prague right away.

270 lbs Lost in the Hoop: Jen & Keith Moore's Incredible Story

I have always been creative but have struggled to find ways to express myself. Like most people I went to school and university and before I knew it I found myself in a job with bills to pay and commitments. Every day I would get up, put on smart clothes and pretended to be someone else. Some people can do this, but after time I think I became quite depressed. I never exercised and felt pretty rubbish about myself and the way I looked.

I like almost every little girl has picked up a hula hoop at one time or another in her lifetime, however most of us put it down when we come of age; along with our dolls and other toys never to be thought of again. Fast forward from my childhood to my 29th year of life, where I found myself grappling with sever depression. Brought on by the loss of my job and a pregnancy in the same week; the wind had been completely knocked out of my proverbial sails.

Narodila jsem se jako normální holka v roce 2001. Doktoři mi zjistili Marfanův syndrom, který jsem zdědila po mamince. Je to onemocnění srdce (rozšířená aorta) lidé se také vyznačují vysokou postavou a dlouhými končetinami. Takže mi samozřejmě doktoři zakazovali a zakazují spoustu sportů. Když mi bylo osm let tak jsme si adoptovali tříměsíčního chlapečka Tomáška, kterého mám nadevšechno ráda. Ale zpátky k tématu. Ve škole necvičím, ale jedna paní učitelka začala mít kroužek streetdance.