Carolyn Mabry, aka Caroleeena, founder of Circles of Joy, is an internationally known performer and hoopdance instructor from Raleigh, NC. She has been teaching hoopdance since 2005, locally, nationally and internationally. Caroleeena performs with hoops, poi, fans and other tools and is an accomplished dancer in many styles, lots of which she draws upon in her teaching. Her numerous tutorials and videos on YouTube are eagerly awaited by new and experienced hoopers across the globe. Her teaching style is clear, enthusiastic and encouraging. She has twice won Hoopie Awards from Hooping.org — in 2007 for her work mentoring hoop students around the globe and again in 2009 for Tutorial of the Year and has repeatedly been nominated for Hoop Instructor of the Year by her peers.
Caroleeena encourages everyone around to follow their passions, especially in service to others. To that end, she moderates several online hooping communities and facilitates a free weekly community hoop jam at Pullen Park that has been meeting since 2007. She has taught hooping to the blind at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, and created dozens of hooping projects for Boys and Girls clubs as well as for children with AIDS and their caregivers at the pediatric AIDS unit of Duke Hospital.
“Let me fling my life like a flaming firebrand into the gathering darkness of the world.” – Albert Schweitzer