Our Mission

bringtheHoopla's mission is to bring the fun back into fitness. We custom design and hand-make each hoop with love.  We create a welcoming and positive environment while utilizing the hoop as a form of play and exercise. Through encouraging instruction, we instill the importance of confidence. Each child's self-esteem and self-expression ensures a successful program for everyone.

Our teachers come highly trained with following credentials: First Aid, CPR/AED, VIRTUS

Our Team

Nicole Heriot-Mikula
Owner

bringtheHoopla has been on a wild journey since April 2011. Moving back from NYC, after 10 years pursuing a career in music theatre, she was inspired to be a part of a community again and create something she had always been passionate about: small business. Hula hoops had become a positive part of her life; empowering and confidence-boosting.

Nicole is also Festival Director of Soupstock Music & Arts Festival, CT Folk Fest & Green Expo, and Co-Founder of Celebrate Shelton. She lives a beautifully crazy life with her husband, Ben Mikula, of The Alpaca Gnomes, and their daughter, Magnolia Francis.

Sarah Murphy
Program Director

Sarah Moon Beam was given her first hoop in 2011 and since that day she has grown her life through hoop dance. She has been teaching hoop for 3 years with BringtheHoopla. Sarah has also transformed her passion and hard work into a path of hoop, flow and fire performance with Sarotonin Flow Performance Art. When not teaching she can be found enjoying music, performing, with friends, sharing her love of the hoop and growing bringtheHoopla.

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Lauren Devereaux
Master Hoop Maker

Lauren Dev, our resident hoop maker just discovered hooping about nine months ago, but it became an instant passion. As with any craft she jumped in with both feet and is now stocking our shop with hoops handmade with love. In her spare time Lauren is an avid knitter, gardener and chicken keeper. She also has a degree in Biology and a love for all animals but her rescue dogs most of all.

Marisa Caron
Curriculum Coordinator

Marisa has been a proud Hoopla team member since June of 2014. She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and loves bringing the hoopla to daycares, preschools, and elementary schools. Her favorite part of her job is saying "Yes, you can!"

Alexandra Capaldo
Hoop Yoga Instructor

Alexandra is a  500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and teaches several Yoga classes around the state of Connecticut. She is CPR and First Aid Certified, as well as Bridgeport Archdiocese VIRTUS trained. Alex enjoys the freedom of dancing inside a hula hoop, where she finds creative expression through moving meditation. Alex teaches our Adult Hoop Yoga classes, where both of her passions, of yoga and hooping, merge.

Hannah Kusick
Hoopla Co-Teacher

Currently Hannah is going to school for Studio Art, Art Education, and Art Therapy. She was formerly employed at an elementary school as an after school counselor and joined bringtheHoopla's team in spring 2017. Her mission is to share mindfulness exercises and enjoyable fitness routines with people of all ages using hooping dance. She believes that hooping isn't primarily focused on teaching hoop tricks and technique. Instead she holds the view that hooping is most importantly about spreading the notion of self-love, connecting with the humans around you and using dance and movement to get in touch with your body and spirit.