Laurie started hooping in the summer of 2010, after seeing an ad for classes, simply as a way to burn calories. She quickly fell in love with this little plastic circle. Hooping has brought her more confidence and really helped eliminate her shyness. She began performing publicly in 2011 and has loved performing ever since. Laurie has been the Owner and Operator of Homespun Hoops in Charleston, South Carolina since fall of 2013. She teaches 2 classes every week, runs a hoop dance performance team called The Homespun Hoop Stars, and sells hand-crafted hula hoops for children and adults.