If you would like to help organise an event or host a workshop, or if you have a suggestion, question, comment or complaint, please contact Kristen McQuillin (aka Tink in Tokyo), firstname.lastname@example.org.
She launched the annual WHD Dance project in 2010 with a choreographed hoop dance and tutorials to give hoopers around the world a way to connect on World Hoop Day.
Tink amassed additional skills and then literally ran away with the circus as a member of the 2013 Spark Circus troupe in Thailand, and returned to organise and co-lead the Spark Circus 2016 tour.
In 2016 she founded a social circus, Awa Community Circus where she teaches juggling, clowning, acrobatics as well as hula hooping, to children and adults in southern Chiba.
She is passionate about sharing hooping fun with people young and old. Tink’s favorite shape is a torus and her lucky number is zero.
She is a certified hoop instructor through Hooplovers and is a kids’ yoga instructor with Rainbow Kids’ Yoga. She has a degree in elementary education.
Notable Projects & Clients
Corporate: Tokyo Hilton; Conrad Tokyo; Aeon; Reuters; Suntory; Fifth Elephant
Schools: St. Mary’s summer program; Yokohama International School; Sullivans School; Byrd School; Woodwhistlers International; FLOW Special School
Charity: IMA for Fukushima; Spark Circus; Niko Niko Taishi; World Hoop Day; Social Circus Day
Festivals: Hoopcamp; Hoopy Happenings; Tasmania CircusFest; Florida Flow Fest; Flow Camp Japan; Hillhacks
Spin Matsuri began in 2009 as a weekend retreat for hoopers in Japan. It’s expanded to include hoop jams, camps, picnics and other events for everyone interested in the flow arts. I am grateful to the teachers, organisers, volunteers who have made events happen, and to everyone who has joined in our programs. Here are some of the many people who have been key in Spin Matsuri’s activities: Deanne Love, Masao Tamaoki, Madoka Konishi, Heather Minowa, Nick Wong, Nik Silwerski, Ayumi, Caroleeena, Jewelz Hanssens, Lisa Hanssens, Bunny Hoop Star, Beth Lavinder and Mix.