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offering lessons, fire dancers, art,
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team building, fire safety training,
classes, community gatherings and
entertainment since 2002.

rope dart practice prop July 28, 2014
Fire Dancing Lessons: Beginner Poi July 26, 2014
Book a Fire Dancer July 23, 2014
Ashley Clark on Ice
Photo: William Lee July 22, 2014
Fire Dancing Safety July 21, 2014
Poi Classes July 10, 2014
Fire Renegade Problems & Solutions June 23, 2014
Fire Poi Hybrids June 8, 2014
Beginner Fire Poi June 7, 2014
10 Things I learned From My 3 Year Challenge May 25, 2014

Photos & Video from the Expo

May 11, 2014


2014 Fire Dancing Expo: Mochiitoki

The 9th Annual Union Square Fire Dancing Expo was a grand success and we’re busy collecting videos and photos from the show 2 weeks ago. We’ll be putting together a compilation of the photos and videos from the show and posting them on the web site, though we thought we’d tease you with a few […]

Posted in: Fire Dancing Expo

2014 Expo Limited Edition T-Shirt Pre-Order!

May 6, 2014


2014 Expo TShirt Design

  Now that the 2014 Fire Dancing Expo is over, we’re getting ready to create the t-shirts to fulfill our Kickstarter rewards. Nova created this beautiful design to commemorate the 9th annual show and we finally have it digitized (with assistance from Joanna Zobjeck). We’re pleased to announce the design and pre-sales of the 2014 Union Square Fire […]

Posted in: Fire Dancing Expo

Burn Before the Burn Boot Camp!

May 1, 2014


Beginner Poi Boot Camp for Burners

Join us for this program running from May 14 till the August 20 where you’ll go from no (or low) poi skills to being able to impress your non fire dancing friends and family with fun fire poi spinning by the end of August — just in time for that fun alternative festival we’ve all […]

Posted in: Classes, Fire, Performance, Poi

Being a Professional: Relative & Contextual

April 19, 2014


Professional Performers

Someone posted this article titled, I’ve had two months of lessons — Am I ready to Perform Professionally? on Facebook recently and the article offers an emphatic “no” in answer to the question posed. While the article is about aerials, I had a few thoughts on the subject I thought I’d share. At best, ‘professional’ is […]

Posted in: Performance

Giving Good ‘No’ (to Unwanted Behaviors)

April 8, 2014


Giving Good No

I recently got a request from a reader: Danced a gig this weekend and gave one of the photographers my business card so they could send pictures. Instead, I received an email that definitely made me blush and not in a good way…I don’t want to be rude by not responding, but I definitely don’t […]

Posted in: Articles

How Much Should I Charge When Teaching Classes?

February 17, 2014



Today’s question coming from the internet forums asks about how to calculate the costs associated with teaching and asks, “How much should I charge when teaching classes??” This article gives you some things to consider and ask yourself when planning your classes. Overall, this plan ignores the prop question which is a conversation unto itself. […]

Posted in: Articles, Instructors

Why is that Girl with Tits Getting Gigs & I’m Not?

February 16, 2014


Fire Dancing Gigs

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Why is that girl with tits getting a gig and I’m not?” then this article is for you. I have to confess, I’m unbelievably sick and tired of (especially newer male) artists breaking into performing blaming their inability to book gigs on the fact that they don’t have tits. The general […]

Posted in: Performance

Self Love: A Daily Practice!

February 15, 2014


Valentine's Day Love

If you’re middle aged and feel pain when you wake up, this is for you and it’s about how to give your SELF some body LOVE!!! Even if you’re not middle aged, I can’t help but think this will be a good practice for everyone. I was waking up in pain almost daily about 18 […]

How to Outdo Copy-Cat Performers

February 5, 2014


Outshine Copy-Cats

I saw this question today on Facebook and wanted to take a moment to post some thoughts. Question: What’s the best way to deal with a copy-cat performance group? Let’s say this group has been around longer, but hasn’t had any fresh ideas for a while, then they start to mimic your group’s shows, style, and […]

Posted in: Business, Performance

Honorable Mentions

January 27, 2014


SF Medicine Flow Article

In case you haven’t seen them, here are a few things that have gone on in the last 8 months that are worth mentioning, all jumbled into this one article. Interviews First, there was this two part interview series with The Other Side Show. In episode 1, hear GlitterGirl talk about the origin of Temple […]

Posted in: Articles, Press

The First 10 Steps to Choreographing a Performance

January 15, 2014


Fire Dancing Choreography

Though we touched on some of these ideas in our Fire Dancing Choreography 101 article, there have been some requests for a bit more detail on how to choreograph a performance. Here’s a few ideas for you to consider. Please note: Though this document is created with numbers, some of these items can happen in […]

Posted in: Performance

Criticism vs Feedback

January 6, 2014



I was inspired by one of my client’s who sent me a video of a performance he did on New Year’s Eve. I asked if he wanted feedback and his response was this: Please pick me apart. I love constructive criticism. Thanks!!! This brought up some thoughts I share herein because I want to draw a […]

Posted in: Flowology, Performance

Split Opposite CAP Swivel Video Lesson Available

November 19, 2013


Split Opposite Swivel

As we work through our catalog of recorded lessons, this week we pull out the side plane, split time, opposite direction, CAP Swivel lesson. This video class consists of one 8.5 minute videos. The video explains each side plane opposite direction split time CAP then explains how to connect them together in a swivel combination. As […]

First Beginner Fire Class of 2014 Added!

November 17, 2013


Beginner Fire Series

Course Overview This is a four week course presents extensive fire poi safety information and focuses on students becoming familiar with burning fire poi comfortably and safely. Students garner information about safety practices, building fire poi rigs, lighting fire poi and each student will have an opportunity to spin fire poi and practice being a […]

Posted in: Classes, Fire, Poi

Practice Poi – New Colors in Stock!

November 17, 2013


Practice Poi

People love the cone poi so after we ran out of stock on the purple and black, we got another short fun of practice poi in these beautiful orange and green shades. Practice poi are bean bag like poi which are stuffed with tiny plastic pellets (about 3 oz each) instead of beans so they […]

Posted in: Classes, Learning Aids, Poi

More Press from Reno – KTVN Interview with GlitterGirl

August 13, 2013


Temple of Poi Press

A couple of week ago we shared a Reno Gazette Journal video article featuring a few Temple of Poi dancers. This week finds us showing you a clip from KTVN featuring even more dancing by Temple of Poi artists as well as an interview with Temple of Poi founder, GlitterGirl. Check out the video yourself […]

Posted in: Articles, Press

Jedi Stall Video Lesson Available Now

July 19, 2013


Poi Lesson: Up Stalls

Level up your fire dancing with poi in our review video for some Jedi stall combinations using both up and down stalls. This video class consists of 2 videos. The first covers front plane stall combinations starting with same time, same direction antispin stall combos, then split time front plane antispin combinations, followed by 2 additional stall […]

Teachers and Technicians: They Use Different Skills

July 18, 2013


I’ve been threatening to write this piece for months and I’m finally taking a moment to sit down and do it. After FireDrums and talking to a lot of my students I got really clear that this article might be useful for some folks who assume that because someone is a skilled technician with their […]

Posted in: Articles, Instructors

Pricing a Gig: 17 Questions to Help You Set Your Rate

July 4, 2013


Pricing a Gig

A client asked me another question about pricing a gig today so here we are yet again with more distinctions to help you help yourself and your clients. The question was this: Out of curiosity, if you don’t mind sharing, what would you charge for a two spin, one person show. Casual party appearance… I […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance

57 C-CAPs for Beginners

May 6, 2013


Poi C-CAPs

Looking for a little guidance on the C-CAP, that move that looks like a heart or kidney bean as portrayed in these photos? Check out our new self study course — a 14 page PDF designed to give you the step by step instructions necessary to add these patterns into your repertoire for 57 different […]

Poi Duet: GlitterGirl & The Amazing Zihni

April 27, 2013


GlitterGirl & The Amazing Zihni

One more tease to get you excited about the 2013 Fire Dancing Expo, happening tonight, April 27, in Union Square. Tonight’s show will include a finale by Temple of Poi Founder, Isa “GlitterGirl” Isaacs, and her dynamic dance partner and instructor at the school, Erol Efendioglu, aka, “The Amazing Zihni.” They will premier their piece […]

Posted in: Fire Dancing Expo, Video

(The Dark Side of) Capitalism, Unsecured Wicking, Fire Safety & Personal Responsibility

July 17, 2014


Fire Safety and Personal Responsibility

This week I had the experience of seeing what I think of as the dark side of capitalism, where fairly small businesses take advantage of ignorant and unsuspecting solopreneurs, deceive them, while they take their money and simultaneously give them bad advice as they tout themselves “experts”. I feel enraged seeing this action, more so […]

Posted in: Articles, Business

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