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July 31, 2018
Fire Dancing Lessons July 8, 2018
Be happy. Fire Dancing lessons will help! June 26, 2018
June 24, 2018
Fire dancing lessons with GlitterGirl June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018
Custom Hoop Purchase May 15, 2018
May 7, 2018
October 29, 2017
August 21, 2017

Poi Buddy Boot Camp – Build Your Boot Camp!

August 10, 2017
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Considering the regular Beginner Poi Boot Camp but can’t make the normal group class times? Or, are you looking to craft your own Intermediate+ boot camp? Now we have a solution for you! Temple of Poi is pleased to offer two new boot camp options! Option 1: Bespoke Beginner Poi Boot Camp First, is a 3 […]

Pixel Poi: Future Poi Micro on Video

July 28, 2017
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Earlier this year, a client lent me their Mood Hoops Future Poi Micro, perhaps the lowest end pixel poi model I’ve seen with the most affordable price at only $129, comparable pricing to PodPoi with knobs. The tool is okay but its somewhat lacking in two areas. First, the lights are only on one side […]

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June 2017 One Minute Flow Videos

July 27, 2017
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More from GlitterGirl’s Instagram channel, enjoy these flow videos from June 2017.   Playing the "how well do you flow when you don't know the song at all" game for students tonight. . . . . . #Templeofpoi #poi #firedancing #performerlife #ledpoi #flowarts #bosswitch #flowlife #yogagirl #practicemakesprogress #foreverstudent #poichat #podpoi #bodypositive #bodypositivemovement #bodypositiveyoga #flownation #crosstrain […]

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May 2017 One Minute Flow Videos

June 27, 2017
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Here’s a selection of flow videos from May 2017, all from GlitterGirl’s Instagram channel. Enjoy.         Also from that same set, I liked the foot shuffle practice at the beginning but the real winner here is that under the leg sequence of all 4 of those in a row which I've never […]

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April 2017 Flow Videos

May 25, 2017
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In case you’re not subscribed to GlitterGirl’s Instagram channel or don’t watch regularly, here’s some fun flow videos from Spring of 2017.          

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Dealing with Finger Chafing, Blisters and Calluses

July 7, 2016
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When you think about taking up poi dancing, and especially if you’re looking to spin fire, the first thought in terms of safety most people seem to have is either about setting themselves on fire or simply how much it hurts to get hit with the poi. Lesser known but perhaps more annoying because of the […]

Expose this! [The Vilification of a Needed Form of Commerce!]

May 27, 2016
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The topic of exposure comes up on a regular basis in the flow arts community which makes sense since much of the community is built on entrepreneurship which requires individual negotiations and non-externally defined rule sets. One of the great things about working for someone else is that you don’t have to do a lot […]

“Oh… That Consent is So Sexy!”

April 28, 2016
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I was at the GlowFlow jam last night and was giving an impromptu lesson to a random new student who borrowed some poi and had joined in with her friend. At a certain point, I turned to the student and, wanting to correct her form through manual manipulation of her hand, I asked, “May I touch […]

Spring Forward Photo Contest Winners

April 26, 2016
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Temple of Poi, with the help of local photographers, recently facilitated the Spring Forward Photography Clinic & Contest. While the complete list of entries can be found on the Temple of Poi Facebook Page in the various albums for each artist (Cary, GlitterGirl, Leilani, Liam & Zihni), below are the winning photographs for each category. Extended Exposure: Snapshot:     […]

Posted in: Performance, photography

6 Ways to Make Poi out of Household item

February 15, 2016
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Are you just starting out with poi and want a quick, cheap way to practice without making a huge investment? Or are you starting our Intro to Poi Drop-in class or  Beginner Moves series and need a set of poi to use in class? This article is a do-it-yourself quick start guide for those new to […]

Posted in: Articles, Learning Aids, Poi

LED Gig Pricing

January 13, 2016
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If you thought this article was about hiring us to perform, try this link instead and book us now!  A friend approached me with a question about LED gig pricing and, having taken a moment to send some good feedback, I thought my answers might be useful to other artists looking to set their rate […]

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What Class Should I Take?

January 3, 2016
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last update 03/23/2016 Here’s your quick and easy guide to figuring out what class to take or take next. If you’re looking to: get performance ready by Burning Man next year, take the Beginner Poi Boot Camp [first class, Beginner Poi Moves, starts  April 21, 8 pm] get the best value for the lowest cost to […]

Posted in: Classes, Poi

How my 3 Year Daily Practice Changed my Life

December 19, 2015
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If you had met me in my 20s, there’s little chance you would do anything but laugh at the idea of me exercising and sweating daily for any duration of time, let alone three years. Knowing myself, it’s perhaps even more surprising. Yet, it’s good to know after these 36 months that yes, you can teach […]

Are you being scammed by your so called poi/hoop/staff instructor?

September 2, 2015
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fire dancing lessons

Today I had what seems like an unbelievable interaction because it’s so far from what we create here at Temple of Poi, I was harshly awakened to a reality I find very sad: there are actually flow instructors out there who are scamming students. A colleague shared a story about how ze was paying for […]

12 Reasons To Also Become A Jamberry Independent Consultant 

July 18, 2015
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If you haven’t read my article, 10 Reasons I fell in Love with Jamberry Nails , you may not know that I recently became a Jamberry Indepedent Consultant. Here I am, about to finish my 4th month, and I absolutely love it! How it Began As a performer, I’m always looking for ways to add more […]

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How the Internet Ruined Education

May 26, 2015
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the Internet ruined Education

Catchy article title, huh? Yeah, I think so too. And in some ways, it’s utter bullsh*t. At the same time, it also aptly sums up so much of what has transpired in the last decade. Why? Because the internet makes it possible for anyone anywhere to represent themselves as a subject matter expert with little ability […]

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Custom Hoops available now for Local Pickup!

April 17, 2015
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Custom Hoop Purchase

We got some beautiful new HDPE tubing and have enough to make some custom sizes for folks. Set up an appointment for a costume fitting at our studio in SoMa on Mission Street (953, between 5th and 6th) for your own personalized hoop. Your purchase includes a 20 minute hoop fitting consultation and mini lesson to get […]

Posted in: Classes, Hoop, Tools

10 Reasons I Fell In Love with Jamberry Nails!

April 2, 2015
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Jamberry Nail Wraps

If you’ve ever wanted a manicured look but: couldn’t afford it couldn’t find time to do it didn’t think it lasted long enough didn’t think it was worth the money the polish got a smudge, dent, chip or in some way made imperfect the manicure within hours of completing it find your schedule limiting for most of the […]

11 Tips for Filming Better Fire Videos

March 16, 2015
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Fire Dancing Video

From time to time the question of shooting quality video comes up and we get asked what to do to assist in the process. We took some time to share these 10 tips to help you film better fire videos: Wear a costume that will show up well in the low light. Things to consider include […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance, Video

5 Ways to Develop Your Look as A performer

March 8, 2015
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Fire Dancing Look

Today’s question came from a comment on one of my recent blog posts on becoming a pro flow performer: How did you come up with your look? Especially when you’re performing with fire. Didn’t you feel limited in the beginning? Just curious about your process. What a great question and one I really wish I’d […]

14 Signs You’re Ready to Go Pro as a Performer

March 3, 2015
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Fire Dancers: Are you ready to go pro?

As artists grow from fledglings to professionals, along the way there is the gap between knowing enough to be entertaiing and not being confident enough to command money for it. If you’re one of those people in the early phase of your professional career — perhaps even just trying to figure out now if you’re […]

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Our 13 Most Read Articles over the last 13 Years

February 28, 2015
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13 articles 13 years

As we continue to celebrate our 13 year anniversary at Temple of Poi, here’s a look at 13 of the most popular (highest read count) articles we’ve released so far. Coming in first is the recently released hit, The 6 Most Dangerous Ingredients of Fire Performance. This particular article focuses more on mindset than it does on […]

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10 Tips Soloprenuers Can Implement to Improve Facebook Efficiency

February 26, 2015
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Facebook Tips

Over the past few months I’ve been maximizing my time on-line, figuring out ways to use tools more in a manner that feed me rather than drain time from me and I’ve codified some of that here. For the small artistpreneur, flowpreneur, soloprenuer or entrepreneur who uses Facebook as one of their (possibly primary) marketing tools who […]

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13 Ways We’re Celebrating 13 Years at Temple of Poi

February 22, 2015
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Temple of Poi 13 year

Temple of Poi celebrates 13 years this month! We’re pretty excited about that here at headquarters but realized that 13 has a terrible reputation — did you know that the gallows traditionally has 13 steps leading up to it and is cited as one of the sources of said bad reputation in some internet lore? We want […]

10 Fire Poi Performance Moves That Make Non-Spinners Applaud

February 22, 2015
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Fire Poi Toss

As our modern fire poi dancing is a nascent art form in its very early toddler years of development, a few things have become clear to me over the years watching audiences: what artists like to explore because it challenges them may be (and often is) lost on the average audience full of non-spinners at […]

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How to Sell Your Show without Selling Your Soul

February 17, 2015
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Sell your Show without Selling Your Soul

I’m not sure if you’ve experienced this also — where someone accuses someone of selling out in a way that really feels like a negative accusation. I look around the community and I consider the possibility of someone having actually sold out and it occurs to me that no one is making nearly enough money for that to […]

Posted in: Business, Selling

The 6 Most Dangerous Ingredients of Fire Performance

February 2, 2015
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Dangers of Fire Dancing

Most people easily consider that the fire itself is dangerous, which of course is accurate, particularly if you’re undereducated about how to handle and extinguish it safely. If they are people that are qualified to  be performing, we also hope they are considering other things that go along with that like placement of the depot, spin […]

8 Approaches to Choreography

January 19, 2015
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8 Styles of Choreography

As with any practice, choreographing a work consists of degrees of granularity, in this case where the movements are matched to the music with increasing degree of precision as the choreography becomes more refined. This encompasses a wide range of experiences and approaches to the creation process. This article endeavors to present some commonly utilized concepts […]

Fitness, Practice, Language & Success

December 11, 2014
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Today’s topic is about using language to structure our fitness and practice goals to garner greater success. Certainly, there’s a lot of useful information to assist in building better results in the articles 10 Techniques for Getting the Most out of Your 10,000 hours and 6 Steps to Creating your 30 day Challenge though I’m pretty sure this topic deserves it’s own article.Have you ever […]

Teachers: 10 things to Consider when Competing with Other Bigger Name Artists

December 8, 2014
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  Here’s a question that came up lately on a teaching forum, a question more and more people will be asking as time passes and the industry becomes bigger. Does anyone teach in a town or city with a way more advanced hooper than you? I’m feeling a lot of insecurity about developing my hoop […]

Beginner Dance, 6:30 Wednesdays, starts 6/27

June 24, 2018
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Develop transitions and beginner performance theory in this 4 week dance series. This class is the perfect follow up to the Beginner Moves class (or equivalent material: pinwheels, windmills, chasing the sun, butterflies and weaves). If you have some experience and aren’t sure if this class is for you, contact GlitterGirl (glittergirl at templeofpoi daught com) and […]

Posted in: Classes, Fire, Performance, Poi

Poi Turn Class: Out of the Box, Tuesdays, Starts July 10, 8 PM

June 6, 2018
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Fire Dancing Lessons San Francisco

During this four-week series, we’ll focus on 180º and 360º  turns between moves, enhance existing turning skills and learn new turn combinations. This series also has students explore the concept of plane shifting through axis rotation as a means to create a more dimensional performance. This series is less about learning new moves and concepts and mores about […]

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Beginner Poi Moves, Mondays, 8 PM, starts July 9, 2018 – sold out!

June 6, 2018
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Fire Dancing Lessons San Francisco

Summer is upon us and while you’re enjoying the outdoor festival season, maybe it’s time for a new, fun, fiery hobby! Learn to poi fire dance and get started with this offering, the first in our Beginner Poi class series. Beginner Poi Moves 6-week series teaches over 40 different moves and combinations plus 25 different […]

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