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2015 Beginner Poi Boot Camp – Beginner Fire Dancing Classes

August 3, 2015

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2015 Beginner Poi Boot Camp

As of January 1, 2015 we have a new version of the 7 month program designed for beginner poi artists where we’ll teach you enough to get you started and help you impress your friends and family as you bring your inner fire performer to life. Our boot camp program has 2 phases: Beginner Phase: during the […]

Posted in: Classes, Performance, Poi

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 […]

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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 […]

Why Gigs Without Pay Will Always Exist

November 25, 2014

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Why there will always be free gigs

As fire and flow dancing performers sort themselves out in the marketplace and better understand the differences between the various types of individuals competing for gigs, different issues are bound to arise. There are several variables in the equation including different motivations to perform and different consequences when pay is limited. This article endeavors to distinguish the various types […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance

8 Reasons Every Artist ‘Should’ Work for Free

November 23, 2014

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8 Reasons to Gig Free

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with what I expect to be a controversial article title, I thought I’d address an issue that’s been widely prevalent since the Oprah/Revolva incident transpired last week. I have seen at least a few dozen times on Facebook individuals (mostly artists I believe) saying various forms of this statement, […]

First 5 Things to Do As a Pro Flow Performer

November 21, 2014

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Fire Costumes, Beginning performers

Today’s question: I have recently decided that I am leaving the group I have performed with for 2 years. There are not any other performing flow art groups in the area unfortunately. What advice do you experienced performers have for me? When going pro, the trick is to realize that getting booked has very little to […]

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9 Lessons Artist-prenuers Can Learn from Oprah & Revolva

November 19, 2014

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Oprah and Revolva Lessons

If you somehow missed, it, Revolva was recently asked to donate her performance skills to the local stop on Oprah’s new tour, The Life you Want. The irony is palpable. First, I want to say that I consider Revolva an incredible artist and I think her choice to turn down Oprah was not only appropriate […]

Posted in: Articles, Being Human

10 Ways to Handle Gig Rejections Better

November 16, 2014

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Fire Dancing Gigs

I recently saw someone post a question on line which is paraphrased here: I’ve been negotiating a gig for a while now and the deposit was due today. Instead of sending it, today they told me that there wasn’t enough room in the budget and they wouldn’t be needing me. I just feel like I lost […]

Selecting Performance Music in 12 (Time Consuming) Steps

November 11, 2014

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Music Selection Process

This week’s question: How do YOU decide what music YOU use for gigs? (What’s the process you go through, not what music you think someone should use) This week’s question is a great one and worthy of a comprehensive answer. Of all the tasks I do as a performance artist, selecting music is one of […]

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In the News!

November 8, 2014

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Temple of Poi in the news

Here are some fun things that came up recently where Temple of Poi showed up in the news. First, check out this interview with North Carolina based fire artist Casey Houle, “I’ve been chasing the flow state:” The interview covers a range of topics and includes reference to the Temple of Poi fire safety manual — which we couldn’t […]

Posted in: Articles, Press

6 Steps to Creating Your 30 Day Challenge

November 4, 2014

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Build Your 30 Day Challenge

One of my new Facebook friends asked me for some advice tonight and I realized it might be incredibly useful to codify it as an article for other’s as well. Here’s the query: I would like to start the 30 day challenge. I was wondering if you had any advice that will help me get the […]

8 Excuse-Stopping Practice Tips

November 3, 2014

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Practice: Stop the excuses

Best as I can tell, most humans struggle at one point or another with motivation and the insidious excuses that come with the sometimes chore of practicing. Whether the practice is a flow tool, a musical instrument, finding yourself at the gym, running, yoga or something else, it’s really easy to find excuses and allow […]

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7 Reasons Fire Dancers Benefit From Running Hands Through the Fire

September 25, 2014

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Fire Dancing Safety

We recently published an article titled 5 Criteria To Help You Decide if Someone is Ready to Spin Fire and were asked: “What’s important about someone being able to run their hand through the flame or putting out a fire?” In fact, enough people commented on this that we thought the first safety article deserved a […]

Posted in: Articles, Fire Safety

Funky Foot Flow & Combos, Mondays, Fall 2014

August 11, 2014

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Poi Class: Foot Work and Combinations

Want to feel more freedom with your movements on the dance floor while twirling your poi? Looking for more flow between moves? Need to integrate recently acquired skills into performance flow with moves in your comfort zone? Then join us for three nights this fall where you can explore creating something unique. Each student brings […]

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Flowers 2 Review & Preview

August 7, 2014

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Fire Dancing Photography

Advanced Poi Lessons — 2 weeks left! If you haven’t been able to join us yet for the Flowers 2 series with a heavy emphasis on hybrid flowers (inspin with one hand and antispin with there other) and atomic flowers (flowers on different planes with one in spin and one antispin), you’ve been missing out […]

Posted in: Classes, Poi, Video

Poi Flag Hand Dyed Silk Poi In Stock Now!

August 6, 2014

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Flag Poi Silk Hand Dyed One of a Kind

Just in time to enjoy for the rest of the summer, we’ve just created these one of a kind hand dyed silk flag poi. Each pair of flag poi is dyed lightweight silk as part of limited run lot of flags. While the flags have a beautiful and large visual impact, the lightweight nature of the silk […]

Posted in: Tools

8 Free Ways to Build Your Fire Dancing Photo Portfolio

August 6, 2014

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Fire Dancing Photography

One question I get regularly from folks is this: I’m new to performing and can’t afford a photo shoot. I want to look professional on my web site so how do I get high quality images with which to market myself? It’s a great question because a photo really can make the difference between something that […]

Posted in: Articles, Business, Costumes

Prepared for the Playa?

July 28, 2014

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Need a costume? See our video below for samples and then contact GlitterGirl to get your one of a kind original as unique as you are. The gates open in less than a month and the man burns in 34 days at the writing of this post. We miss our the incredibly awesome event that […]

Student Sets the Ice on Fire!

July 22, 2014

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Ashley Clark on Ice
Photo: William Lee

Last year, we had the unusual opportunity to work with US Ice Skating Gold Medalist Ashley Clark. She came to us looking to help her integrate fire into her ice skating performances. In just a few months, she began performing in Sun Valley 4th of July weekend 2013. At the time, her act consisted of […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance

10 Lessons I’ve learned Half Way Through My 3 Year Challenge

May 25, 2014

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10 Things I learned From My 3 Year Challenge

Statistically speaking, I’m half way through my life and I keep reading these articles about/by fellow Gen Xers, people hitting middle age and their thoughts about the process. A lot of them have seemed somewhat grim to me, reflecting a certain resignation and a sense of “letting go of possibility” which, when I read it, […]

2014 Expo Limited Edition T-Shirt Pre-Order!

May 6, 2014

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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

Poi Class Series: Waist Wraps & Other Behind the Back Series

February 2, 2014

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Behind the Back

You’re cordially invited to this 4 week poi spinning class series focused on lots of movement behind the back. Because this series has breaks between sessions, students can maximize self-study time to help learn these challenging moves and combinations with more depth and breadth of comprehension. Curriculum is adjusted based on the needs of the […]

Posted in: Classes, Poi

Split Opposite CAP Swivel Video Lesson Available

November 19, 2013

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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 […]

Practice Poi – New Colors in Stock!

November 17, 2013

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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

Intro to Poi Drop-In, Tuesday, December 8

August 30, 2015

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Sign up now and join us for a fun 70 minute class introducing you to the joy of poi, an exercise, meditation and art form focused on helping you gain body awareness, balance, coordination, muscle development, freedom of motion, self expression and a whole lot of fun doing it. This introduction to poi fire dancing […]

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