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Artist: Nova
Photo: Louie Diep December 6, 2016
Artist: GlitterGirl
Photographer: Louie Diep November 20, 2016
Poi Fire Dancing Videos November 16, 2016
Artist: Nova
Photo: Michael Dunn November 16, 2016
Artist: GlitterGirl
Photo: Frank Jang November 12, 2016
Artist: Nova
Photo: Dalton Chan October 25, 2016
Artist: GlitterGirl
Photo: Fima Gleman October 25, 2016
Fall Fire Photography Clinic October 13, 2016
Artist: GlitterGirl
Photo: Ben Sangster October 3, 2016
Artist: GlitterGirl
Photo: Dalton Chan September 22, 2016

Summer Sparkle Photo Contest Winners & Take 2!

August 15, 2016
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Artist: Nova
Photo: Geoff Piper

Temple of Poi recently facilitated the Summer Sparkle Photo Clinic which, unfortunately got shut down. This friday, August 19, we will return to try again at a new location for the Flash In the Night Photo Clinic & Contest. Meanwhile, a few photographers captured photos and entered them in the photo contest. Here they are! Sparkle […]

Posted in: photography, Sparkle Poi

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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Fire Dancing Lessons and Performance

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 […]

Sparkle Poi: Get Your Rage Cages Now!

May 1, 2016
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Buy Sparkle Poi Now!

Temple of Poi recently partnered with Randy Simpson to bring you Rage Cage Sparkle Poi, a newer poi fire effect that is both fun and different looking. Here’s a little FAQ to help you get started with Sparkle Poi! What are sparkle poi? Sparkle poi are metal cages with holes that have charcoal in them that are […]

Posted in: About, Sparkle Poi, Tools

“Oh… That Consent is So Sexy!”

April 28, 2016
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consent is sexy

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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Artist: Nova
Photo: Alan Rosnov

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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Artist: GlitterGirl
Photo: Tommy Wong

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 […]

Posted in: Articles, Business

What Class Should I Take?

January 3, 2016
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Fire Dancing Classes

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

Study Buddy: Daily Practice Motivation

December 29, 2015
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Imagine you’re in a kitchen and you drop a single egg from the dozen in your hand. Would you then throw down the other eleven simply because you lost one? Or would you clean up the spill from the lost egg and carry on with your day? Our practice is like the carton — some days we […]

Posted in: Classes, Flowology, Practice

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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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 […]

2016 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 […]

Posted in: Business

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 […]

Posted in: Articles

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 […]

Posted in: Performance

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 […]

Posted in: Articles

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 […]

Posted in: Articles, Business

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 […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance

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 […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance

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 […]

Posted in: Articles, Performance

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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