What: 2011 Fire Dancing Expo
Where: Union Square (Geary and Post)
When: April 23, 2011 at 7:50-10:00 pm
Why: In honor of National Dance Week in celebration of the diversity of dance!
Bring a chair and a blanket and join us April 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm for our sixth annual free fire dancing show in San Francisco’s legendary Union Square (Geary and Post). Arrive early to ensure you have space to set up your chair. Photographers should arrive by 7:15 to gain admittance to the photographer’s section.
This year’s artists are listed below in (mostly) alphabetical order. The show order will be announced a few days before the event:
Aileen Deirdre Lawlor
Aileen Deirdre Lawlor is known worldwide for her unique, graceful FireStaff flow. She’s been performing and teaching throughout the world since 2004.
Bene Aria & Kahunahula
Artists: Bene Aria & Kahunahula
Candice “Candela” Young
Candice Young practiced and taught gymnastics before discovering fire dancing. She is a regular member of Fire University, Davis.
Celsius & Maxim
Artists: Celsius Maximus & Maxim Maximus
Celsius has been a professional fire artist for over 6 years and is joined by his protege Maxim, the youngest fire spinning performer in the world, who has been spinning staff 1/3 of his life.
Artists: Jake Yoshioka & Mary Jane Schroeder
Artists: Alexander Porten, Amanda Brown, Bonnie Hill, Braden Wesnousky, Brenda Ashworth, Carlyn Perona, David Borders, David Hirshman, David King, Don Massie, Erika Wesnousky, Forrest Henderson, Jason Brown, Katrina Whitten, Kelin Whitten, Morgan Helsper, Nicole Fairfield, Roger Stimson, Sage Ashworth, and Thomas Fougner
Controlled Burn of Reno was ignited in 2000. This volunteer group of parents, children, partners and friends is honored to return for their 3rd appearance at the Fire Dancing Expo.
Devil Stix Dave
Devil Stix Dave offers professional, insured & entertaining fire performances and is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality, custom made Fire Flower Sticks, Fire Poi & Fun Flow Toys.
Josefine Friederike Seufzer has resided in Singapore & Germany while working as an all-around stage performer. Due to destiny she became one of the levitation-stick coryphaeus’, introducing her own groundbreaking long-string technique in 2oo9.
Artists: Luna Del Fuego, Juicy Jess & White Rabbit
Fire Euphoria is a Santa Cruz based group that works to expand the fire arts to other styles of performance and dance.
Artists: Kara “Karasmatic” Moore-O’Leary and Lauren “L’Kat” Boswell
Free Kittens is a fire flow duo who stretch the boundaries of fire performance by blending acroyoga and contact play with fire tools.
Fuego Del Alma
Fuego del Alma, a fire dancer of 5 years and only 19, is bringing all he’s got to mesmerize the crowd and inspire everyone he can.
Leo is a fire dancer from Canada and one of the world’s poi spinners pushing the edge of the art form.
Maestro & Karasmatic
Artists: Matt “Maestro” Freedman & Kara “Karasmatic” Moore-O’Leary
Matt and Kara are the founders of Solar Flare, a Northern California fire arts troupe, and have been performing flaming sexy duets together since 2007.
Artists:Cressie Mae, Heather Denham, Jen “Jem Destiny”, Lauren Guarjargo & Satise Dizon
Mandala is a newly formed hoop troupe consisting of five diverse women who perform fire hooping amongst their many other talents.
Dao de Flow
Artists: Gage Hanks & Nicky Evers
Gage Hanks and Nicky Evers taught and performed together with Spark! Circus, a non-profit play project based in Mae Sot, Thailand.
Artists: Brenda “Manzanita” Fagan & R. Paramour Cook
Debuting together in 2007 as part of Invisible Best Friend, Brenda “Manzanita” Fagan and R. Paramour Cook return to the Expo stage as R&B.
Corey and the Fans
Overtly Combustible Dance (OCD)
Artists: Jordan Campbell & Lara Hopwood
Taylor Lee Werner
Taylor Lee Werner is an emerging artist from the Pacific Northwest. She’s been facilitating fire flow since 2005, when a techno party changed her life.
Ted Petrosky has been a performer in NYC for the last 2 years after 7 solid years of spinning and teaching.
Artists: Ty Voliter & Ramsey
Ramsey and Ty started classes at Temple of Poi last year and their spinning abilities have taken off. They are ecstatic to do their first public performance this year and really get their poi juices flowing.
The Pyroglyphicks of Solar Flare
Artists: Rachel Rajput & Monica Fine
Maharani and Ms Fine are the Pyroglyphicks of Solar Flare, a Bay Area based Fire and Light performance troupe for hire.
The Golden Poisters
John Routson started spinning fire poi at the Flow Temple in Venice California, his performance is dedicated to his late teacher, Dan Gordon Levitt, aka Burning Dan, who performed in the Expo in 2008.
Duo UnCut of Flamma
Katra and Annika come from a chilly Finland with an aim to bring some hotness to the world with combining poi dancing and technicality together.
The Amazing Zihni
Erol “Zihni” Efendioglu is a fire spinning super hero making his second professional appearance for the 2011 Fire Dancing Expo.
The 2011 Expo also marks the 6th Anniversary of Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo and this show is once again on the City of San Francisco and Union Square’s Jewels in the Square Program. Jewels in the Square is an ongoing series of culturally significant presentations made in San Francisco’s Union Square in an effort to make diverse entertainment available to the public for free.
The creation of this event is a tremendous leap in the efforts to legitimize fire dancing as an art form by taking it out of parking lots and putting it on landmark stages like Union Square. The Expo celebrates safe, legally permitted, public fire dancing performance in honor of National Dance Week, an annual 10-day week of free public dance events in the Bay Area designed to showcase the dynamic diversity and critically acclaimed quality of Bay Area dance.
Temple of Poi supports this vision by creating an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate fire dancing at no cost to the artists or audience. This event is a not for profit event created with the intention of:
- offering more performance opportunities for fire dancers
- giving novice artists who might otherwise not have an opportunity to perform in a public setting an opportunity where they can invite friends and family to see them express their art
- increased exposure to the flow fire art forms by creating a legally permitted public event at a San Francisco landmark location
- raise the awareness of fire dancing as a prestigious dance form by holding this event on the opening night of National Dance Week
This event is being financed by Isa “GlitterGirl” Isaacs, Temple of Poi, Union Square Park and San Francisco, generous donations from the following people:
Amy Poland Bates
Angie Kalea Ho
Anne Petersen aka Curly Love
Brett “Retch” Pomales
Daniel G. Van Olst
Dr. Lara Kossover, D.C.
Eldar Noe Dobrea
Emily S. Purdy
Julie “Slang” Beloussow
Katie Darden – Fireblessed Art
Lara M. Hopwood
Marie “Blaze” Barnett
Marla “Luna” Kaya
Mary Jerusha Teraji
Melinda “FireCracker” Sanders-McCollough
Nannette “Fire Nymph” Hawxhurst
Rachel “Maharani” Rajput
Satori Dance Studio
Solomon Dimitrius Ossa
Susan and Tim Bratton
Susan Drew Watkins
Pamela M. Howe
Paul and April Buchheit
Native Plant Nursery and Landscaping Service
R. Paramour Cook