Spring Quarter

April 20 – June 29

Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Youth Summer Camps

June 22 – August 7

  • Six 1-week sessions available

2015 Summer Catalog

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Fire Performance Faculty

Fire has always been a powerful, mythic element for humans. It has played a significant role in our history and molded our very way of life. Fire performers have a deep respect for the flame and know that by no means do they ever have total control over it. At The Crucible, you can learn to safely manipulate fire’s captivating power, and learn to make and use various tools like poi, fire staffs, hula-hoops and fire rope dart.

Spring Quarter

Please see the Class Index page here.

Summer Quarter

Art of Fire Dancing I (Poi)

Maori warriors used the ancient art of fire dancing to increase strength and skill in preparation for battle. Poi, which means “ball” in Maori, uses balls on ropes swung in circular patterns. Learn a little history while becoming familiar with the basic moves and safety practices. During the final class, you’ll get to spin fire!

Fire Staff

Learn the fundamentals of spinning a single fire staff and aligning the movements of your body with the movements of the staff to create a fluid, connected, captivating dance. You will make a practice staff to keep.

Fire Eating I

Spice up your performances and parties with your new skills as a fire-eater! Learn to eat fire, run fire along your skin and execute other advanced tricks with grace and confidence. You will make two torches to keep. Fire safety is emphasized.


Whether you’ve fooled around some with juggling or even if you are a complete beginner, come learn to juggle from one of the top 40 jugglers in the world. Kyle Johnson will give you the knowledge to be able to be the life of any party. (No fire in this class.)

Future Quarters

Fire Hula Hoop I

Hoop-notize your friends with your amazing hoop style! This energetic course helps you start hooping with joy! The class introduces all the hooping basics and teaches hooping on different planes of the body, hoop tricks and hoop expression through flow and imagination. During the last class, you will hula-hoop with real fire.

Fire Hula Hoop II

Go beyond hooping fundamentals by adding more complex moves to your performances. Learn isolations, stalls, tosses and how to move the hoop on different planes on your body and at varying levels. You will gain more fluidity in your hoop dance, explore new moves and learn how to combine these techniques with smooth transitions. You will hoop with fire twice during the 10-week series.

Poi Flowers

This class will explore a field of poi moves called flowers and take your fire spinning to a new level. Flowers are created when your arm moves in a circle while your poi spin. Create beautiful patterns and combined with other maneuvers to create even more complex and interesting moves. You will learn spin and anti-spin flowers as well as how to integrate them into hybrids.

Fire Eating II: Dragon’s Breath

Want to be the star of the party without burning down the house? In this fire breathing class you will safely learn basic fire breathing techniques, environmental concerns like wind and differences in fuels (including which to avoid). You will start learning breathing techniques with water; then you’ll be guided safely through your first fire-breathing experience using ultra-pure lamp oil.

Fire Rope Dart

This ancient Chinese martial art form has been embraced by fire performers worldwide for its quickness, grace and unpredictability. The tool is simple—a long rope with a flaming wick at one end—but using it demands complex movements that call on your entire body. You will learn the basics, including foot, neck, elbow and shoulder movements, plus fire safety and how to construct your own fire dart. During the last class, you will have the opportunity to work with fire.