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Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Fall Quarter

September 19 – December 9

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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.

Summer Quarter

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Fall Quarter

Art of Fire Dancing I (Poi)

Learn the ancient art of Maori fire dancing. Used by these warriors to increase strength and skill, Ôpoi’, which means ball, is a form of juggling that uses balls on ropes swung in circular patterns. While learning to spin poi without fire, you will also gain knowledge about the history of the art form and it’s origins. On the last day of class, students will spin with fire.

Fire Staff

Learn the fundamentals of single fire staff spinning. We’ll progress to focus on how to align body movements with the movements of the staff to create a fluid, connected, captivating dance. Each student makes a practice staff to take home.

Fire Hula Hoop I

Hoopnotize your friends with your amazing skills! This energetic course is an introduction to the basics of hooping including using different planes of the body, hoop tricks, and hoop expression through flow and imagination. At the culmination, you will hoop with real fire.

Fire Eating I

Spice up performances and parties with your new skills as a fire-eater! You will learn how to eat fire, run fire along skin, and more advanced tricks with grace and confidence. Students/You will make your own set of torches to take home.

Future Quarters

Fire Hula Hoop I

Hoopnotize your friends with your amazing skills! This energetic course is an introduction to the basics of hooping including using different planes of the body, hoop tricks, and hoop expression through flow and imagination. At the culmination, you will 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.