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Isa "GlitterGirl" Isaacs, Founder

GlitterGirlIsa Isaacs founded the Temple of Poi, a school and community dedicated to empowering artists to gain greater facility with their body movement and increased body awareness through the use of poi and other flow tools. In doing so, she was able to draw upon distinctions from her diverse background and 15 years experience in systems engineering, computer consulting, customer support, courseware development, training, marketing, project implementation and department management. While her career in the computer industry garnered her financial success and various awards for performance excellence, Isa sought to integrate her artistic passion and creative desires with her entrepreneurial spirit which has resulted in building the premier poi school in the world.

In addition to her corporate career, Isa spent over 25 years exploring various music projects and instruments including voice, flute, electronic music composition, and has written, recorded and published a CD of original songs performed on piano.

Initially drawn to San Francisco dance parties because of the music, she began dancing to the electronic beats in 1998 and after two years, she found poi. Over the next two years, she developed and honed her artistic skills. In February 2001 she left her corporate job and became a professional poi fire and light dancer.

Isa established The Temple of Poi in the Summer of 2002. Isa believed that teaching the art form would enable her to have the greatest possibility for mastery and could raise the awareness and standards for poi artists everywhere. Recognizing her own limitations as an artist, student and instructor, Isa applied her systems engineering background to her poi studies. By Spring of 2004, Isa distinguished a structural model of poi to guide her development. As a result of the dramatically accelerated learning Isa experienced through her poi rEvolution model, Winter 2004 brought 6 new classes to the school and by Spring of 2005, the model emerged as the basis for all new poi class offerings.

In addition to offer the 1000 person client base over 30 different poi classes, Temple of Poi has emerged as a popular dance studio in San Francisco. In 2006, Temple of Poi won their second Best of the Bay award for "Best Dance Studio." In support of the fire dance, Temple of Poi sponsors an annual Fire Dancing Expoosition in San Francisco's landmark location, Union Square.

Isa, also known by her performance name "GlitterGirl", has been internationally recognized as a leading performer by being featured as a finalist in the Circle of Lights 4 and Circle of Lights 5 videos. Her competence and attractiveness translates well to film and her fire dancing has been featured in a commercial for Pioneer Sound Systems. She is currently performing both as a solo artist and with her the Temple of Poi dancers.

Isa has been a guest and co-host on San Francisco radio show Reality Sandwich aired on KPOO. Isa and the Temple of Poi were featured in a business profile in the San Jose Mercury News in April, 2005; SF Weekly cover story in November, 2004; won Best of the Bay awards in July, 2004 and 2006, have been highlighted in the Golden Gate [X]Press, Dance Spirit Magazine, Hooping.org and were featured on the front page of the Living Section of the San Francisco Chronicle in August of 2003. They were also featured in February 2007, Isa and Temple of Poi were featured on KRNV television news in Reno, Nevada.

When she is not teaching, performing or developing the Temple of Poi, she can be found pursuing her own evolution and development in body, mind and spirit, bringing the wisdom she gains to the school and community.

 

 

 

 

 

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"Allow me to say that I adore you. And to tell you that I am very honored to have you as a teacher. And to marvel at how you instruct others with grace, ease and empowerment."
~W. Phillips; January, 2008

"Isa (GlitterGirl) is a dedicated teacher, a talented poi artist, a brilliant business woman, and a personal friend. After Burning Man 2003, she went out of her way to help me teach poi workshops in her own studio to her own network of students. Now that I have a studio of my own I realize just how generous her actions were."
~ N. Woolsey,
Founder of
PlayPoi Studios;
November, 2004

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