It is with deep thanks that I write this blog entry for two fabulous emcees for the Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo & 7 Year Anniversary – my friends, teachers, students and personal inspirations Miss Rosie and Matthew “Maestro” Freedman.
In the tradition of ladies first, let’s start with Miss Rosie. Miss Rosie is an International Hoopdance Hero. She is the founder of Hero Hoops, and is a beacon of positivity, joy, and empowerment for all. She regularly teaches hoopdance for men, women, and children around the Bay Area and across the U.S. For those wanting to share their love of hoopdance, she offers a hoopdance teacher training program in San Francisco.
And now, Matthew “Maestro” Freedman. Following his initial seduction by flame at the 2004 Burning Man festival, Matthew trained at the Temple of Poi and has been an active fire performer in the Bay Area. His experience includes public performances with the Temple of Poi, appearances at the Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival and the Burning Man Fire Arts Expo, participation in the 2006 BomTribe Burning Man conclave, and starring roles in the “Oedipus Sex”(2005), “Burning Hope, Naked Fear” (2006) and “Infernal Conception” (2007) Burning Man fire operas. Matthew has assisted in organizing the Solar Flare Burning Man Conclave since 2007 and participated in two international tours during 2008 — the Laughing for Life circus (Thailand) and the Dreamtime Circus (India). He serves on the Board of Living Dream Arts, a nonprofit organization bringing circus skills education and performance to children and communities around the world. Matthew enjoys choreographing seductive duets and developing innovative polyrhythmic poi sequences. In his spare time (and when not on an extended sabbatical), he advocates for sustainable and affordable energy policy as an attorney representing the interests of California consumers.