Fire Dancing Lessons at Temple of Poi
If you are new to fire arts and are looking for more detailed
information about lessons, this article will help,
discussing the following topics:
What are fire dancing lessons?
Fire dancing classes teach artists how to swing objects soaked
in fuel and lit on fire around their body safely. At Temple
of Poi, in the Bay Area, we teach over
30 different poi classes, several
hoop classes, and some staff
classes and we offer comprehensive
beginner video training and practitioners outside the
San Francisco Bay Area.
Most classes are taught without using
fire so students can comfortably learn the skills before lighting
their tools on fire and risking injury.
Why take fire dancing lessons?
People take classes for a variety of reasons,
- understanding their body more
- exercise and fitness
- repetitive stress injury recovery
- having a fun communal experience with other people seeking
the same thing
- honing skills
- learn to become performers
- to safely dance with fire
What and how fast you will learn taking fire
At Temple of Poi, fire dancing classes focus on learning how
to flow with the movement in a personalized, safe and communal
environment. For beginners learning how to dance with fire, our
systematic approach provides a clear, proven path to safely playing
with fire in 10 weeks or so.
Poi artists begin with the Beginner
Poi Moves Class -- this introduction to fire dancing class
is 6 sessions teaching new artists the basic skills necessary
to manipulate the poi and begin considering the art of fire dancing
without using fire and risking injury. As an analogy, think of
the Beginner Poi Moves
Class like you're in an English class learning what letters
and words are -- the basic building blocks (in the case of poi,
in all directions) of communication.
Once the basics are mastered, students then move on to the Beginner
Poi Dance Class which is a 4 week series focusing on the
dancing part of fire dancing. The first two weeks teach you how
to connect the moves together -- like putting the words into
sentences -- and the second two weeks focus on preparing you
for performance by having you perform for the class -- like creating
a poem or story and reciting it.
Students often take the Beginner
Poi Dance Class concurrently with the Beginner
Poi Fire Dancing Class, (and receive a discount when registering
for them both at once) though some people take one before the
other. We recommend, if you have to take one before the other,
you take the Beginner
Poi Dance Class before you take the Beginner
Poi Fire Dancing Class. The Beginner
Poi Fire Dancing Class runs 4 weeks. The first class is an
80 minute lecture focusing on fire
safety and fire dancing
permit information. The second class teaches you how to build
your own fire tools and the 3rd and 4th classes find students
extinguishing fire, performing fire safety for others and fire
How to choose the fire dancing classes appropriate for you
While some organizations will run fire classes 2 times a week,
Temple of Poi prefers to offer students classes 1 time a week.
Evidence indicates scheduling practice time between classes is
important and we have found a single class a week often allows
students more time to practice which leads to more comfort later
with the fire dance.
If you haven't played with poi at all, the best class for you
is the Beginner Poi
If you know some poi, but do not have independent control of
each hand (stalling with one hand at a time), can't do moves in
both directions, or feel that you learn slowly, we also recommend
the Beginner Poi Moves
If you have taken beginner fire dancing classes at other San
Francisco locations and are looking to get a greater understanding
of the connection between moves, the Beginner
Poi Dance Class is for you.
If you are looking to light up for the first time and are comfortable
with your poi, the Beginner
Poi Fire Dancing Class is for you.