Call for Fire Dancing Artists
We want to showcase new, innovative and fun fire dancing performances.
Do you want to show off your performance?
Each year, National Dance Week encourages the growth and development
of Dance in America by raising the public consciousness to the
values, importance and contributions of Dance to our daily lives
and culture. Temple of Poi is committed to supporting this mission
by creating an affordable opportunity for performers and audiences
alike to appreciate the beauty, grace and brilliance of fire
dancing by sponsoring a free-to-the-public, affordable-for-artists
fire dancing show on San Francisco’s landmark Union Square
Temple of Poi is proud
to sponsor the 2nd annual Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo as
an opportunity for the global fire dancing community to perform
for an enthusiastic, appreciative, receptive audience in San
Francisco. This event has been selected
by Bay Area National Dance Week as
a Cornerstone Event, one of 2 San Francisco based events selected
from almost 300 events held during National Dance week.
this means to you as an artist is more press coverage and potentially,
coverage on television news. We've already been in touch with
ABC TV and the SF Chronicle newspaper.
Because Temple of Poi understands how challenging it can be
to find safe and affordable venues in which to showcase fire
dancing performance, we are creating this opportunity for artists
to have a gorgeous 26’x70’ concrete, outdoor stage!
We invite you to bring your best fire dancing performance art
and strut your stuff for our live crowd and video cameras.
We’ll pay the cost and do the work to get videographers,
fire and sound permits, space rental, press, marketing, fuel,
spin out areas and an amazing opportunity in front of a large
crowd in a city that loves fire dancing in exchange for your
time on the stage. If you’re a performer or safety willing
to donate $30 to these fees on or before April 29 (about $3000
in 2006), we’ll also give you two copies of the DVD of
the show when the DVD is complete (the DVD will list at $20 or
This non-profit event was created with the intention of giving
performers of all skill levels the chance to perform while raising
awareness of fire dancing as a prestigious dance form. This
event offers novice soloists and groups who might otherwise
not have the opportunity to perform an opportunity to get their
feet wet with public fire dancing performance in front of a crowd
there to see you. Additionally, professionals can come and share
their art and show off their choreography in a public setting
sure to delight and inspire us all.
This event benefits the global fire arts community by creating
more opportunities for us to perform the art form safely and
creating awareness of the beauty of the event. It benefits you
specifically because we will also be creating marketing packs
for the public and your marketing material can be included in
that kit, giving you lots of potential clients whose hands will
receive your flyers, promos, coupons, zines and other marketing
material after having just witnessed your amazing skills.
This two hour show will be hosted by Miss
Tamale, a friend,
fellow fire dancer and comedian from Chicago. We are inviting
fire artists to apply for performance spots in the 2007 event
in one of these categories:
- Solo Amateurs/Students: 60 second performances: up to 15
as space permits to music we select.
- Solo semi-pro and professionals:
2.5 minutes per artist per performance tool, up to 2 tools
per artist; we have 10 time slots available
- Group performances Amateurs/Students: we have at least three
4 minute time slots available
- Group performance semi-pro and professionals: we have at
least five 7 minute time slots available
We are also now accepting
volunteers to assist with:
- fire safety
- equipment set up/tear down
- flyer distribution/marketing
- stage management
- management of spinout area
- hosting out of town fire artists
Interested applicants must submit an application to us by March
28, 2007 in order to be considered. Applications must include
this information sheet as well as either an in person audition
or video submission of the proposed piece or something like it.
In an effort to support a diverse show, preference will be given
to artists from outside the Bay Area – after all, they
are coming all this way to donate their time, energy and brilliance
to a Bay Area fire show.
Guidelines for Applicants
- all applications must be received by March 28, 2007 at Noon
- we would like to fill at least half the performance spots
with out of town guests and preference will be given to their
- this is a non-profit event and is therefore unpaid in 2007.
- each group must apply with one application and a designated
contact person. All members of the group must be listed on
- Solo acts must have a separate application, even if you are
part of a group.
- All applications must include a video of the piece or comparable
work OR the artists must audition the piece live for GlitterGirl.
(Special exceptions can be made for established out of town
artists on an individual basis after direct contact with GlitterGirl).
- an application is not considered complete until each member
of the group performing has signed and submitted their video
release form. http://templeofpoi.com/events/videoRelease2007.doc
- Out of town guests should indicate on their application if
they are looking to be hosted while in town.
- You must be comfortable spinning with white gas only (if
you need an exception, please contact us in advance).
- must have prior performance experience with white gas only
- For permitting reasons, all artists must wear natural fiber.
Synthetic fibers may be used with prior written approval from
GlitterGirl IF they are on top of natural fibers.
- No fire spitting allowed.
- Must have prior experience extinguishing burning tools
- Must agree to abide by the Flowology
Mindset™ as related
to the event: http://templeofpoi.com/flowology/mindset.php
Please note, this event is a mere 5 days prior to Fire
Drums V, the west coast annual fire and drum gathering.
This legally permitted public event will take place at a historic
San Francisco landmark location on the closing night of National
Dance Week, April the 29th 2007. Call time for artists is 7:30
pm with tools ready for tool inspection. Show starts at 7:55
Visit this web page for a complete listing
of the 2007 Temple of Poi classes and events for National Dance