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Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo & 7 Year Anniversary of Temple of Poi - Free Performances in Union Square!

What: Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo & 7 Year Anniversary of Temple of Poi
Where: Union Square (Geary and Post)
When: April 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm
Cost: Free!!
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Bring a chair and a blanket and join us April 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm for our free fire dancing show in San Francisco's legendary Union Square (Geary and Post) for the fourth annual Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo.

This year's show is a veritable who's who of internationally renowned fire dancing performers hailing from 3 continents including:

In addition, the show will feature 5 student performances by:

The 2009 Expo also marks the 7 Year Anniversary of Temple of Poi -- to the day! The City of San Francisco and Union Square have added this event to their Jewels in the Square Program. Jeweles in the Square is an ongoing series of culturally significant presentations made in San Francisco's Union Square in an effort to make diverse entertainment available to the public for free.

The creation of this event – selected in 2009 for the 3rd consecutive year as one of Bay Area Dance week’s Cornerstone events – is a tremendous leap in the efforts to legitimize fire dancing as an art form by taking it out of parking lots and putting it on landmark stages like Union Square. The Expo celebrates safe, legally permitted, public fire dancing performance in honor of National Dance Week, an annual 10-day week of free public dance events in the Bay Area designed to showcase the dynamic diversity and critically acclaimed quality of Bay Area dance.

Temple of Poi supports this vision by creating an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate fire dancing at no cost to the artists or audience. This event is a not for profit event created with the intention of:

  • offering more performance opportunities for fire dancers
  • giving novice artists who might otherwise not have an opportunity to perform in a public setting an opportunity where they can invite friends and family to see them express their art
  • increased exposure to the flow fire art forms by creating a legally permitted public event at a San Francisco landmark location
  • raise the awareness of fire dancing as a prestigious dance form by holding this event on the opening night of National Dance Week

This $5000 event is being financed by Isa "GlitterGirl" Isaacs, Temple of Poi and Union Square Park and San Francisco and generous donations from the community by:

Due to the economic challenges of the current economy, we are requesting fiscal support in funding this event. If you're moved by our cause to legitimize flow and fire arts, use the Chip-In link on this page to help defray the costs of the event which include fire permits (almost $800 for the fire permit) travel stipends for out of state artists ($1000), programs, marketing and more.


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"Last Thursday I spun fire and last Sunday I really played and danced with the poi for almost two hours. Overcoming challenges and feeling flow in my body has been one little ray of sunshine for me lately. So thank you."
~D. Shelton; April, 2006

"I was at the performance last night and I am totally excited about being part of the Temple of Poi. I was amazed. You all did an amazing job. All through the night I was like "I want to do that" "OH ... I want to do that too!"
~B. Kline; April, 2006

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