Class 1 Fire Props
Originating with the Mauri people indiginous to New Zealand, poi are two balls attached to lengths of rope (or chain) with handles. They can be maneuvered through the air around the body to create beautiful geometries of fire.
Staff and Double Staves:
Both the staff and double staves have long been a part of Maoli (Hawiian) dance. There are of course many different styles of staff spinning from all over the world, each one unique in its own way, but all of them a wonder to behold!
The use of fans in dance and combat has been a part of Eastern cultures for centuries. Modeled after the asian hand-held fans, the combining of fire with fan dancing is reletively modern.
Traditionally called a “Meteor Hammer” by Chinese Kung Fu artists, this advanced prop has been adampted by modern fire manipulators with a combination of empty-knot shibari and and dance to produce mind blowing effects.
Fire Swords and Knives:
The “fire knife” dance has its roots in ancient Samoan exhibition called “Ailao”. Fire was added to this dance in the mid-1900s, as well as a dulling of the blades for safety reasons. Althought the sharp edges of the blades have been removed, few forms of fire manipulation inspire such awe.
Most often used by female performers and belly dancers, palm torches bring an added element of beauty to any performance.
You may have seen jugglers using balls, clubs, or knives. You may even be able to juggle fruit in your kitchen at home. Our jugglers bring the art to a whole new level with their fire club and fire ball juggling! We can even do fire contact juggling! For anyone wondering, contact juggling is what David Bowie was doing with the crystal ball in the movie “Labrynth”.
Fire snakes are the American “go big or go home” version of fire poi. Simply put, they are rope wicks that vary from 6” to 30” long with shorth lengths of chains and handles. They are maneuvered around the body in a similar manner to poi. Fire snakes are one of the larger flamed props, and are always a huge hit!
Before it was known and recognized as the common colorful plastic toy, the traditional "hula hoop" used to be made of dried up willow, rattan, grapevines, or stiff grasses. Even though they have existed for thousands of years, they are often misunderstood as being invented in the 1950s. We have all tried a hula hoop at one point or another in our lives, but add the element of fire, and it is a whole new world!