If you have never seen fire dancing and want a quick answer to what it is, imagine a Hawaiian Luau. The traditional luau is a Hawaiian party the is accompanied by a feast and entertainment. The entertainment usually consists of music featuring ukulele and drums, luau dancers and fire dancers. The fire dancers at luaus represent the ancient traditions and usually work with fire staffs.
Contemporary fire dancing has evolved beyond where the art originated. Since the 1990’s the art form has been exploding as more people become interested in it and learning has become more accessible. Today, there are more tools available to fire dancers and a seemingly endless array of videos online to watch. These two factors (among others) have inspired many seemingly new artists to grow into the arts. Because of this influx of new talent over the last decade the fire arts has grown into places it never would have went before if it wasn’t for technology bringing the community together.
The exact origin of Fire dancing has been very hard to determine. What we do know is that it is believed that the Maori people of New Zealand first explored this skill (or) artform. This ancient art was adopted by the people of Polynesia hundreds of years ago. They would use poi to sharpen their reflexes, gain strength and dexterity in their wrists and arms, and poi also helped with flexibility needed to use particular weapons and tools. The Maori word, “Poi” translates to, “ball on a string”.
Unlit Fire Staff
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