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Fire dancing

Postby Casanova » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:11 pm

Sorry if this question has been asked if it has would you KINDLY point me in the right direction...thanks

I wanna be a firedancer for the burn.. How do I get into this, I have never done it before so is there a place to get taught or should I just start practicing.. And once I learn who do I need to talk to to apply... Are there auditions?..Thanks in advance.
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Postby jkisha » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:29 pm

There are places that give classes, at least there are here in L.A. Don't know about Orange county.

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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:31 am

Google it.














Seriously. In 5.2 seconds of google searching I found lists of instructors in all areas of the country, exact details of what to do, where to go, and how to do it. Come on kiddo..
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Postby AntiM » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:37 am

In order to dance around the Man on burn night, you must become a member of one of the conclaves. The individual conclaves get to choose who is in their troupe, and then each conclave submits a video audition of a choreographed routine each year. There are no individual dancers, they are all members of conclaves, even safety.

Get some lessons, start practicing and find out who your nearest conclave is. If your skills as a performer aren't good enough at first, see if the conclave needs safeties and volunteer for that. It gets you into the Great Circle, which is pretty damn cool.
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Postby AntiM » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:40 am

Of course, if you're in the Great Circle, you're supposed to be sober and on time.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:36 am

Well, he wants to be sober anyway...

(Hey Casanova, bet you didn't guess that joining eplaya was like joining an extended family of busybodies)
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Postby teardropper » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:41 am

AntiM wrote:Of course, if you're in the Great Circle, you're supposed to be sober and on time.


Ah, there's the rub...

My partner does Fire Conclave. I am a rookie juggler, off and on for a long time, who has taken to juggling fire balls. Think I should have taken up the staff. Easier and safer. But, as always, safety third.
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Postby The CO » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:35 am

Casanova, You're doing the right thing by asking questions now.

Start practicing now, regardless of instruction or tools. Play around with what you can, a non-fire staff or practice poi, juggling balls, whatever, and find what works best for you. Then, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. You will find people willing to teach, and the way you meet them is by going to fire jams, working with anyone you can, taking opportunities. You only get better with practice.

Find a group (or groups) that is applying for performance in the great circle, ASAP, and get in contact with them. Some are going to turn you down if you are a beginner, some will be open to taking on newbies. This is just a matter of the level of skill the groups are looking for, Don't get offended. OregonRed & I have run the Oregon Fire Conclave for a few years now, & the approach we take is to welcome anyone, regardless of skill level, as long as they are willing to commit to rehearsal & practice. Not all groups are like this, but if you show some dedication, you can get in.

If you wind up joining a group, be prepared to rehearse as much as they want. There are a limited number of groups allowed into the great circle, and all of them must audition. That's why most groups start rehearsals around January. This is also why most Shins (the head of a conclave performance group) get really annoyed when people contact them a week or two before the burn wanting in.

In a way, joining a conclave is like joining a second theme camp: you get what you put in.

Red poses the query, what is your ultimate goal? To spin fire or to be one of the cool kids in BRC? Both are awesome, but the joy of fire overall should be what drives you.

Best of luck, PM me if you have any other questions.
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Postby Snow » Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:22 pm

^^what the CO said.

And its so important that I'm going to stress it again: Above all you really have to be commited to performing. This means making practices and rehersals, and jumping through all the hoops, not just the fire hoops. Defenately don't show up on Aug 1st and expect people to have a spot for you in the inner circle.

Givin that you are here trying to find this out now, thats a great first step.

What tool(s) are you interested in learning?
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Postby drucake » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:02 pm

be careful, the gates of hell are very close to the fire circle. :twisted:
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Postby TomServo » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:48 pm

Info is a little out dated, but here's a local contact...

http://www.eyespyla.com/www/thebuzz.nsf ... enDocument
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Postby Snow » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:18 pm

drucake wrote:be careful, the gates of hell are very close to the fire circle. :twisted:

ZING!!!! HAHAHA Are you sure you can handle being in the inner circle, I was nearly sucked into the gates of hell.
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Postby bx1 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:57 am

Seriously fire dancing can only be done right when you're drunk. I'm pretty sure if you're hammered and play with fire, only good can come of this.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:18 pm

I don't think you can advocate such blatantly self-destructive ideas on the first page of a thread.
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Postby Casanova » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:30 pm

Thanks antiM and CO
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Postby bx1 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:20 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:I don't think you can advocate such blatantly self-destructive ideas on the first page of a thread.


If some person actually took that seriously, then I think they will eventually self destruct regardless of whatever comments I make.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:26 pm

bx1 wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:I don't think you can advocate such blatantly self-destructive ideas on the first page of a thread.


If some person actually took that seriously, then I think they will eventually self destruct regardless of whatever comments I make.

It's not so much about that. It's about there being good information, of course, but also about making sure that people with questions feel listened to and stay on eplaya, rather than them feeling like they became our football (interesting metaphor there, Fishy, care to tell me what brought that on) and got kicked around.
Although they are going to have to pry my snark from my cold, dead teeth...
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Postby AntiM » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:28 pm

Ah, but he had three serious replies already. Is it second page, or the three reply thing? If this trend gets attributed to me, I'd like to know which one I spawned.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:36 pm

I guess the "thank you" counts as a "Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!"
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:23 am

Fair enough.

Here's an instructional video you'll really like.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGFcm7BATGM[/youtube]
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Postby Snow » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:50 am

that ain't no disaster that's par for the course.
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Postby Dz » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:57 am

Snow wrote:that ain't no disaster that's par for the course.


seriously.. I thought there was going to be a really bad toss or something and start a bigger fire.. burns come with the territory, get used to it early or you won't last long
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:25 pm

It's the best I could come up with on short notice. :)
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Postby Dz » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:30 pm

excuses, excuses!
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Postby Dz » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:38 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rVtIEme994[/youtube]
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:47 pm

Ha-ha! Your hair's on fire.
You'll permanently scarred, *chuckle*
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Postby Snow » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:22 pm

why do you think most fire performers have short hair. :wink:
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Postby Casanova » Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:50 pm

...didn't realize how easy it was to make a fire staff until after I bought one 8)
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Postby Snow » Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:32 pm

I just got done making a few myself. I'm outta kevlar now though. I've been getting it by the roll lately.
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Postby thisisthatwhichis » Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:34 pm

Casanova wrote:...didn't realize how easy it was to make a fire staff until after I bought one 8)



Yea, well, don't light it up until you have a good safety watching you......

And wear the right freaking clothes.... You can actually flame those up, but it goes out cause of the type you're wearing.....


Or not..... I've seen it all.................. 8)
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