Fire dancing (also known as "fire twirling," "fire spinning," "fire performance," or "fire manipulation") is a group of performance arts or disciplines that involve manipulation of objects on fire. Typically these objects have one or more bundles of wicking, which are soaked in fuel and ignited.
Some of these disciplines are related to juggling or baton twirling (both forms of object manipulation), and there is also an affinity between fire dancing and rhythmic gymnastics. Fire dancing is often performed to music. Fire dancing has been a traditional part of cultures from around the world, and modern fire performance often includes visual and stylistic elements from many traditions.
Fire dancing is a very dangerous performance art, and fire safety precautions should always be taken.
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Hoopnosis Fire Faery Show
Fire manipulation has inherent risks. Therefore, safety, careful planning, and focus are required to create a show that’s both sensational and safe. These are some of the aspects of what I offer and elements of their costs to help the public better understand what fire arts performance and pricing entails (see Bio section for pricing).
Risk- The greatest cost to a fire artist is the risk to one's self. Fire eating, for example, can cause fatal injury and is among extremely dangerous acts like fire breathing and sword swallowing. Fire manipulation is a specialized art to be respected, and as such so should the performers when negotiating payment.
Cost- There are numerous expenses in fire performing some examples include but are not limited to:
Performance fuel: $14 per gallon (approx. one gallon used every hour)
Fuel for travel, hiring safeties, & equipment such as fire extinguishers
Permits; which are often costly. The application process can also be difficult & time consuming.
Safety- I'm NYS EMT certified and insured to protect myself, others, and the performance area(s). I am insured for fire performance. I perform to the standards of the NAFAA and OSHA adhering to the NFPA 160 guidelines for open flame performance set by most fire departments. I utilize my medical background in planning and during performances. I've practiced as a fire safety and have performed with multiple fire artists at a time. For solo performances I use 1-2 safeties. For group performances 1 safety per performer +1 to oversee fuel and equipment area.
Planning- I provide: performers insurance if needed, wardrobe, music if needed, fire props and tools, fuel, safety provisions, performance area layout, and a show your guests will love! I can design a show to compliment different themes and events.
Transportation- Travel costs to and from the event are incorporated into booking pricing.
Set Up- I provide: fuel, fueling area, fire safety materials such as flame retardant towels, MSDS sheets for fuel and chemical info, fire extinguishers, medical supplies such as first aid kits, & a pre-planned performance area layout. This is to ensure maximum safety for the audience and surroundings.
Performance- I craft a show suited for the client's needs (such as age demographic or type of event). Incorporating interaction to give a sense of connection; your guests will surely be satisfied. Make your next gathering stand out from all the rest with an experience everyone will remember.
EMT certification, busking license, performers insurance
Fire use approval from: I have worked with:
Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Gowanda, Wilson, & Buffalo NY's fire departments as well as Bridgeport, CT.
Indoor Fire Performances for:
Paradise Gentlemen's Club, Salamanca NY. Hotel Lafayette, Buffalo NY. Amherst Community Church, Amherst NY. Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, Buffalo NY. Hamlin House, Buffalo NY. Ramada Inn, Pocono PA.
I've performed both indoors and out and for music and art festivals and other events around the country. Even other countries as well. Formulating show for all ages, I believe hoop dance and fire shows can be both family fun and quality adult entertainment. Incorporating crowd interaction and safety reviews for younger audiences before shows is important to me. My goal is to promote the mental and physical health benefits of hoop dance and fire dance and other flow arts while advocating and teaching the necessary safety. I use a variety of fire props including, but not limited to: palm torches, fire fans, fire hoop, fire umbrella, fire head dress, and fire eating! Combining the use of these fabulous fire acts and tools, fun outfits, and music to create a fun, unique open flame performance (for full bio see the About Page)
Hourly Rate: All age shows: $200 an hour. Minimum half hour show length rate of $150
Adult entertainment: $400 an hour. Minimum 1/2 hour show length rate of $250.
Note: Additional costs such as travel expense are the responsibility of the client. Including permit cost, though I do personally contact the FD and go in and handle filing. For all services, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of total costs is due at time of booking. Acceptable forms of payment: cash or money order. Personal Checks will only be accepted 6 weeks prior to event date. Hourly rate does not constitute total cost. Hourly rate and other costs can be negotiable in some cases (such as fundraising/charity events, non profit functions).
*Adult shows and their content are for mature audiences only. Viewer discretion is advised. Individuals booking adult oriented shows must be over 18 years of age with valid identification. Individuals booking such shows do so under the agreement all attendees are over 18 years of age and responsible for themselves. NO minors are permitted at adult shows at any time for any reason. In booking this show, the client(s) agrees/assumes responsibility for themselves and their guests. The business/performer are not responsible for attendees underage or otherwise. All attendees do so at their own risk. Violation of agreement will result in cancellation of show(s). Any legal issues/violations arising from any situation is the sole responsibility of the client(s). Thus if the company is subjected to fines/fees regarding matters related to the event, the client assumes responsibility for the costs.
I reserve the right to refuse service(s) to anyone for any reason and to cancel a show if the booking party does not meet requirements including but not limited to: providing safe environment to perform, provide necessary identification, does not meet age restrictions when applicable.
Also, while hooping, glow, and fire performing can be formulated into show for all ages, fire performing should never be attempted under the influence or unsupervised, by anyone under 21 years of age, or anyone who is not a trained professional. Never attempt any fire related acts without proper training first. Supervision is recommended for children under age 13 using hoops or other flow & glow toys.