Fire & Performance
Classes taught at The CrucibleFire has always been a powerful, mythic element for humans. It has played a significant role in our history and molded our very way of life. Fire performers have a deep respect for the flame and know that by no means do they ever have total control over it. At The Crucible, you can learn to safely manipulate fire’s captivating power, and learn to make and use various tools like poi, fire staffs, hula-hoops and the fire rope dart.
Art of Fire Dancing I (Poi)
Learn the ancient art of Maori fire dancing. Used by these warriors to increase strength and skill, poi (which means ball) is a form of juggling that uses balls on ropes swung in circular patterns. While learning to spin poi without fire, you will also gain knowledge about the history of the art form and it’s origins. On the last day of class, students will spin with fire!
Art of Fire Dancing II (Poi)
Learn how to integrate movement with your poi spinning. After this class, your body and your poi will work together as one and you will know many new tricks. This five-week session highlights choreography, movement, and work with music. NOTE: You must have your own poi. PREREQUISITE: Art of Fire Dancing I (Poi)
Fire Eating I
Spice up performances and parties with your new skills as a fire eater! Students learn how to eat fire, run fire along skin, and more advanced tricks, with grace and confidence. You will make your own set of torches to take home.
Fire Effects I
Learn to design and build safe, effective, beautiful flame effect sculptures with propane. You will learn many different ways of manipulating fire for use in sculpture, including accumulator poofer effects, propane and liquid fuel effects, igniters, and electronic controls. PREREQUISITE: Fire Safety
Fire Effects II
In this intermediate course, make safe, effective, and beautiful propane and liquid fuel flame effects. You’ll design and build flame effects sculptures in class working with an instructor and a variety of materials. Build upon your fire effects skills to create unique, fiery projects. Students who build flame effect devices to take home may have additional expenses for materials. PREREQUISITE: Fire Effects I
In this advanced course, devise, build, and execute original fire performance and/or fire effects pieces, under the supervision and mentorship of an instructor. Hone technique and ingenuity, develop professionalism in fire production, collaborate across departments, and demonstrate skills in a safe, supportive space. Utilize the experience and proficiency developed in previous courses of the Fire Series to bring the fire effects projects and fire performances of your dreams to life. PREREQUISITE: Completed 3 courses in Fire & Performance
Learn the art of fire dancing using poi, staff, and hoop to increase strength and skill in choreography, movement, and tricks with music. Build up to spinning with fire through this course. PREREQUISITE: Fire Safety
Learn to understand what exactly fire is, techniques to prevent uncontained fires, and how to suppress a variety of fire effects. Walk away with a scientific understanding of the sources of fire and its reactions, as well as hands-on experience putting out fire effects under the expert guidance of Christopher T. Palmer. This is the first class in the six part Fire Series.
By invitation-only, this select group of individuals—having completed the Fire Series training levels—may be asked to exhibit original fire performances and/or fire effect pieces during The Crucible’s events. Mentorship and coaching will be made available in preparation for and adjudication of pieces prior to public showcase. PREREQUISITE: Fire Lab