Fire Dancing

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Fire Dancing

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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. Firedancing is often performed to music. Fire dancing has been a traditional part of cultures from around the world, and…


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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. Firedancing 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.

During the period from the mid 1990s to the early 2000s Fire Dancing grew from a relatively obscure and marginalized native tradition, and talent and skill of the Baton Twirler and circus art to a widespread and almost commonplace occurrence at venues and events as diverse as raves, rock concerts, night clubs, beach parties, camping festivals, cabarets and hotel shows. Many attribute the rapid growth in popularity to the Burning Man festival, where many thousands were exposed to fire dancing who had never seen nor heard of it before. Also a powerful force was the rise of internet chat and bulletin board cultures, which allowed aspiring dancers in isolated areas to tap into the then limited pool of skilled performers far outside of their geographic confines.

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