Dancing with fire, like trying to helicopter on a ping-pong table, is as dangerous at is graceful. Learn to safely tame the flame with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a three-class pass valid for all beginner classes at Elemental Artistry (a $45 value).
Elemental Artistry's award-winning instructors ignite students' passion for fire-dancing by teaching them how to spin poi, twirl batons and staffs, and hula-hoop in classes. Students begin by learning basic techniques without fire to hone their skills and develop a thirst for ash. Batons and staffs flip dangerously close to passing birds, hula- hoops imitate the rings of Saturn, and poi race around spinners like flirting comets. Once students master their skills, they learn to dance and perform with fire. Instructors provide all the necessary equipment and welcome both adults and children, though children will not be able to play with fire until they grow up or summon the ability to make clouds cry.
Elemental Artistry's performers play with fire for a living. Blending the fluidity of dance with a theatrical sense of spectacle, the troupe—which includes an NBTA gold-medalist baton twirler—whirls flaming props into fiery vortexes, dazzling spectators at events ranging from the Tucson Celtic Festival to the sweet sixteens of local volcano gods.
In addition to more than 150 performances since 2007—some of which have earned print and television attention in the Arizona Daily Star and on KOLD News—troupe members teach their craft in workshops and classes that lead students of all ages through movements, such as poi spinning, staff and baton twirling, and hula hooping, using unlit props, at least to start. The art form's constant movement and careful coordination can help to tone muscles, awaken ambidexterity, heighten kinesthetic awareness, and occasionally open interdimensional doorways. Elemental Artistry's dance architects can also develop flame-free spectacles using props ablaze with LED lights.
Santa Rita Park
620 E 19th St.
Tucson, Arizona 85719