Day 22 : Fireless Fire Hooping

Fire: Hot. Dangerous. One of the four elements. One third of a band. Mandatory for Burning Man. I saw none of this today.

Although, in all fairness, I wasn’t exactly expecting to.

I attended an Introduction to Poi, Staff, and Hoop class on a Saturday afternoon, and like many of these activities, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself in to. I’m not sheltered enough to be unaware of what a hula hoop is, and my brilliant intellect could suss out that a staff was a straight rod of sorts, but I certainly had no idea what poi was. Frankly, I was under the impression that it was some sort of food item.

We first all sat down on some rugs in the studio and introduced ourselves. The instructors talked about their backgrounds and why they got into the fire dancing arts. Yes, I absolutely bragged about my afternoon of flying trapeze, only to discover there were a couple of others who had tried it before, in addition to aerial silks. Rats, I guess it’s back to being ever so non-special once again.

We were then we were all treated to a choreographed number by the instructors, utilizing a variety of the equipment to show us what kind of stuff you can do with it.

Afterwards we practiced some moves with staves, hoops, and poi – which turned out to be a sort of tethered ball you swing around. It also turns out that I’m weakest in that particular area. Surprisingly, I did rather well on the hoop for some reason.

All in all, I had a pretty good time. Apparently if you take one of their courses, you might get to try out your moves with actual fire at the end if you’re good enough. I admit that’s rather intriguing.

What I find really funny is that I just read a horoscope that said I was about to run away with the circus. So they are real after all! No, wait… I think that’s Astronomy I’m thinking about. Hmmm…..

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