Fire dancing and manipulation is a combination of the flow arts, fire eating, fire breathing, as well as a variety of other skills that use fire like fleshing. No matter what area you are specializing in, fire is dangerous. While there are safety precautions you can take, these only minimize the risk factor. Safety precautions do not make working with fire safe. Please visit our Safety Page to learn more.
Fire dancing heavily involves the flow arts. Similarly to the flow arts, it relies on the flow movement with a prop. Each individual dancing with fire gives their prop or props a life of its own by using their own individualistic style to create their dance or flow. The numbers of different props you can use with fire are countless and new are being invented each day! Good fire props are built using high safety standards and are made out of specific materials that are meant to withstand heat. Visit the Flow Page to learn more about what prop might be right for you. For many people fire dancing represents a burning passion and a dedication to learning their art.
Fire eating and fire breathing are two of the more dangerous forms of fire manipulation. While each of these disciplines may not be hard to learn, it is very important to have a trained professional teach you. Some common dangers associated with these disciplines are burnt lungs, chemical pneumonia, and igniting ones face on fire forming severe burns.
Fire fleshing uses the principals of fuel transfer to create the illusion of lighting one’s skin on fire. While the fire coming into contact with the skin is very real, the skin itself is not burning. Instead, the fuel is what is ignited and burned.
fire staff | Photograph by Lex Dodson