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Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing

Fire is the rapid oxidation of a combustible material (and/or substance) releasing heat, light, and various reaction products such as carbon dioxide and water. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma.Depending on the substances alight, and any impurities outside, the color of the flame and the fire's intensity might vary. Fire in its most common form can result in conflagration, which has the potential to cause physical damage through burning and can occasionally result in a phase transition in the affected mass if the temperature of the flame is hot enough.

Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing

Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing

Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing
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.However, the mother country of this kind of art is considered to be Bulgaria, East Europe. Fire dancing was part of the proto- Bulgarian traditions and celebrations of births and deaths. Only the virgins were allowed to play with fire, because for the proto- Bulgarians fire symbolized innocence, beauty and perfection.

Fire dancing is a very dangerous performance art, and fire safety precautions should always be taken.
Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing

Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing

Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing
The various tools used by the fire performance community borrow from a variety of sources. many have martial sources like swords, staves, poi, and whips, where some seem specifically designed for the fire community. The use of these tools are limited only by the imaginations of their users. Some tools lend themselves to rhythmic swinging and twirling, others to martial kata, and others to more subtle use. Some common tools are:

* Poi - A pair of roughly arm-length chains with handles attached to one end, and bundle of wicking material on the other.
* Staff - A rod of wood or metal, with wicking material applied to one, or both ends. Staves are generally used in pairs or individually, though many performers are now experimenting with three or more staves.
* Fire hoop - hoop with spokes and wicking material attached.
* Fans - A large metal fan with one or more wicks attached to the edges.
* Fire umbrella - an umbrella that has the cloth removed, with kevlar tips.
* Fire meteor - A long length of chain or rope with wicks, or small bowls of liquid fuel, attached to both ends.
* Nunchaku - Nunchaku with wicking material, usually at either end.
* Batons
* Diabolo
* Fire stick - Like a traditional devil stick, with wicks on both ends of the center stick.
* Torch - A short club or torch, with a wick on one end, and swung like Indian clubs or tossed end-over-end like juggling clubs.
* Fire-knives - Short staves with blades attached to the ends and wicking material applied to the blade. Fireknives are the traditional Polynesian fire implement and have been in use since the 1940s.
* Fire rope dart - A wick, sometimes wrapped around a steel spike, at the end of a rope or chain ranging from 6-15 feet long, with a ring or other handle on the opposite end.
* Fire sword - either a real sword modified for fire, or one specifically built for the purpose of fire shows.
* Chi ball - 2 rings or handles with a wick attached between them by a thin wire.
* Finger wands - Short torches attached to individual fingers.
* Palm torches - Small torches with a flat base meant to be held upright in the palm of the hand.
* Fire whips - Lengths of braided aramid fiber tapered to make a bullwhip, usually with a metal handle about 12 inches long.
* Jumblymambas - a triple ended fire object for juggling, twirling and manipulation
* Fire poofer - a propane flame effect device

The variety of available tools took a sharp swing upwards in 2000, and as the numbers of dedicated fire tool makers increase, many makers add their own ingenuity to the art and expand the performance potential even more. Frequently, new tools appear from home tinkering and enter the public domain after a few performances.

Dangerous Art Of Fire Dancing

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