April 21, 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of the Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo as well as the 10 year anniversary of Temple of Poi (http://templeofpoi.com), the world's first poi fire dancing school based in San Francisco, CA. On this night, we will be producing the 2012 Fire Dancing Expo. The creation of this event is a tremendous leap forward in the efforts to legitimize fire dancing as an art form by taking it out of parking lots and putting it on landmark stages like Union Square.
The Expo celebrates safe, legally permitted, public fire dancing performance in honor of National Dance Week, an annual 10-day week of free public dance events in the Bay Area designed to showcase the dynamic diversity and critically acclaimed quality of Bay Area dance. The Bay Area fire dancing community -- one of the largest fire dancing communities in the world -- stands side by side with international fire dancing legends at this event where artists of all skill level are afforded an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their work.
This event is a not-for-profit event created with the intention of:
-Offering more performance opportunities for fire dancers.
-Giving novice artists who might otherwise not have an opportunity to perform in a public setting an opportunity in which they can invite friends and family to see them express their art.
-Increased exposure to the flow of fire art forms by creating a legally permitted public event at a San Francisco landmark location.
-Raise the awareness of fire dancing as a prestigious dance form by holding this event on the second night of National Dance Week.
Despite the tough economic climate -- or perhaps because of it -- the event is attended by an estimated 3,000 people and for some artists, the largest audience they have performed in front of -- an amazing opportunity all around!
At it's inception, Temple of Poi (and by extension, Isa Isaacs, the sole proprietor and founder of the school and community) has upheld responsibility for this event -- organizing, advertising, promoting, and funding from beginning to end. As the event has grown, the community has contributed funds to assist in offsetting the cost of permits, fuel, advertising and other expenses. In 2011, this event was funded predominantly through the generous contributions of the Kickstarter.com community and we hope to repeat that again in 2012.
To ensure the 2012 show is just as impressive, we are running this Kickstarter to cover the cost of the expenses which are outlined in the budget below. Any extra funds, should we get any, will be used for addition travel stipends and/or next year's event.
This year's budget see's an increase to cover additional fees, mis-estimates of the ~$500 shortfall from 2011 and new line items have been created to ensure the safety of the event and it's participants and audience members (namely, security).
In 2011 we were several hundred dollars short and as a result of the increase in size of the event, additional expenses have arisen, including security on the plaza to safeguard against illegal fire spinning and reports of pickpockets in 2011.
Here is a breakdown of our expenses, dramatically reduced because Union Square/MJM Management is donating most of the stage to us this year and paying most of the rental fees (~$3000) by running this event as part of the Jewels in the Square program (http://jewelssf.org/).
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