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Help fund our historic, free, legal, fire dancing show with amazing internationally renowned fire dancing talent from around the globe!
Help fund our historic, free, legal, fire dancing show with amazing internationally renowned fire dancing talent from around the globe!
119 backers pledged $4,705 to help bring this project to life.

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April 23, 2011 marks the 6th anniversary of the Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo. The creation of this event – selected in 2010 for the 4th consecutive year as one of Bay Area Dance Week’s Cornerstone events – is a tremendous leap 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.

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. Sadly, in 2010 we were only able to offer $300 in travel stipends and even that was fiscally challenging. Despite the tough economic climate -- or perhaps because of it -- the event was attended by an estimated 2,500-3,000 people -- the largest expo so far and for some artists, the largest audience they have performed in front of -- an amazing opportunity all around!

To ensure the 2011 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. Here is a breakdown of our expenses, dramatically reduced because Union Square/MJM Management is donating the stage to us this year and paying the rental fees (~$3000).

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    Your name credited in print on the Temple of Poi web site.

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    The above plus a set of fire dancing post cards sent via mail to a domestic location you choose.

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    Enjoy watching the evolution of this show and the fire dancing art form when you watch the DVD from the first Temple of Poi Expo (2006). You'll also get all of the above rewards.

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    All of the above plus a DVD with HD video performance highlights from the past 5 years including (but not limited to) sets from: Yuta, Banyan, MCP, Thomas, Alien Jon, Burning Dan, Manda Lights, Corey White, Zan and Aurora and more!

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    All of the above plus a hand written thank you note and fire dancing sticker.

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    All of the above plus a 15 minute private coaching session (Skype, phone or in person where feasible) from Temple of Poi.

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    All of the above plus an additional 15 minute private coaching session (30 minutes total) (Skype, phone or in person where feasible) from Temple of Poi.

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    All of the above plus an additional 15 minute private coaching session (45 minutes total) (Skype, phone or in person where feasible) from Temple of Poi.

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    All of the above plus a copy of the complete 2007 Fire Dancing Expo show on DVD.

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    All of the above plus a copy of the complete 2008 Fire Dancing Expo show on DVD.

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    All of the above plus a copy of the complete 2009 Fire Dancing Expo show on DVD.

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    All of the above plus a copy of the complete 2010 Fire Dancing Expo show on DVD.

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    All of the above plus a copy of the complete 2011 Fire Dancing Expo show on DVD -- AND three 8x10 fire dancing photographs, personally autographed for you by GlitterGirl.

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    All of the above plus an invitation for you and your friends to a special "Angel Investor" performance given from Temple of Poi.

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    All of the above plus a private performance for you and your friends in a mutually agreed upon location in the Bay Area.

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    All of the above plus a handcrafted piece of art made exclusively for you by GlitterGirl.

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    All rewards from $0-$50 plus 2 private fire dancing performance (delivered the same day) at mutually agreed to venues in the city of your choosing (in the North American continent) by Temple of Poi Founder, GlitterGirl.

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