Paul Dunkirk-Greenbaum

Paul Dunkirk-Greenbaum is a fire performer of 10 years. He owns Burning Passion providing quality pyrotechnic paraphernalia to the masses and vends at many fire oriented events every year around the country. Skilled in more than 10 fire props, Paul is an accomplished fire dancer with an outgoing unique style. Paul has worked with the Minneapolis Fire Collective, Illumination Fire Troupe, Barebones Puppet Theater and The Secret Circus. Working together with Amy Bloss he started the Minneapolis Fire Collective and hosted a weekly spin event called Spun Out. He is now hosting a weekly skill share in his live-in dance studio, The Stomping Ground, to help promote the fire performance arts in the twin cities. He has taught numerous workshops and classes around the country from everything to fire safety, a variety of intro classes and much more in depth object manipulation courses catering to many skill levels.

Beginning Poi: Freedom in Flow

Freedom in Flow is an alternative for the traditional style (forward spin, butterfly, etc) in teaching beginning poi. The traditional style has been known to create a mind trap for people who are starting out with spinning poi, and over time some spinners seem to 'plateau', feeling stuck with the moves they have learned and having trouble to advance from there. Freedom in Flow is ideal for people who are just getting started with spinning poi or for people who have experienced that 'plateau' and would like some ideas on how to get out of their spinning rut. In this workshop, we will focus on pendulums rather than the full spin. Pendulums are much more comfortable as a starting point as the poi are lightly swung from side to side and look much cooler than a full circle spin. We will experiment with the full range of movement, turns, planes, same time vs split time, full arm extensions, stalls and a lot of other basic moves and concepts that will help open up your mind to what is achievable with poi.

Fire Dancing Safety

This Fire Dancing Safety Workshop will cover fire safety for fire dancing performance covering everything you'd need to know to stay safe during fire play. We will talk about the importance of a fire safety, the equipment needed for being a fire safety, and all the important information for having a safe fire performance. If you would like to fire dance you must attend this workshop (which will be offered more than once) to get a bracelet which will allow you to fire dance in the established fire dancing zone. There is no fire dancing allowed outside of the fire dancing zone. All the details will be available at these scheduled workshops.

Fire Eating and Fleshing

Instinctively, a normal human response to fire is the fear of getting burned. Fire Eating and Fleshing is the perfect introduction to the fire performance arts, and an incredible way for more experienced performers to further enhance their ability to feel comfortable with fire. Through experiencing the feeling of fire on your body, you will further build your relationship with the flame by learning your tolerance and boundaries with contact fire. In this workshop we will be learning a variety of fire-eating techniques/moves. We will explore the various ways to fire flesh (dragging fire across your skin) and fire transfers (dragging a line of fuel across your skin and then igniting it to create a trail of fire). As people are feeling more comfortable with the fire we will learn more advanced tricks. Towards the end of the workshop, when people are feeling more confident about fire eating and fire fleshing, we will explore working together with the techniques we learned. You will need your own set of fire eating torches. (Hopefully we can pull off the sexy, yet difficult, tongue fire transfer! Ow ow!)

Freedom of Movement with Fire Fan Tech

Let's combine the flowy dance style of fire fans with the sharp look of tech performance! There are many ways to manipulate our fans; we can spin them like poi by doing finger spins, pretend our fans are swinging clubs or double staves by creating a fury of hybrid combinations, or we can just wiggle our bodies and look sexy. There are a variety of concepts and moves that we will focus on which will help further your understanding of not only fire fans, but of any object manipulation prop. We will learn in-spin vs anti-spin, isolations, full arm extensions, folding, sliding, and angular moves while combining all these movements to give you more freedom of movement in your fan performance. Prepare to take it to the next level! Extra fans will be available if you don't have one, but bring your own if you do. This is a class for dancers that already have experience with finger spins and an intermediate understanding of fan tech.

















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