Fire performance is a group of performance arts or skills that involve the manipulation of fire. Fire performance typically involves equipment such as poi, staff, hoops, fans, or other objects made with one or more wicks which are designed to sustain a large enough flame to create a visual effect.
When choosing a length keep in mind of several different types of double staff spinning that exist and which one you feel fits your flow best. Short staffs are around the length of your arm from finger tips to shoulder. They are used for lots of isolation tricks and moves that require mobility on the "inside plane". People who like these staffs usually already know they like it and are less common in beginners due to the fire being so close.Medium length doubles are very common and are just about twice the distance of your wrist to your shoulder muscle. This measurement allows you to still do some inside planes but also gives length and momentum to your staffs so the flow can come more naturally. For beginners we recommend this measurement.Long double staff are longer than twice the distance between your wrist and shoulder muscle. These staffs are nearly too long for inside planes (unless maneuvered like a monkey) and are much more common for people interested in double contact staff.
We recommend starting with the Energy Hoop because it has the most grip tape out of all of our hoops. Grip tape is helpful because it sticks to your body a little better than sparkle tape. We also recommend starting with the 160 PSI hoop because its slightly heavier, which makes learning new tricks easier. See below for choosing your hoop size.
To determine which size to get, measure from your belly button to the ground then choose the closest number, 40", 38"or 36". Custom or ders are welcome, just shoot us an e-mail or call us at 800.755.6423 x 3.
Most importantly, hoop frequently, to great music and have fun! You won't even feel like you are working out until you wake up the next morning with sore muscles. We recommend moving beyond "waist hooping"to tone and strengthen your entire body! See below for which moves tone which areas of your body:
Waist - tones abs and strengthens lower back
Hips - tones the booty
Arm Lift Up & Drop Downs - tones arms, shoulders, back, strengthens wrists
Chest & Shoulders - tones the whole upper body: arms, shoulders, back & chest
Angles - strengthens and tones the back & abs
Legs - tones thighs and booty
Vertical Moves - strengthens arms, shoulders and wrists
We don't add any additional weights or water to our hoops, however, due to the material they are made of, they are naturally heavy.
Heavier and larger hoops allow you to slow down and feel the hoop moving around your body making it easier to learn tricks. With lighter hoops you have to move really quickly to keep the hoop on your waist and it can be frustrating for beginners.
Grip tape is also known as gaffer tape. It is a super sticky and grippy tape that is great for beginners learning new tricks. Our Sassy &Energy hoops are wrapped with grip tape. The sparkle tape is very reflective shiny tape that is great for performances. While all of our hoops are wrapped with some grip tape, the sparkle hoops such as our Juicy and Blingy hoops are slightly more slippery, making them a better choice for hoopers with some experience.
Bare skin is actually the best thing you can wear... or not wear! Think shorts and a sports bra. Spandex and synthetic clothing are also great fabrics to wear.
You can buy a cheap hoop from the store but it's going to make learning very challenging and frustrating. Our hoops are more expensive because they are made out of more expensive material than those you find in the toy store. They are also hand-wrapped with beautiful grip and sparkle tape by Fire Groove is Los Angeles.
The Zinger hoops are made from 1/2"HDPE pipe which is a very lightweight and springy hoop. Once you've mastered the basics, it's fun to start exploring hooping with lighter hoops. Lighter hoops make moves such as vertical hooping, tossing, stalls and reversals a little easier on your body.
Small children would be best using The Zinger and children over 12 years old should try the 100 PSI hoop. Choosing size works the same as adults.
Although fans can act like just an extension of the body allowing them to be quite easy to handle at first, there is also quite a bit of tech involved in modern day fan spinners. With lightweight versions like the Lotus Fan with smooth rings it allows for extended practice times and techniques that were never known only 5 years ago
Our fans are made from a variety of thicknesses of steel rod bent into beautiful shapes then welded together in a fuse that holds them together through endless drops
Although the Groove Fan is only 4 wicks it is still slightly heavier than our lotus fan as it is built for beginners and tech heads who may have consistent drops at high speeds. The lotus on the other hand has 5 wicks and built more for the performance in mind with it's beautiful lotus petals designed for a shock proof fan.
We always stand behind our fans and will fix any fan weld that breaks. We have recently redesigned our welds and added a whole other step for quality control where we go through every weld and make sure that it is welded on both sides and extra strong!!!
If you bought a model prior to 2014 and it is not welded on both sides of the fan and one of the welds is broken we are offering brand new fans at 50% off to show you that the new ones are way way stronger! We are confident you will be happy and if you still want your old ones send them in and we will personally weld them up for you.
Fun Fact - Did you know that if your car was stuck off the road and needed to use your rope dart to pull it out that as long as you attached it directly from splice to splice without the chain that not only could you pull your car out... You could also attach your poi head again and keep spinning. Our rope has over a 5,000 lb breaking point!
We offer 2 lengths of rope darts. Beginners are 9 ft long and advanced is 13 ft long. The beginners are designed so you do not have to wrap up a bunch of extra chord while playing. The advanced ropes are perfect for longer shoots and practicing more intricate wraps around the body involving multiple combinations. If you want a custom size for beginners a general guide is add your wingspan to your chest height to get the total length of the prop.
Although the rope we use can take some heat it is not fire resistant or fire proof. We always add a small chain lead on the bottom to separate the head from the rope. On our meteors and hammer darts we do use technora leads but still add a little chain unless otherwise requested.
OOur rope does not have the heat resistance of technora even though it looks quite similar. It was chosen for its abrasion resistance but if you are one who likes minimal hardware and are familiar with technora then we are able to offer technora leads that go directly to the poi head or to a single quicklink for easy on and off through. Or if you generally just like the feeling of technora we offer full rigs at the same cost. Just use the custom field of the product page to let us know you want to swap for technora and your attachment method preferred (Chain, Only Quicklink, Straight to Head).
The rope we use has minimal friction for a rope and we think you will find it the best silkiest and most durable rope you have played with.
If a rope gets caught on something it can sometimes bunch up and fray. Also after continually use you will find that the rope just doesn't feel the same anymore. Do yourself a favor at that point and upgrade to a new rope and you will be so happy. It is similar to poi hardware and staff grip meaning that an upgrade every year or two can go a long way!!!
Technora is quickly becoming well known for being a high heat, high strength, and lightweight poi leash solution. Although it can withstand fire dance temperatures up to 900 degrees farenheit before decomposing there are still limitations. The ropes structure allows for it to be easily inspected so as long as you are a good fire dancer (meaning you check your tools and hardware before every performance) then this is a great alternative to metal tethering.
#1 solution: Leads should not be left on the ground burning next to the poi head as it will drastically reduce their life span and deteriorate your rope. This could happen in one burns worth if left next to the open flame! Spinning Technora? Boycott Poi for Props and don't leave your poi burning on the side of the stage!
With a tensile strength of 28 grams/denier, this high performance rope is eight times stronger than steel and three times stronger than fiberglass, polyester or nylon ropes of the same weight
Technora shows little loss of strength during repeated abrasion, flexing and stretching which makes this rope the perfect choice rope darts, poi leashes, meteor darts and hammer darts. Exceptional molecular stability ensures a high modulus of elasticity, low creep and stress relaxation as well as low thermal shrinkage.
Highly resistant to heat, acids, alkalis, and organic solvents and is not vulnerable to damage caused by steam or sea water. We have added an additional coat of protection to make sure it is UV resistant in case you accidentally leave them outside.
Although you can use a wet towel it is advised to get a safety blanket. Wet towels become extremely hard to deal with after the show and often end up stinking up your trunk. Using our safety blankets which are treated with fire retardant you can easily and quickly suffocate small flair ups on the body and extinguish props from the ground or air. When done fold it up and stash it in your kit for the next gig. Pro status!
No! Safety blankets are treated with a chemical so washing them will wash off that chemical and the blanket will lose its effectiveness.
We advise that you check over all attachment points before every single spin. With constant impact on these props hardware and attachments can fail so it is important for you to check and change out any hardware that looks worn.
We always advise that you trim down any frays that are coming off a wick using scissors. Once they are trimmed down we suggest a small amount of elmer's glue which will harden with the fire and make sure that same piece just doesn't unravel a whole section of the wick. Do not over apply the glue as it also cuts off air flow and if there is too much on there it will not act as a good wick anymore.