Oakland, California may be called the seat of North American fire dancing culture; its throne room would be the Vulcan, a cluster of eight live-in circus studios renowned around the world of circus performance for its concentration of superb jugglers and fire dancers.
Some call 2010-2015, during the years I spent building a couple of those circus studios, “the golden era” for fire dancing in the Bay Area. It was during these years that I was a workshop organizer for FireDrums (pictured), the most populous North American circus event at the time.
FireDrums wasn’t the only event I would produce, coordinating travel and housing logistics for foreign circus instructors across a great variety of language barriers — some thick, some thin. In the end, I was instrumental in the production of hundreds of workshops and performances over dozens of events, both at home and abroad.