Still sweaty, I just returned home from some amazing alone time, listening to my favorite songs and spinning poi, at Circus Mojo. Not completely alone–tonight was Scout Night, so I took my two sons to participate in a circus class, and I retreated to the backstage dance studio with my MP3 player and notes from past Kinetic Fire weekends, TribOriginal, and countless workshops and classes that I’ve attended over the years.
It’s been a few months since I’ve been as inspired as I was tonight, but as I’ve written about in the past, there are mountains and valleys to creativity. I’ve been in a valley for a while, and the most unpredictable sequence of events pulled me out of it. I’ll explain more about that in my future NY Times bestseller, which I’m also working on, but for now, suffice it to say that fate granted me the opportunity to perform a fire poi solo in the midst of circus talent from around the world, not to mention an amazing audience. I was able to give myself to the audience in that spontaneous set, and in doing so, I gave myself freedom to continue to fire dance, against all odds and mental restrictions (honk if you can relate).
Tonight, as I practiced my poi spinning techniques, I drilled things that I should have nailed by now: anti-spins, for one thing, but also some really cool moves that I learned and had forgotten about. Thank goddess for my dance journals! Between the technical poi drills and advice on stage presence and improvisation, I took my own physical history and danced it. Pique turns that had slept in my memory for years were awakened as I combined them with poi cyclones. Even just seeing the names of my teachers of dance, poi, and hoop throughout the years strengthened me tonight: Onca, Zan, Baxter, Suzanne, Jodi, and even faces without names; they were all with me. I thank them for sharing their knowledge.
As I’ve said to others, I’ll say now, in my own blog: knowing your talent is a gift. It’s your responsibility to share that gift with others because those who’ve not found their passion (and those who have) thrive on seeing individuals and groups share their talent, for entertainment or for other walks of life. I’ll admit that I get a little emotional when I see a great performance; it’s nothing for my hands to sweat, and I even have to bring a tissue, just in case the combination of music and performing arts brings me to tears, which it has, and will again.
To celebrate this revival and to inspire it in you, I’m proud to announce that I’m working with Mayan Ruins to coordinate a “Prop Play” evening at Circus Mojo, where one of Cincinnati’s favorite psychedelic bands will provide the music, and you just bring your passion and your favorite props. We’ll dance, drink, and dance some more–there’s plenty of space, and the vibes are great. Check the Circus Mojo Facebook page for up-to-date details, and I’ll see you there.
Peace, love, dance, and fire,