I’m one of those people who eats, sleeps and breathes dance. Movement arts, including fire poi spinning, thrill and entertain me – a great performance moves me to tears with something beyond joy. I’ve danced since I could walk, and have studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern/contemporary at Northern Kentucky University and the Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as practically living at local dance studios throughout my school years.
In 2007 I began studying tribal belly dance, and performed with Dante’s Gypsy Circus for about seven years. I love fire arts; I’m a fire eater who also spins fire poi and work with additional props. I’ve taught tribal belly dance as well as poi.
Currently I collaborate with Circus Mojo in Ludlow, Kentucky, which focuses on traditional circus arts to create social change for teens, providing confidence and self-esteem for disabled adults, networking with a global community of circus artists, and more.
In 2016 I published a *future* New York Times bestselling novel about being a fire eater: Girl on Fire (click here for your copy from Amazon!). And most recently, I happily joined Keshvar Project. When I’m not dancing/performing, I’m rehearsing, training, studying, reading about, writing about, scanning music for, or simply daydreaming of movement art. This website, Cherie Dawn Loves Fire, is an expression of this.
You may also know me as the former Senior Online Editor of ArtistsNetwork.com (the online home of The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Pastel Journal, and more). Today you can find me blogging and managing the online content for Streamline Publishing (Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Plein Air magazine, and Artists-on-Art). If you can’t tell ~ I love all of the creative and performing arts. I’m blessed that my career supports this passion.