About Us

The Flow Arts Institute (FAI) supports the development of the blossoming Flow-Arts community by providing quality educational opportunities, an informational resource hub, and workshop-based festivals. Our intention is to provide the highest quality Flow-Arts education and experiences available. We aim to fill the community’s need for flow-skills training, personal growth, and professional development by offering:
FAI Media: photo of fire dancer
An online resource hub for Flow Arts information, including a compendium of video tutorial content on this website, both free and pay-per-download.
Flow Festivals: collage of festival photos
Flow Festivals around the USA, gathering hundreds of fire-spinners and flow-artists to learn, teach, innovate, and build community. We are the largest network of connected flow festivals in the country, and host over 500 workshops per year.
Safety Training: video still of fuel station
Industry-standard safety training information for fire performers and their supporting personnel.

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What is Flow Arts?

Our Team



Noel Yee aka Noel Tech – Foreways Project, Vulcan Crew.

One of the most important figures of the modern flow arts scene, Noel Yee has had a strong hand in the evolution of flow arts culture and always brings a unique understanding of object manipulation to the table. With thousands…



Chelsea Cooper

Chelsea Cooper has been practicing flow arts since 2013. Hailing from the New Orleans area, her gateway prop was the hula hoop. Since then, she has expanded to training with multiple props. She has been involved with the Flow Arts Institute since 2019...



Rion Fish

Rion Fish has been obsessing over buugeng for as long as they can remember. Fish experiments in many art forms, including painting, photography, and clowning. In the flow arts...



Matthew Sosticky

Matthew Sosticky began spinning in 2005 with some friends in his local burner group, The Party Liberation Foundation. He started attending flow festivals and eventually began instructing at them. He has since been involved in...




Timbo was first introduced to flow arts and fire performance in 2009 after becoming involved with the Mid-Atlantic Burning Man community. Two years later, he attended his first flow festival as an instructor at the second year of FLAME Festival. The following year...