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.

Please take a look around the site and get to know us better.

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What is Flow Arts?

Our Team

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Noel
FLOW GODFATHER

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

One of the most important figure 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…

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Kevin
INSPIRATION SPECIALIST

Kevin Axtell is a seasoned performer, juggler, and professional fire dancer currently performing with the west coast performance troupe Mountain Motion. Kevin is also a Master Firewalking Instructor and has personally trained firewalkers all over the world. With a passion for education, flow arts, juggling, performance, fire, and firewalking…
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Howard
SAFETY DIRECTOR

Dr. Howard Chen is a well known flow artist, who has been teaching and performing for over 10 years in the fields of Flow and Fire. Originally starting as a performer for Cirque de Flambe in Seattle, Howard eventually emigrated to Reno, NV and began performing with it’s premiere fire performance troupe, Controlled Burn, rising to the position of...
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Zan
PATTERN CONNOISSEUR

Zan is one of the most recognized names in the fire-dancing world. He has been teaching and performing for 11 years across 35 states and 20 countries. He is a natural instructor, presenting concepts very clearly with words well chosen to get the information across. His dynamic performance style is honed from over 400 shows and delivers an…
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Pyrus
EVENT MANAGER

Pyrus has been spinning and performing since 2007. He is from Minneapolis, MN and co-runs Insphyre Performance. Teaching, learning, and growing the spinning community are a huge part of his life. Pyrus is the Director for Kinetic Fire and the 2014 International Jugglers’ Association, and assists with organizing CampFire. His favorite prop is staff...
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Nick
EVENT MANAGER

Nick Garcia is an avid and meticulous poi innovator from Marietta, Georgia. Since 2011 he’s played a variety of roles for the Flow Arts and fire performance community including: instructor of beginner, intermediate, and advanced poi classes, medical organizer, event director, and is the current General Manager for Flame Festival in LaFayette…