Prop Dance featuring Mowgli. Photo by Sean Jones

3 Reasons Prop Dance is Great for Anyone

In the middle of the pandemic, it’s almost a certainty that people are spending more time on social media. Scrolling through the various feeds, you might see an interesting sight: prop dance. It might have been called flow arts, prop manipulation, spinning, dance, or fire arts. Essentially, it’s just when someone is dancing around with or without music, utilizing an …

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How We Talk About Our Art Practice

As artists, one of the hardest things in the world to do is talk about ourselves. And at the same time, it’s one of the best things we can do– not only as a way to present our art practice to others, but as a method to hone our purpose within it.  It can be REALLY challenging to try to …

Undercutting Performers by Tina Lee. Photo by Sergio Zuniga.

If undercutting was an issue before COVID-19, what’s going to happen post pandemic?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about life in the performing arts business post pandemic, imagining the possible trends, and whether or not undercutting would become worse. During the 2018-2019 school year, I took a sabbatical from teaching high school English to be a performer full time. It was an incredible year, and I learned a lot of valuable lessons. …

A Colorful State of Flow

A Colorful state of Flow By Juros Mufasa   Hello from the Southern Side My life as a Flow Artist has taken me through some incredible and not so incredible moments. Over the course of learning how to manipulate objects proficiently I’ve met and lost friends along the way and I’ve reached the point where I’ve made peace with this. …

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Greyscale – A Flow Arts Experience

I started my flow arts journey in 2011 at social media’s apex, a pivotal point in human history. We finally had the ability to create, share and perceive each other in a way we hadn’t before. Prior to this technological boom, I spent my days existing in a predominantly white state, where even the liberal city still had some very …

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Sweet and Sour: A Flow Arts Experience

The Spark:   There are many roads that lead to the flow arts. Mine was at Georgia’s regional burn, Alchemy. It was fall of 2014, during my last semester of college. I was pursuing a practical but not so exciting degree in accountancy.  I am a first-generation college graduate, a reality not uncommon in the African American community. I was …

Phenomena of Flow Arts - Photo by Leroy Armstead

The Phenomena of Flow Arts

By Thalia Patrinos (Tippy)   I can distinctly remember a specific moment where I “found my flow.” I was performing at Psycho Stompers outside of Cape Town, South Africa — my first psychedelic trance party. It may have been the fact that I had stayed up all night. It may have been the fact that the music was overpowering me. …

Hustling Towards Burnout

GLAMORIZATION OF ‘THE HUSTLE’ Currently, the ‘Hustle Life’ is hugely popular amongst various types of professionals, especially those who are self-employed. It seems as if wherever you look, there are examples of the glorification of ‘Hustling’. Friends or family members will proudly discuss how they are taking their business to the next level by denying themselves basic human needs because …

Pro Tips with Kevin Axtell - Flow Festival Applications

Pro Tips with Kevin Axtell – Flow Festivals Applications

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are not stated on behalf of the Flow Arts Institute. Kevin is primarily speaking from his own experience festival applications and expressing his opinions on the matter. Furthermore, the content provided in the bulk of this article represents the authors’ interpretation of that opinion. When it comes to event teacher applications, …

Repetition, Decision, Maturity: The Path to Flow

Being Creative and Feeling Creative at the Same Time.   Is the act of creation spontaneous, methodical, or is it sometimes a mixture of both?  Flow tries to make meaningful transitions between seemingly unconnected parts just as water passing over coarse stone eventually smooths its surface.  As a creator, the flow artist is the agent of choice between drilled and …