Introducing FAI’s Media Team

//Introducing FAI’s Media Team

Introducing FAI’s Media Team

If you’ve been following us, you know that we’ve been producing regular content for a few months now. We are happy to announce the expansion of our Media team to enhance the level, quality, and perspective of our flow arts reporting. Each of our new additions offer a wonderful perspective in each of their specialties. We will be offering more reports on the culture, props, festivals, how-tos, and much much more. To support our new team, we will be looking for sponsors. Details are being worked out, but please feel free to contact us if interested.

  • Poppe Tsunami resides in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is an active member in the flow arts community through organizing events, choreographing routines, performing, teaching, and mentoring. Together with the Flow Arts Institute, she works towards giving flow artists a voice as well as promoting the understanding and practice of the craft through regular reporting.

    When she isn’t spinning a prop or doing acrobatics, she does web design and development and strategic design. She hopes to use these skills to help elevate flow artists, the community, and the craft.

    She’s a pretty big dork, geek, nerd, whatever and has been known to actually love EDM, chillwave, indie-rock, rap, instrumental rap, and banjos.

  • I’m Caitlin, AKA Spinnabel Lee. After spending years working part time in show business and teaching a number of private hoop dance students, I deemed myself completely unemployable by the corporate world. I’ve been a lifelong hustlerpreneur, but after over a dozen careers (some messy, some not fit for print and many bizarre) and businesses left behind, I decided it was probably time to start an actual, sustainable career (with myself!) I became the owner, producer, and lead entertainer of my own commercial fire and contemporary circus entertainment company, Spinnabel Lee Entertainment LLC, where I work full-time.

    In the spinning world, I favor hoops, fans, and poi as my tools of choice. I’m passionate about creative movement, theatrical performance techniques and global dance. I’m also an amateur makeup artist, costume designer, intuitive, and writer. I blog about creative business, performance lifestyle, and self-improvement at http://spinnabellee.com/blog. I am a Capricorn (Western astrology), Rat (Chinese astrology), and 9 (numerology). I love rap music, wine, and cooking (preferably at the same time). I collect vintage clothing that causes me to usually look like either a 1950s housewife or an old, fabulous woman who dabbles in the occult.

  • Exuro hails from the isolated metropolis of Minneapolis. Over the past eight years, he has been on his flow arts journey and has worked with and at a multitude of events as a performer, educator and event producer. Currently, he works as a director for Kinetic Fire, Camp Fire and MinneFLOWta, is the North American representative for Pyroterra Lighttoys, and performs with Insphyre Performance. He travels to teach and learn at events around the world for about two months out of each year and implements his learnings within his local communityin Minneapolis and the events he works with.
  • Since he was old enough to hold a hammer, Jeremy Menefee has been building things (and trying to contact roll the hammer). Jeremy alternates between barricading himself in his workshop for days on end making props, and going missing for days on end spinning them, and has amassed a collection of flow objects that is rapidly devouring his apartment. Jeremy is a spin-jam organizer in Columbus, Ohio, where he is working to help develop the object manipulation community.

    Since childhood, Jeremy has rarely been seen without juggling balls, a staff, a stick, or anything else he could spin, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he found the flow arts community and began to develop props specifically for performance. Jeremy is a firm believer in open source, and will be providing tutorials, tips and tricks, product reviews, and how-to’s on all things flow.

  • Hi! I’m Rob, known in a previous life as Bluecat. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and work as a teacher and performer with a company called Circus Alba. I help run Play Festival, one of the OG ‘not just a juggling convention’ festivals over in Europe, and I set up the Uberevents series of masterclass events almost 10 years ago that helped rapidly expand shared knowledge in the pre-youtube world. I was very lucky to be involved in some of the early 2000’s explosions in poi and contact staff techniques, which I’ll be writing about in the future. I’m not a big fan of the term ‘Flow Arts’, so it’s going to be fun writing from this side of the pond and this side of the Flow/Juggling/Circus/Manipulation debate. I love to write about circus from community, performance and training persectives, as well as dabbling in travel and political debate too. I train hand to hand with my not quite wife, and we have 2 kids who are going to be circus ninjas. We’ve just bought a Circus Farm for that to happen on. I juggle most things that can be juggled, spin poi, staff, can split 4 hoops (badly), contact juggle, can just about make 2 diabolos stay on a string, and love hand to hand. I’m excited to be part of the FAI team, looking forward to some good times on the page and screen. Slainté!
  • Dawn Dreams juggled since she was 8 years old, but was always alone when she practiced in her youth. In 2002, when she finally found the community of spinners in Toronto she gained a sense of connection, which driven her to foster community ever since. She moved to Vancouver in 2003 and immediately connected with the fire scene and juggling clubs there, attending her first juggling festival in Victoria 2005 and began busking. The following summer of 2006, she based herself in The Hangar and toured through European juggling festivals for 5 months in the UK, France and finally EJC Ireland. When she returned, she began co-organizing the next Victoria Juggling festival in 2007 & 2008 and then co-founded the Madskillz Vancouver festival. She has been deeply tied to the SPARK! Circus, The Busking Project, Vancouver Busker Festival and the Ministry of Manipulation. Her dedication to documenting the Flow Arts and juggling scenes, and bringing community together has driven her work for over thirteen years.
    Currently living in France, Dawn continues to work with directors creating new acts, also filming tutorials on her youtube channel, and writing to enhance the wider world of Flow Artists.
  • Michelle Canada is a circus artist from Portland, OR. She has been practicing flow arts for five years. Her primary focus is on Poi and Double Staff, with aspirations towards Three Poi and Triple Staff. She has made multiple appearances up and down the west coast at festivals such Pacific Fire, FireDrums, Oregon Country Fair, SOAK and Spin In’. She has worked with multiple Burning Man Conclaves and currently helps choreograph for Cascadian Fire Collective, which hopes to perform at the burn this year. Though she has a strong appreciation for cool tricks, she hopes to develop performances that have an emotional narrative and a great costume, and enjoys the theatrical side of performing in addition to the showcasing of moves. You can keep up with her at http://www.facebook.com/michellecanadacircus.
  • Matthew Sosticky has been performing with various props for over 8 years including poi, double staves, contact staff, and whatever else he can get his hands on. He specializes in geometric shapes and flowery mandalas. He instructs and performs regularly at many venues across States. Not only is he an active performer and instructor, he also helps to organize FLAME festival in Georgia and meetups and workshops in his local community.
  • Born in Israel in 1991, Asaf started juggling in 2003, and juggling quickly became both his addiction and passion. Asaf first became known for his research with contact poi, applying ideas from juggling into his spinning, and has taught and performed in festivals like Firedrums, Kinetic Fire, Kiev Fire Fest, and many juggling conventions in Europe. He is currently working intensively on club manipulation, and is in the Lille circus school in northern France. In his shows he blends juggling and manipulation with hip hop, contemporary dance, and theater, to create his own visual, movement-based juggling style.
  • Hannah from Indigo Odyssey. I’m a hulahoop teacher and performer spinning to you all the way from Sydney, Australia. After 12 months of aerials training, mainly tissu/silks, I first picked up spinnings arts on Christmas day 2013, when my neighbor lovingly gifted me a hulahoop because I like circus stuff and hoops are circus-y, right?

    Another 12 months later, I am learning and teaching three props, hoops, poi and Dragonstaff and holding workshops and classes of all skill levels across Sydney and surrounding areas. Although I am still a flow baby as some like to say, I am an active participant in spinning festivals and jams here in Australia.

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About the Author:

Poppe hails from Bloomington, IN where she is an active member in the flow arts community through helping to organize local events, choreograph routines, perform, teach, and mentor. When she isn't spinning a prop or doing acrobatics, she does web design and development, social media, and content strategy. She hopes to use these skills to help elevate flow artists, the community, and the craft.

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