I began playing with poi on a whim during college in Boston and immediately fell in love with how the art form allows the performer to utilize grace, power and technical skill in movement. However, it wasn’t until nearly a decade later that I moved to Chicago, discovered the Chicago firespinning community and became part of a supportive network of performers in which I finally found the opportunity to learn fire spinning. I haven’t looked back since.
Since lighting up my first set of fire poi, my repertoire has quickly expanded to include a variety of tools, including poi, staff, fans and sword. I’m a regular performer and spend a decade as a community/event organizer within the Chicago fire performance community, serving as Board Member and Communications Manager for the Chicago Full Moon Jams for several years. I have collaborated with several performers and troupes, including Raks Geek and Pyrotechniq. Although fire is my primary medium, I also spin with non-burning tools, including flags, comet-tail poi and both LED poi and staff. I’ve performed at a wide range of events, including the annual Northalsted Street Halloween parade in Chicago, the Chicago Freakeasy, Resonate, charity fundraisers, entertainment venues, weddings and other private events.
I am insured as a fire performer through Specialty Insurance and consider it a pleasure and a privilege to share the art of fire performance anytime, anywhere. As I work primarily with the Raks Geek/Raks Inferno troupe, for any booking inquiries, please contact Raks Geek (specializing in pop culture/cosplay performances) or Raks Inferno (for general performances).