To my friends and family in the South Florida firedancing community,
First, let me express my deepest thanks. Phoenix – A Firedancing Fundraiser, was a smashing success, the donation total is now over $1,200 and counting. But more than that, I want to thank each and every one of you for putting aside just about everything you had going on in your work, family, and personal lives to help a fallen brother get back up. We came together and gave of ourselves without judgment, and for that, I am forever grateful.
We also put on a HELL of a fire show. I don’t know if you saw the show I saw, but the only thing more eyegasmic than watching each of you showcase your love of the fire arts was watching you all do it together.
Many of you have a million questions about the first Phoenix, mostly because some of you hope to host gatherings like this in the future (awesome!!!). I am writing, as we speak, the follow up journalism entry on Phoenix. When complete, it will be published on Firepedia.com. Much like the blog I’ve recently completed on FP called “Thy Mighty Staff,” (part #3 is live) this will detail virtually everything about the organization and management of Phoenix.
I’ve spoken with Kevin and Jimi from Spin-ballS and consulted with other friends and colleagues in the fire community and we are very excited to announce that Phoenix – a Firedancing Fundraiser, will become a quarterly public fire arts event which will, over time, proudly develop:
• a cutting-edge fueling system suitable for up to 200 dancers
• More entertainment scouts, we had 3 in the audience that I recognized but I have a plan to get all of them there at the same time.
• Intense planning.
• More Sponsors; mainstream sponsors.
• Product tie-ins (a kind of sponsorship)
• An advertising campaign.
• A quality PR machine that will bring fire arts to the TV screens of all South Floridians.
• A global webcast
It will – with much work, passion, and focus – truly rise to be a major South Florida Happening.
There’s more. Every non-Phoenix month at Young Circle, Spin-ballS and I will host a spinjam from 12:00 noon until 11:00 pm that turns into a firejam after the sun goes down. Second Sundays are the suggested days, subject to change. These fire arts gatherings are just for us, but we’ll also make it a point to spin some Spin-ballS and demo them for passers-by that take an interest in our spinning. Cool, because we get to make new spinners and help a local vendor and friend grow their business by simply doing what we love – spinning stuff!
Young Circle is a real Godsend to the South Florida fire arts and spinning community. To say nothing of the killer state of the art dance studio we can use on-property to host guest instructors from places like Groovolution and others, the park has allowed us – thanks to the relationship, park permits, and insurance with Spin-ballS – to give South Florida’s fire artists their first ever public, live, and totally legal firedancing pitch.
The next fire spinjam at Young Circle is Sunday, 7/17, we’ll follow up with more details soon. Thanks again, I love each and every one of you, and stay tuned fo mo fi-ya!
~Julian “Cleric” Campolo
Fire By The Palm Productions