Join a fun and diverse group for daily staff classes, theatrical games, fire jams and more with Jen & ex Cirque du Soleil Fire Dancer & Coach, Srikanta Barefoot. This Summer’s week-long Retreat on the island of Stromboli combines a full immersion in dance-based fire dance with pristine nature and adventure expeditions.

Fire Staff Retreat with Srikanta & Jen: July 24-30 2016 (Italy)

Discover Stromboli!

Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy.  Learn More


“It was great fun.  Best holiday ever!”
Matt (Stromboli – 2015)

“Thank you for a great event and all your energy you spent in my improving.  I enjoyed every single minute and wish I could stay much longer.”
Suzanna (Stromboli – 2015)

“I went last year and this was such an amazing time! Be prepared to work hard and learn tons! Srikanta is a fantastic teacher!”
Jennifer  (Costa Rica – 2012)

About the Instructors

Srikanta was the first Contemporary Fire Dancer featured by the Cirque du Soleil (2007-2010), performing over 700 shows using fire poi, fire staff, double fire staff & double fire swords. He has 15 years of experience fire dancing including his position of Fire Dancing Coach and Lead Fire Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil

Jen has been an integral part of Srikanta’s teaching since 2011.  As a teacher with a background in classic dance, she continues to help create and refine both their dance-based style of fire dance and the way it’s taught.  The two combine poi & staff technique with martial arts, acrobatics & dance in their shows.  Likewise, Srikanta & Jen teach their students to incorporate full-body movement, stage presence, dance & acrobatics into their performance.

Srikanta has taught poi & staff workshops at locations worldwide since 2003 and has created an Instructional Video Series called Dancing with the Fire Staff.  Click here for more info & to purchase.

Who is welcome to attend?

Instruction is open to anyone who wants to do more than stand still and spin!

In addition to learning patterns in which the body is static (fire spinning), students will learn the patterns and techniques for turning, jumping, kicking, etc, in which the body is as implicated as the object (fire dancing).

The retreat is open to hobbyists as well as aspiring & semi-professionals.  This year we’ll be offering intermediate and advanced instruction.  There is info below regarding workshop content & pre-requisites.

Instruction is given in English.  Translation in French is available.



The accommodation which is provided as part of the retreat package is on a compound that includes several houses and apartments.  All participants will be required to share a room with 2-3 people per room (we’ll place you with someone of the same sex, if need be). If requested, we can place you in a room with a friend or in a house with several friends (up to 4).  No food is provided but there are kitchens.  Alternatively, you may choose to find your own accommodation on the island.

The retreat includes:

7 nights of accommodation at a private resort. The week will consist of a 90 minute staff workshop every morning and a 2 hour assisted play/ experiment/ jam time every evening, M-F. The evening playtime will consist of different activities from guided individual play & experimentation to group games and activities. Focus will be on incorporating the mornings’ technical knowledge into play & performance, experimenting with movement elements, theatrical presentation & stage presence. The second hour of the evening session falls at dusk and flows into an impromptu glow & fire jam. Students can continue experimenting & playing on their own with unlit props or show off their new moves on fire!

Also included is a volcano hike, a boat trip to the beautiful Stromboliccio (bring your snorkel!), a Saturday night fire show in which you can show off your new moves in front of a crowd (optional but great!), plus some built in down time to hit the beach. Meals are not included but villas have full kitchens.   Last year everyone pitched in to create potlucks at the shared accommodation! We’ll organise at least one BBQ with fresh local fish.

Classes will be held on a shaded, outdoor stage with an inspiring view of both the ocean and volcano.

Workshop Content & Prerequisites

We’re really excited about teaching this 2 level staff retreat for the first time as it will allow us to place Students in whichever workshop is best fit to their level.  Please do your best to understand the pre-requisites and to enrol in the level which best suits you.   If in the run up to the workshops you were unable to complete the pre-requisites or if your level changes, don’t worry!  Simply notify us and we’ll place you in the right group.  We are two instructors and keep the groups small enough to adjust the level of challenge individually.  

Staff Level 1:
Dancing with the Fire Staff 1

Prerequisites: (What you should already know) 

  • Vertical: Forwards Figure 8/ Backwards Figure 8/ Half Turns
  • Horizontal: Helicopter/ Around the Waist
  • Optional but Recommended Prep: Full Turns/ Hand Wrap

Level 1 Curriculum: (What you may learn)

  • Vertical:  Warrior 1/ Full Turns/ Buzz-saw/ Clock/ Behind-the-back Patterns (Clock Transitions)
  • Horizontal: H Clock/ H Clock Turning/ Slices/ Slice Turning
  • Contact: Hand Wrap/ Cont. 1 Hand Wrap/ Neck Wrap
  • More: Performance & Movement Concepts, Theatrical Games + more!

Recommended Preparation:  Chapters 1,2,3,5,6,8,9, 4*,14* of Srikanta’s Instructional Video Series Dancing with the Fire Staff

Staff Level 2:
Dancing with the Fire Staff 2

Prerequisites: (What you should already know)

  • Vertical:  Forwards F8/ Backwards F8/ Half Turns/ Full Turns/ Buzz-saw/ Clock/ Behind-the-back Patterns (Clock Transitions)
  • Horizontal:  Helicopter/ Around the Waist/ H Clock/ H Clock Turning/ Slices/ Slice Turning
  • Contact:  Hand Wrap/ Cont. 1 Hand Wrap/ Neck Wrap

Level 2 Curriculum: (What you may learn)

  • Vertical: Warriors 2, 3 & 4/ Barrel Jumps/ Cartwheels/ Under-the-leg patterns & kicks
  • Horizontal: Cont. Slice Turning/ Slice Assembly Patterns/ Cartwheels/ Butterfly Kick/ Jumps
  • Contact: Palm Spin/ Finger Wraps/ Locks/ Dovetail/ Vertical & Horizontal Steve/ Conveyor Belt/ Matrix/ Diagonal Slice Wraps
  • Tosses: Vertical: Underhand/ Overhand/Extended/Contact Horizontal: Helicopter Tosses, Wind-up Tosses
  • Beat Bending: Reel Navigation Patterns/ Anti-Spin Patterns/ Internal Plane Patterns/ Isolation Patterns/ Tracing Patterns
  • More: Double Staff Basics/ Performance & Movement Concepts/ Emphasis on Body Movement & Dance/ Theatrical Games + more!

Recommended Preparation:  Chapters 1-15 (all) of Srikanta’s Instructional Video Series Dancing with the Fire Staff


  • Combination & linking movements
  • Transitioning smoothly between patterns
  • Fluidity/ Grace/ Levels/ Rhythm/ Isolation
  • Contrast: Changing Rhythm & Speed
  • Stage Presence: Embodiment/ Owning & Filling the Space
  • Improvisation- Freedom of Movement/ Expression
  • Being grounded & carrying your weight
  • Momentum & using the force
  • Dynamic Fire Dance Choreography
  • Effective Implementation of Movement
  • Elements in Choreography & Performance
  • How to break things down/ teach yourself
  • Optimizing your practice

1 or 2 weeks?

Did you know that the amazing Vojta will be teaching a Fire Poi Retreat in the week preceding our Fire Staff Retreat?  As our favorite up and coming poi Artist, we strongly recommend his workshops.  He has a unique style which combines tech and dance.  So consider joining us for all 14 days and a full immersion in dance-based fire dance.  For more info on Vojta’s Fire Poi Retreat go here.

Need Help Planning?

Once we’ve received your registration form and payment, we’ll be sending you a Student Orientation Guide with a ton of practical information to help you plan well and get the most out of your experience.  There is a lot of essential info in this guide including tips on getting to and from Stromboli, event start and end times, what to pack, etc.

Private Instruction

Srikanta offers a special discounted rate for workshop participants interested in booking private one-on-one sessions. If you are interested in learning double staffs, swords, double swords or delving deeper into any aspect of the week’s poi/ staff instruction, please contact Srikanta in advance to book your private session. It’s best to plan these sessions for the days either preceding or following the retreat as the weekdays are packed with group activities.


Sunday July 24
8pm Student Orientation & Welcome!

Monday – Friday
8:30-10:00 am: Level 1 or Level 2 (alternating)
10:15 am-11:45 am: Level 1 or Level 2 (alternating)
11:45 am – 8:00 pm: Free Time + organised adventure expeditions*
8:00-10:00 pm: Assisted play & experimentation time; impromptu glow/ fire jam.
*In addition to this action-packed daily routine, the group sets out on volcano hikes, snorkeling, boat trips & more.

Saturday July 30
10-11:30 Morning Jam + Show Prep
9:30pm Fire Dance Show (Optional Public Performance) + Farewell

Program Start & End Times

The 2016 Poi Retreat runs from 8pm on Sunday July 17th to ~11pm on Saturday July 23th.
The 2016 Staff Retreat runs from 8pm on Sunday July 24th to 11pm on Saturday July 30th.


Early Bird: Register before April 15th 2016:
600eu (week 1 – Poi only)
700eu (week 2 – Staff only)
1250eu (week 1 & 2 – Poi & Staff)

Register after April 15th:
650eu (week 1 – Poi only)
800eu (week 2 – Staff only)
1350eu (week 1 & 2 – Poi & Staff)


Please complete the Workshop Application Form.
After clicking on “submit”, you will be led to the retreat payment page where you may pay the 200eu deposit and complete your reservation.
If submitted correctly, we will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours.
*Please read the Fusion Arts Payment and Cancellation Policy for all applications.
Please contact us with any questions or for more information.

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