Join Srikanta, Jen & Laura for staff, hula-hoop & poi spinning workshops in Montpellier. These two-hour workshops are open to all levels of dancers/ spinners. We’ll be offering a varied curriculum with options for beginner to advanced.

Watch the Poi & Staff Workshop Trailer:

Poi & Staff with Jen & Srikanta

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 20 years of experience fire dancing including his position of Fire Dancing Coach and Lead Fire Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil.

Jen has been teaching & performing alongside Srikanta since 2010.  As a trained ballerina & contemporary dancer she brings a unique dance-based perspective to the artform.

Together, the couple combine fire dance technique with martial arts, acrobatics & dance to create dynamic fire shows. Likewise, they teach their students to incorporate full-body movement, stage presence, dance & even acrobatics into their performances.

Srikanta has taught poi & staff workshops at locations worldwide since 2003 and with Jen since 2011.  Fusion Arts offers Week-long Fire Dance Retreats in Bali, France & Spain!  In 2012 Srikanta released an Instructional Video Series called Dancing with the Fire Staff:

Click here for more info & to purchase.

About the Poi & Staff Workshops

Srikanta & Jen’s poi & staff workshops go far beyond teaching poi & staff technique.  The technique they teach is called dance-based fire dance & focuses on creating graceful & fluid movements not only with the poi & staff but with the entire body.   
All levels are welcome AND if you’ve already got the basics under your belt, you will definitely get more out of the workshops. 
During a 2 hour one-off workshop like this one, the curriculum will be determined by the proficiency & interests of the group.  Generally we will focus on:
  • Warm up & Review of Basic and Intermediate Patterns
  • Technique: Learning new patterns & tricks
  • Fluidity & Dance: Transitions, combining movements to make sequences or choreography
  • Floor Portion: Full body movement, dance & acrobatics

Hula Hoop with Laura

Laura is a passionate and dedicated artist with multiple skills & has performed for several well-known international companies such as Cirque Eloize and Magma Fire theater.  She combines the fire arts, contemporary circus & dance to create elegant and graceful performances. She has 5 years of intensive circus training at the Quebec Circus School (Canada) & 2 years experience as a social circus coach for the Cirque du Soleil, where she developed her teaching and physical movement techniques.

Certified to teach circus in France since 2009, Laura has gone on to teach fire dancing, circus and more particularly hula hoop around the globe, from Montreal in Canada to Gili Air in Indonesia. Drawing upon her diverse experience as a multi-disciplinary circus artist & teacher, Laura has developed original hula hoop techniques & a curriculum which combines dance, juggling and acrobatics.

About the Hula Hoop Workshop:

Laura’s Hula Hoop Workshop will help you understanding the basics of circus hoops. During the workshop, you will learn to improve your ability to manipulate the hoops from your head to your toes, and control multiple hoops at once. This workshop will help you to develop the muscle memory needed for on body multi-hoop splits and to understand the techniques behind multi-hooping.
This workshop covers a wide range of hula hoop moves, multi-hoop skills, on body multiple hooping, on arm multiple hooping as well as multi-hoop poses.


*As pace is limited its best to register early to be assured a spot.
Please complete the Workshop application form on your left.
After clicking on “submit”, you will be led to the workshop payment page where we ask that you pay a 20eu deposit to complete your reservation.  The remaining balance is due in cash at the start of each workshop (please arrive 15 minutes in advance to complete registration).  
Once we receive your application 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.

Montpellier Workshop Info:

Saturday November 23 2019
*Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration & payment
14h-16h Hula Hoop
16h15-18h15 Poi
18h30-20h30 Staff
30 euros for one 2-hours workshop
50 euros for two 2-hours workshops
70 euros for three 2-hours workshops
*15% reduction for Zepetra adherent
Workshop Location
153 Rue Alphonse Beau de Rochas
34170 Castelnau-le-Lez, France

Can’t make it/ Can’t get enough?

Consider joining us in Sommieres from May 17-23 for a special week-long poi, staff & hula hoop retreat designed to assist artists with creating their own fire dance or light dance acts.. Included are poi, staff & hoop workshops, assisted creation time with seasoned pros and a video shoot so that students leave with images with which to sell their new or perfected show.  In 2020 we’ll also be teaching poi & staff retreats with Vojta in Bali & Spain.  Join us!

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