Join Jen, ex Cirque du Soleil Fire Dancer & Coach Srikanta Barefoot & Poi Pioneer Vojta for a weekend of instruction in poi and staff.

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).

Watch the Workshop Trailer:

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 15 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, she brings 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 an annual fire staff retreat in Stromboli!  In 2012 Srikanta released an Instructional Video Series called Dancing with the Fire Staff:

Click here for more info & to purchase.

Staff Workshops include:

  • 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

Poi with Vojta

Vojta is a Czech poi pioneer who excels at combining poi tech tricks with dance.  With a style all his own, he has invented some innovative new poi techniques (for example, traced pirouettes variations).

Vojta has shared his poi enthusiasm far and wide and taught more than a hundred workshops worldwide. In addition, he’s filmed many inspirational poi videos, including the world’s most watched poi video “The Future Is Now”. Check out Vojta’s videos and personal website to learn more about this young, talented Artist.

A message from Srikanta:

I’m so happy to be hosting Vojta to teach poi because for me, he represents the future of dance-based fire poi.  His command over technical poi moves is commendable, and the fact that he combines this with full body movement and dance puts him in a league of his own.  It also means that as an instructor, he has a lot to offer, from super techy moves to jumps, turns, etc.  For these reasons I recommend anyone interested in expanding their understanding with poi to learn from this unique Artist.  

Poi Workshops Include:

– Coordination and hand independence (+ mastering the basics, to be able to spin without limits)
– Plane changes > contrasting moves
– Footwork (+ learning to keep our planes straight when turning)
– Pirouettes – from basic up to advanced tracing pirouettes
and more if there is time!

Paris Workshop Info:

The dates are confirmed!  January 23 & 24

Saturday 23.o1.2016:
Poi 1A w/ Vojta: 13:30-15:30 (GROUP 1) & 15:45-17:45 (GROUP 2)
Staff 1A w/ Srikanta & Jen:  13:30-15:30 (GROUP 2) & 15:45-17:45 (GROUP 1)

Sunday 24.01.2016:
Poi 1B w/ Vojta: 13:30-15:30 (GROUP 1) & 15:45-17:45 (GROUP 2)
Staff 1B w/ Srikanta & Jen:  13:30-15:30 (GROUP 2) & 15:45-17:45 (GROUP 1)

*We will be splitting the workshops into two groups and teaching the same workshop twice each day.  Please let us know if you have a timing/ GROUP preference when registering.

**Sundays Workshop content will build upon Saturday’s content.  Consider joining us for both days!

Meeting Point:

100 Rue Benoit Malon

94270 Le Kremlin Bicetre

*We will meet at the bus stop on the corner & walk 1 minute to the studio.

**Please arrive on time at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to start time


1 Workshop: 25EU/person
2 Workshops: 40EU/person
3 Workshops: 60EU/person
4 Workshops: 70EU/person

Private Instruction

Jen & Srikanta are also available for private one-on-one or small group instruction in Paris year round.
Private Instruction may include:

  • poi, partner poi
  • staff, partner staff, double staff
  • sword, double sword
  • choreography & stage presence
  • building or fine-tuning an act

For more info or to book, please contact us


Please complete the Workshop Application Form.
After clicking on “submit”, you will be led to the workshop payment page where you will be asked to pay a non-refundable 25eu deposit to 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.

Prerequisites for both Staff & Poi Workshops

All Workshops are Intermediate Level. Please watch Srikanta’s Fire Dance Workshop Prerequisite Videos for the poi and staff before enrolling to verify that you are properly prepared for the workshop. Those who are already familiar with the patterns covered in the videos will benefit most. Those who are unfamiliar are welcome to attend so long as they are up for a high level of challenge and accept that the class may move at a fast pace.

Notable Past Fusion Arts Workshops:

  • Berlin GERMANY
  • Vienna AUSTRIA
  • Paris FRANCE
  • Haridwar INDIA
  • Vancouver CANADA
  • Toronto CANADA
  • Montreal CANADA
  • Los Angeles USA
  • Santa Cruz USA
  • San Francisco USA
  • Portland USA
  • Seattle USA

Can’t make it/ Can’t get enough?

Consider joining us in Italy this Summer for a full immersion in dance-based fire dance. We’ll be doing 2 full weeks of daily poi and staff classes, nightly fire jams, adventure expeditions and more on the Volcanic Island of Stromboli: July 17-30 2016. Go to the Stromboli Fire Dance Retreat Page for videos, photos and more info.

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