You Are spHERE October 2014 Newsletter In this edition: "SPARK: A Burning Man Story" Film Premiere in Wisconsin Beginner Poi and Staff Classes All

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You Are spHERE October 2014 Newsletter

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In this edition:

"SPARK: A Burning Man Story" Film Premiere in Wisconsin

Beginner Poi and Staff Classes All Winter Long

Free Flow Jam Every Sunday Night

Intermediate, Advanced, Teen, Adult Poi Classes

Flame Fatales and Brew City Fire Brigade Performances

Burning Man Film Premiere In Wisconsin

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SPARK: A Burning Man Story is coming to Milwaukee this Thursday night! This is isn’t exactly poi news, you might be saying to yourself – but it is!!! Okay, indirectly. Burning Man is the place where I first discovered poi and fell in love with it. It’s the place where the world’s best poi spinners show off their skills in front of an audience of 60,000 people. I’ve performed 4 times on that magnificent stage in front of that crowd, and it was a joy and an honor for me. So naturally I want all poi spinners to experience that wonderment for themselves! So if you’ve ever wondered what Burning Man was like, or wanted to go but just couldn’t get yourself there, then at least come see this movie. Seeing it on the big screen is better than watching this film on Netflix or HBO; it will give you a better sense of the vastness and greatness of the Burn. So come on out if you’re curious about Burning Man, and if you’re already a Burner, then wear a Playa costume and show up to share your stories.

Marcus Southgate Cinema
3330 S 30th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
8:30 p.m.
Advance tickets online only, $13.50


Beginner Poi and Staff Classes All Winter Long

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Two locations will be hosting the high quality Temple of Poi Beginner Poi curriculum this winter: Brinton Rec Center and The BurningSNOW Center. However, you get an extra class if you sign up for BurningSNOW lessons – Staff will be taught, too! After six weeks you will know how to do corkscrews, pinwheels, butterflies, sweeps, and weaves with Poi, and rotors, closed grip moves, figure '8', variations of figure '8', throws and catches with Staff. I provide the poi, but you provide the staff. Poi is available to purchase for $10-$20 per set. Classes are 90 minutes, half poi, half staff. Class size is limited so reserve your spot now, and you can take the whole series or come when you can. It’s cheaper if you sign up for 6 classes, but the series will keep repeating all winter long, except over the holidays, so don't worry about missing classes, you can always make them up. PayPal $90 for 6 classes to OR $20 cash per class on a drop-in basis. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Institute For Thought.

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Brinton Community Center
2555 S. Bay St.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
November 3 – December 8, 2014
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Resident $21.00, Non-Residents $31.50

Combo Poi & Staff
BurningSNOW Center
2578 N. Weil St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
November 2, 2014 –February 8, 2015
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
$90 for 6 classes, or Drop In rate $20 per class


Free Flow Jam Every Sunday Night

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Right after the Combo Poi & Staff Class ends at 6:00 p.m. each Sunday evening, the free and open-to-the-public Flow Jam will commence! Bring any flow tool you want, bring your own music if you want, and get your flow going. Jam will be from 6:00 p.m. to around 8:30 p.m. (except on November 16 and January 18). Donations are welcome and will benefit the non-profit Institute For Thought, which runs the BurningSNOW Center.


Intermediate, Advanced, Teen, Adult Poi Classes

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Lots of Poi classes will be offered in the upcoming months, here in Milwaukee and also in Whitefish Bay! Their Rec Department has contacted me about teaching Poi in their district, so those will start up in the summer of 2015. In the meantime, the Milwaukee Rec Department should be offering Teen and Adult Poi classes in their Winter catalog. Teen Poi is for middle and high school kids. Adult Poi is mostly for older adults who want to sharpen their mental as well as physical skills. Details on dates/times TBA.


Flame Fatales and Brew City Fire Brigade Performances

Both of these amazing fire troupes, the Flame Fatales, and The Brew City Fire Brigade, will be performing at Halloween events this weekend, so catch them if you can!

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Flame Fatales
Pumpkin Pavilion
Friday and Saturday, October 17-18
8:00 p.m.
Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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Brew City Fire Brigade
Haunted Woods
Every Friday and Saturday in October
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
6831 Big Bend Rd. Hwy, 164
Waterford, WI

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If you've got any questions or just want more info, contact me at

Related Links:
Wisconsin Regional Contact for Burning Man
Wisconsin Burners
Temple of Poi

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