Friday Photo: Torch dancing

As we strolled down the Wellington (NZ) waterfront area around the Frank Kitts park after we had a dinner with a couple of friends, we saw these two performers practicing torch dancing or “fire spinner”. They were moving fluidly, no movement was sharp. It was dark all around, you barely able to see themselves, but the torch’s fire was so yellow and bright. I was enchanted by the beauty of this whirling fire in the dark. This long-exposure picture captures my memory of that beautiful night. I’m easily enchanted by brightness in the dark night sky. From the stars, city lights, fireworks, camp fire, even candle lights. What about you? Related posts by others:

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10 Responses to “Friday Photo: Torch dancing”

  1. Mary R
    19 April 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Very cool. I love twinkling lights, lanterns, and candles too… I heard you can take lessons to become a fire dancer. Wouldn’t that be a great moonlighting job?
    .-= Mary R´s last blog ..Monkeys Observe Humans Inside Cages and Other Adventures… =-.

    • Dina
      20 April 2010 at 4:34 pm #

      Fire dance lessons sounds interesting! Maybe if I can fire-dance, I can make money performing on the streets :) Although probably due to my clumsiness level, people might sue me because I accidentally burn stuff around me?

  2. Michael
    20 April 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Poi, Crazy stuff isn’t it? I’d imagine they’ve burned themselves a few times while practicing. Ow!
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..Week in Pictures: Iceland’s Volcanic Ash and Thailand’s Protests =-.

    • Dina
      20 April 2010 at 4:39 pm #

      Heh, That’s what I imagine if I do that! You also have to trust the person that perform together with you. In this one, one of them actually dropped the torch several times :)

  3. Ashley
    22 April 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    When I was in Paris a few years ago, there were people doing this in front of Notre Dame. Lots of fun to watch, though one of them was obviously still learning and made me rather nervous.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Travel Memories Monday! =-.

    • Dina
      23 April 2010 at 2:02 am #

      Haha, one of this guy in the photo also dropped the torch, a lot! But they were doing so well when I took this photo. It must be great to see this with Notre Dame setting.

  4. Nora - The Professional Hobo
    26 April 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I love fire spinning, which I got into in Australia, and hope to enjoy the world round. I just found a fire-spinner here in New Zealand…hopefully we’ll be spinning in just a few days!
    http://theprofessionalhobo.com/2009/11/fire-spinning/

    • Dina
      26 April 2010 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Nora, I just checked your article, so cool!! You are lucky you can fire dance. Next time I see fire dancers, I will ask them maybe they can teach me :) Hopefully you will be fire dancing soon! What’s NZ city you are in right now?

      Btw, I’m adding a link to your story in my article under section called “Related Posts by Others“. It’s my new program, displaying related posts by other travelers, to see what other traveler’s take on it.

  5. Kathryn
    20 September 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Aw I remember those nights. Nice photo, wish I could tell who it was though, because I definitely know them :P

    • Dina
      21 September 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Aww! You were there? I wish I had their clear head shot, but it was so dark and I don’t want to ruin their practice with flash!

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