C+D: My Art

Happy Friday! Figured I’d share my art with readers today! Some of this is in progress and some of it is finished! Let me know what you think! A few of these paintings were done as live paintings at shows. An art easel, acrylic paints, a light, and earplugs are some good things to have when doing live paintings.

I’ve been thinking about the main goal of this site (To support Nightlife, Performance, and the Burner Cultures), and how some of the posts here can be getting a bit off topic. Starting next week, the posts will be more focused and targeted, highlighting different nightlife and performance aspects. Burning Man articles will still run at least once a week. Remember to like this site on Facebook and Twitter to get regular updates. If you would like to suggest a topic, please email me at¬†CapacityandDesire@gmail.com.

C+D: Dancing and Fitness

Being a dancer involves constantly pushing your body to new and greater limits. I’m always working out, stretching, training, and exploring new movements. The more I push myself, the better life feels.

I’ve finally reached the point in my dancing career that I’m good enough to get paid. This, while wonderful, is pushing me to get into better physical condition. Carrying any extra weight is causing me to second guess myself in some visual areas. To combat this, I’m stepping up the workout routines and jumping into yoga.

Working out feels natural and Yoga is kicking my butt. I’m thinking of pushing it up to 5 days a week with workouts, and 3 to 4 days a week with Yoga. Eating healthy is going to be somewhat of a chore. I definitely don’t want to overdo it.

Are there any readers out there who also perform/dance? What do you do to stay in shape?

Here’s a video of a practice session I did about a month ago. I definitely need to work on my lower body movement and my legs.

This One Time, At Burning Man: Ambassador’s Hat

This is the second installment of a weekly article on the Burner (Burning Man) culture, current events, and stories.

Burners At PlayEveryone has stories from the Playa. One week spent in the Black Rock desert leads to a lifetime of stories. When Burners get home, they can’t help but talk about and discuss their experiences at Burning Man. This post is the first audio post in an ongoing series titled This One Time, At Burning Man.

This One Time, At Burning Man will be a collection of written, audio, and video stories told by Burners from around the world.

This week’s story comes to us from a Burner named Ambassador. It’s a story about a hat, how Ambassador got his Burner name (Burning Man 2009), and some of the strange things that can happen on the Playa. Ambassador’s Hat was recorded at the Fusion Factory in Denver on a Monday night potluck gathering.

(Caution: Has some NSFW language)

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Fire Dancing: My Story

Recently, I seem to have developed an interesting relationship with fire. Normally, as with most people, this would constitute lighting small fires, working with new tools in the woods to start fires, and reading by candlelight. With me, my new found interest has resulted in setting myself on fire and finding it great.

How did this come about? What strange reasoning could I possibly be using? Is there a reason for this? Yes. Actually, this all stems from my lack of fear for fire.

Fire Sword DancingI visited Black Rock City for the first time in September, 2009. While there, I saw a culture that welcomed the flame. Thousands of fire spinners converge on the Burn every year and thousands of fire toys are lit up at all times throughout the visually stunning night. It’s a wonderful sight. After being enchanted by it, I wanted in.

June of 2010 I met a girl fire dancer who inspired me to become a fire performer. I got comfortable being around fire by becoming a Safety for one of the organized fire dancing groups in Denver. Being a Safety in this group had me sitting right in the center of 50+ fire dancers while they lit up and saw how close they could get to me. After the first few times of being a Safety, I learned to trust the art of fire dancing and the people who practice it.

3 weeks of practice led me to lighting my poi up for the first time on July 31st. I didn’t burn myself or singe any hair, which for a first time fire dancer, is pretty good. With practice, I became better and more comfortable playing with my new hobby.

During this time, I was surrounded by other fire spinners who burn themselves by accident a lot. My good friend Moloch is a walking billboard of how not to fire spin (seriously, the amount of scars on this kid are impressive). I would watch my friends singe themselves and get burned on a nightly basis. Burn cream is an essential that everyone carries. Everyone has little nics and scars from fire dancing. Everyone but me.

I’ve never burned myself. I have set myself on fire, at first by accident, then later slightly on purpose. Through all of these times I’ve never been burned. This has led to several incidents of me torching myself and continuing to dance through the flames.

I am now both a Fire Sword Dancer and a Fire Poi spinner. I am using this talent to perform and entertain at shows, venues, and festivals around the country (and soon, around the world). Check out the video below to see some of my fire sword dancing. I’ll be sure to post here about upcoming shows, performances, and festivals where I will be fire dancing.