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July 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

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Learning to dance with fire


ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Vivian Chen of Seattle tries her hand at spinning a staff and dancing with fire. In the background is Rob Bradstreet, also of Seattle. Combustible Materials hosts introductory fire dancing classes for curious flame throwers with little or no background with the art. The class familiarizes students with the terminology, tools, and basic skills needed for the dance. The instructors are currently collaborating on a fire show for the regional burning man event, Critical Massive. They are also available to host private fire performances, classes, and parties. Classes are held at Hazard Factory, located at 721 South Chicago Street, Seattle. For more information, send them a message at firedancingclasses@gmail.com

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AARON LAVINSKY / THE SEATTLE TIMES

While fire dancing might seem dangerous, a Seattle-based company called Combustible Materials is trying to make playing with fire safe and accessible to the public. Combustible Materials holds classes to teach safety with entry-level fire dancing.

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