Raf – Firestorm

If you spin fire by night, what do you do during the day?
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What drew you to the art of fire dancing?
My friends did it, why couldn’t I? Plus, it looked like fun and I liked how creative I could be by simply moving. Each movement is a reflection of my inner self whether slow, calm and gentle, or harsh, brash and dangerous.

At what point in your life did you decide that playing with fire was a good idea?
I learned to spin poi in Australia in 2005. At the time, I was hopeless and didn’t think I’d ever be any good at it. As soon as I returned to Dubai in 2006, I ended up doing it for fun. Practicing everyday wasn’t my thing, though I do envy people who love it so much that they spin everyday, with a big grin on their face. I don’t know anyone who spins with such a big grin except for a Japanese spinner, Shion, who introduced me to poi/staff/double staff in Brisbane.

What is your happiest or scariest moment of fire dancing?
Happiest with fire? Fire is not my thing, It’s too flashy for me, I like the movement and dance I make; when I feel like I danced to how I feel is when I’m happiest. Scariest is how my dance style always has a raging ball of fire right in front of my face.

Most memorable fire show?
The first time that I spun on the rooftop at Chi@Lodge.

How do you spend your time when not playing with fire?
Be watching anime, playing horrendous amounts of videogames, drawing, collecting art, listening to music, chilling, watching movies, the usual.

Tools of the trade?
Tools of the trade include double staffs, poi and I’m a glow stick dancer. At parties people nicknamed me “Glow”.

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