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The real story behind playing with fire

Apr 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Picture story

EVERY week a secret community gathers with litres of fuel to set things on fire and dance through the night.

The Wellington Fire Twirlers group meets in Frank Kitts Park each Tuesday night – weather permitting – to “spin” fire, and teach and learn from one another.

“It’s a beautiful form of expression – the fire, the music and the dancing, it’s just sort of freeing,” says fire dancer Emma Necus.

The group seems to be rather unknown to a majority of Wellington. During a discussion, many of the group agreed it was kind of like a secret community.

They said a lot of people don’t realise the group is there until they physically come across it one Tuesday night, or discover the group on Facebook or Google.

“We don’t really do it for money – we’re not buskers – we do it because we enjoy it,” says Necus.

However, the group are sometimes hired for shows, ranging from performing at a fair to a nightclub, to fire festivals.

The group has special council permission to meet in the park each week, and they welcome spectators and fire enthusiasts with open arms.

The group is extremely friendly, and its members are willing to teach newcomers the ropes and talk with those who are interested in learning the art.

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