FireLily Dance is an online studio where you can learn fire dancing, flow arts and fusion belly dance anywhere at anytime. Classes include detailed breakdowns, drills, combos, and flows to music. Our unique follow–along format helps you to find your flow – no matter what stage of your movement journey you’re in!
FireLily Dance believes in cultivating a global community of artists, with classes accessible anywhere, and strives to help students connect more deeply with their minds and bodies. We aim to foster in students an understanding that they are ‘enough’, in a world that can sometimes make us feel otherwise.
What exactly is flow arts?
‘Flow arts’ is an umbrella term for the many different kinds of prop manipulation – fire fans, silk fans, poi, juggling and hula hooping are just a handful of examples. FireLily Dance specialises in the intersection between flow arts and fusion belly dance, creating a unique style that you can now learn from the comfort of your living room!
Flow arts and dance are an excellent way to keep fit while having fun, improving our endurance, posture and general physical wellbeing. In prop manipulation, we often work the muscles in our upper body (especially our arms and shoulders). Combined with the muscles used when training dance, your body can get quite the workout!
Mental Health + Flow States
It is common to hear flow artists speak of how their practice has benefited their mental health. This may be because flow arts and dance are activities that generate ‘flow states’, sometimes referred to as being ‘in the zone’. According to positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow states have the potential to enhance the quality of life, making it more rich, intense and meaningful.
The concept of flow, coined by Csikszentmihalyi, occurs when you become so immersed in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. You feel ‘a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished’. There is no attention left to worry about problems, and self-consciousness disappears. Afterwards, one is ‘enriched by new skills and fresh achievements’.
Self-expression through movement can be incredibly empowering. Whether it’s a cathartic release of strong emotions, without a care for what this looks like, or the simple beauty of achieving a certain aesthetic – art can greatly enrich the life of anyone who takes the time to pursue it.
There is nothing quite like losing oneself in the moment and becoming completely immersed in your art, so for that brief time you are away from any anxieties or stresses in life – it’s just you. And that’s enough.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Flow: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness (Rider, 2002)
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FireLily Dance gives you the technique and stylisation tools to find your own flow, and express YOU. Whether you’ve taken martial arts classes since you were a kid, or you’ve never taken a single dance class in your life, FireLily Dance believes the fusion of flow arts and dance creates rewarding opportunities for self-expression – and it’s never too late to start!