Topics:  fire dancers, ipswich, queens park

Fire dancers light up the night

Geornette James (front), Andrew Gotts and Vanessa Thomas are members of Anam Aed (Soulfire), a group that rehearses in Queens Park, Ipswich.
Geornette James (front), Andrew Gotts and Vanessa Thomas are members of Anam Aed (Soulfire), a group that rehearses in Queens Park, Ipswich. Sarah Harvey

FIRE dancers from around Ipswich have come together to light up Queens Park for the local community.

The response to dancer Geornette James' call to fellow fire twirlers to join Ipswich's Anam Aed dancing group was so great the park now hosts a full troupe of the daring performers for weekly rehearsals.

"We rehearse every Monday night and every second Sunday night from about 5.30pm in the park," Ms James said.

"We also perform every Sunday when it's a full moon.

"The meetings are all open to the public to watch and enjoy.

"We felt the community spirit was running a bit low and wanted to give something back that people can enjoy of a night-time."

The group is made up of two full-time dancers and four part-time performers, who take up blazing poi, staffs and fiery hoops.

Ms James said group members were learning new skills and tricks, and perfecting group routines.

She said she had been inspired to take up the fire hoop, and fellow full-time dancer Andrew Gotts had helped the group to focus on combat. "We're doing combat as well as contact spars using staffs and spears, which is great to watch," she said.

Ms James said the group wanted to take its routine on the road, particularly to remote communities.

To find out more, visit the events section of ipswich.qld.gov.au, or search for Anam Aed on Facebook.



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