Isa “GlitterGirl” Isaacs
Isa GlitterGirl Isaacs is the founder of the world’s first brick and mortar poi fire dancing school, Temple of Poi, established in 2002 in San Francisco, CA. She founded the school and community in a dedicated effort to empower artists to gain greater facility to access flow through increased body awareness and developing increased unconscious competence in their practice.
In support of the art of fire dancing, she established an ongoing relationship with the fire department and through her efforts, bolstered the largest, unofficially sanctioned fire renegade practice hosted over the decades in various locations in the city, meeting about once every 6 weeks for the better part of 10 years until the covid-19 closures. These Fire, Fotos, Footage & Fun jams primarily gathered regional artists from Fresno to Ukiah and everywhere in between with Bay Area photographers to create astounding fire photography and performance awesomeness to the delight of participants and onlookers alike.
In a deeper effort to educate the public and legitimize an art form often seen as a side show act or fringe art, GlitterGirl envisioned and produced 15 shows in the heart of San Francisco, including the Temple of Poi sponsored annual Fire Dancing Exposition in Union Square. This event was selected as a cornerstone event by Bay Area National Dance Week for 2007-2010 as well as working with Jewels In the Square from 2010-2014, boasting a blockbuster lineup of artists from around the US and world and entertaining ~3,500 audience members.
In addition to the nearly 8,000 person global client base, private coaching and over 40 different poi classes, Temple of Poi emerged as a popular dance studio early on in San Francisco. In 2006 and 2007 Temple of Poi won Best of the Bay awards for “Best Dance Studio” following their 2005 win for “Best Place to Learn How to Fire Dance Before Burning Man.”
When she isn’t teaching poi, she can be found engaging in one of her favorite pastimes as an edutainer, entrepreneur, writer, fire dancer, artist, performer, flowosopher, makeup artist, choreographer, producer, costume designer & empowerment agent!