Fire Dancing in Fiji

During our brief visit to Fiji, we were lucky enough to watch some spectacular cultural dance shows put on by the uber talented staff on the island where we were staying – Robinson Crusoe Island.

Song and dance is incredibly important to Fijian culture and we got to watch various dances performed by both men and women wearing traditional dress.

My favourite of all the dances was the fire dancing. We watched the dancers spin sticks of fire, throwing them up into the air and catching them again.

Fijian Fire Dancer on Robinson Crusoe Island

Fijian dancers form a human pyramid while spinning fire

They formed a human pyramid all the while spinning these batons of fire. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it made me a tad nervous and yet completely captivated.

We didn’t capture the best shots ever on our compact cameras but we did manage to get some with burning streaks of light swirling through them.

Swirls of light caught from Fijian dancers spinning fire batons

Streaks of light, swirls of fire - fire dancing in Fiji

But the best was yet to come…

The dance crew all moved from their sandy stageĀ and into the sea where they continued their spellbinding juggling performance… and then one of the male dancers emerged out of the sea – still twirling fire – hovering on a hydro-powered jetpack / jetblade! A jetblade is basically like a jetpack for your feet, pushing you up into the air through the power of water.

Let me tell you, you just haven’t lived until you’ve seen someone spin fire while flying around on a water-powered jet pack!

Of course, photos wouldn’t do this justice, so here is a little video for you…

This post was inspired by the wordpress weekly photo challenge theme – dance.

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