VestaFire presentation on 2012SparkCircus Tour!

Circus entertainers brighten lives of refugee children

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VestaFire Entertainment has been delighting Vancouver Island audiences with striking circus performances since the group formed two years ago.

Brilliant fire displays, beautiful costumes, stilt-walking dancers and feats of juggling with multi-coloured hoops have attracted rave reviews.

But there’s more to VestaFire than just entertainment, as founder Karina Strong showed last year when she spent two months in Thailand as part of Spark Circus.

This international group of circus performers comes together to bring joy to disadvantaged children in refugee camps, migrant schools, hospitals and orphanages along the Burmese border.

What made the trip even more special was that Strong was joined by her husband Kevin, and children Jenna, eight, who also performed, and Caden, three.

On Jan. 13, the Strongs will share their stories of this mission and the impact it had on their family in a multi-media presentation at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

The presentation is part of the regular Sunday service beginning at 11 a.m. in the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. All are welcome.

“It was an amazing trip, full of challenges, but also so incredible, with so many memories,” said Karina. “We had so many touching exchanges with children. Our being there let them know they have worth, and that their happiness is important.”

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Fire charming group brings show to Parksville

http://www2.canada.com/oceansidestar/news/story.html?id=cac4de1c-b5ed-4311-a623-2ea326db0cc1

VestaFire Entertainment will be putting on a night show by the gazebo in the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, August 4th. The group specializes in acrobatic fire spinning.

VestaFire Entertainment will be putting on a night show by the gazebo in the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, August 4th. The group specializes in acrobatic fire spinning.

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Stewart Burnett, Oceanside Star

Published: Thursday, August 02, 2012

After a well-attended Community Park performance last week, VestaFire Entertainment is preparing for a bigger show in Parksville this Saturday.

Founded in 2010, the circus arts company travels the island doing choreographed fire-charming, dance and theatre shows.

Karina Strong, performer and founder of the group, began as a social worker and started VestaFire as a way to share joy, hope and the importance of play with this “sometimes crazy” world, she said.

“I think of what we do as therapeutic recreation,” said Strong.

The group practises extensively and also attends regular spinning and juggling conventions. Continue reading

Article in Parksville/Qualicum News! :)

http://www.pqbnews.com/entertainment/164338956.html

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Stilt walking is just one of the skills to be on display with this colourful cast of characters.

Express your inner clown

By Lissa Alexander – Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: July 31, 2012 8:00 AM

Bring the whole family down to Parksville Beach this Saturday and enjoy a treasure hunt that comes complete with pirates, fire, jugglers and stilt walkers.

That’s because VestaFire Entertainment from Nanaimo will be hosting the event, specializing in fire and LED shows.  The entertainers also play with poi (swinging tethered weights in a variety of patterns), stilts, hoops and other props.

Founder and Troup co-ordinator Karina Strong recently travelled with Spark Circus to the Burma/Thailand border teaching circus and performance at Burmese orphanages, migrant schools and refuge camps. She took her family with her: husband, seven-year-old  daughter and three-year-old son. Continue reading

Circus Summer Camps in Nanaimo!

VestaFire Entertainment is once again pleased to offer a number of Circus and Circus/Arts themed camps in Nanaimo this summer!

All Camps are for ages 8-13 yrs.

Summer Camps!

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Aug 7-Aug 10 2012, 1:00- 4:00 pm

Half Day Circus Fun Summer Camp – Reg number 108649 in the Nanaimo Parks and Recreation guide!

Description:  Run away and join the circus and still be home for dinner! This camp is perfect for the performer in your family. Children will learn to juggle, spin poi and staff, and hoop it up. We’ll also create costumes and learn some basic acrobatics. All supplies included.

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July  12th 2012 One Day Circus Fun “Taster”

Registration through Arts Alive!

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July 16-July 20th 2012 9:00 to 3:00 pm

Full day Circus Fun Summer Camp- Registration through Arts Alive!

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July 23-27 2012 10:00 am -3:00 pm

BRAVE GIRLS Summer Circus and Arts Camp
@ The VestaFire Glitter Cave

Drop in day rate available!

Register HERE: http://bravegirlsnanaimo.eventbrite.com

Miss Plume Bloom and Honey Bee (aka Sharmaine and Missy) present…

FUN and Magic for 5 full days!!!
Includes:
• Full nutritious Snacks prepared together each day
• Circus play including Stilts, Clowning and Acrobatics
• Crafting play exploring Art Journals, altered clothing, and more!
• Circle sharing encouraging bonding and celebrating each other’s uniqueness
• Daily Themes intended to support confidence, leadership and team building skills.
All materials and equipment are provided. Girls must bring their own bicycle helmets and knee pads.

The BRAVE GIRLS Program is a holistic experience designed to create a safe environment for girls to explore, nurture and celebrate their AWESOMENESS.

Full Tuition: a choice of $175, $200, or $225. Please choose the fee that is most in harmony with your family.

Register HERE: http://bravegirlsnanaimo.eventbrite.com

Fire Dancing Safety

Lukas Triquetra Fire Poi

Lukas of VestaFire Entertainment creating Triquetra pattern with Fire Poi, Photo by Zack Wilson

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karina Strong 250-816-5545

FIRE DANCING SAFETY

Fire dancing and performance always adds excitement and the ‘wow’ factor to parties, wedding receptions, corporate events, and festivals. This spectacular form of performing art takes years of practice and safety training, If you’re considering hiring a fire dancer this summer, there are specific things you should consider.

Performing with fire outside is always safer than inside a venue” says Karina Strong, Troupe Co-ordinator of VestaFire Entertainment, a Nanaimo based circus and fire dancing troupe. Performance indoors involves more risk factors, such as ceiling height, crowd set back, and stage composition.

Fire performers should be trained professionals, with comprehensive written fire safety plans that can be submitted to your insurance provider. Performers should also have a full fire safety kit, with fire extinguishers and first aid. All fire performances should include support crew trained in fire safety and suppression.

“The most risk at a fire performance is to the fire dancers” adds Strong. “Public safety is always our number one priority.”

VestaFire Entertainment provides fire or LED light performance, roving entertainment, and circus lessons. They also facilitate fun active children’s parties and can be reached at http://www.VestaFireEntertainment.ca

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Karina Strong is the creative mind behind VestaFire Entertainment, a circus performance troupe out of Nanaimo BC.  Not only does she run Vestafire, but she performs too! She has a degree in Social Work and is trained in workshop facilitation and community development. She teaches Circus in the Nanaimo and surrounding area and she loves working with people of all ages, abilities, health challenges – really anyone who dreams of running away to the circus. Karina is a mother of two, she plays with poi, staff, and flow wand.  She began VestaFire Entertainment as a way to share her knowledge with others in order to create joyful community.

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