Our performers travel to events across the Midwest performing and teaching workshops, contact us for bookings.
Entrepreneur at 20 years old, founding one of the first fire manipulation performance companies in Indianapolis, IN. A graduate with Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership and Certified Motivational Firewalking Instructor by The Firewalking Center. Creator of the Southern Illinois Fire & Flow Retreat and Southern Illinois Eclipse events held in Reynoldsburg, IL. Owner of Harris Cattle Ranch L.L.C. supplying grass-fed Angus beef to clients throughout the Midwest from his family’s 5th generation cattle farm in Ozark, IL.
Firewalking has been traced back to 1200 B.C. and been practiced for centuries by shamans, priests, and certified instructors. Firewalks have been used for religious ritual, healing ceremonies, and empowerment workshops all over the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk across a bed of hot coals that have just burned down after learning the history and benefits. People experience many different types of growth once doing a firewalk ceremony.
Do you have a fear of heights or trusting others? This is the perfect workshop for you, where we learn how to trust the people around us and conquer fear. Many times, we lose trust in others throughout years or from a bad experience. When doing a trust fall, we regain that feeling of trust once again.
The glasswalk is an exercise in meditation while overcoming fear using 100% focus. One by one each individual will walk across a path of broken glass to learn techniques in controlling the constant activity in our brains.
Many people reading this may first think “only trained martial artist can break a board with their bare hand”. This is not true and with the board break workshop people will learn how to control ego that makes us think that. Participants will take part in breaking through their own board bare handed.
The activity of breaking an arrow using our neck will show participants how to push through resistance. Finding power in situations that make us feel vulnerable through positive mindset. This workshop has been used by Tolly Burkan throughout a lifetime of motivational seminars.
Rebar bend is an activity to realize there are things in life which appear impossible but are quite achievable. Many times, we must work with a partner to overcome an obstacle in life or work. This workshop will put participates with random partners to achieve a common goal together.
Poi spinning is the art of manipulation and learning how to be present in the moment. The term Poi is the Maori word for “ball” and the art of poi spinning originated in New Zealand with their indigenous people.
Fire manipulation is a technique used to help control our internal thoughts to overcome fear. It is a practice of using real fire props and manipulating them in ways we control the outcome through present focus.
Entering the juggling universe in 2015 life changed forever. To this day Soup does not know where he would be in life if not for juggling. Never knowing where it would take him or the beautiful souls to meet along the journey. Juggling has taken him all over the United States opening the juggling universe for others by instructing workshops and classes. He has been lucky enough to perform in front of Above and Beyond, Jai Wolf, Space Jesus, Snails, and many more. Seeing smiles that come across people’s faces while juggling is what keeps him going.
Juggling Soup’s Workshops
Ever wanted to explore the juggling universe? In this workshop one will be shown the basic steps to learn how to juggle. It’s so easy that you have to learn it for yourself. Some will learn to juggle in less than 30 minutes. No requirements are needed, and juggling props are provided.
It’s time to show off them juggling skills. In this workshop we will cover beginner juggling tricks. Tricks include: columns, reverse cascade, fake columns, box, yo-yo, figure 8, and more. Basic requirement is knowing how to juggle.
For those of you looking for juggling challenge. In this workshop we will cover hard juggling tricks. Tricks include: Boston shuffle, Rubinstein revenge, mills mess, and adding 3D to routines. This workshop is for those more advanced in juggling. Don’t necessarily need to know the following move but it helps. Those moves are: box, columns, and figure 8.
Going from 3 to 4 juggling balls. In this workshop we will go over learning how to juggle 4 balls. We will also go over learning some 4 ball beginner tricks. Tricks include: Columns, Multiplex, and Box. Basic requirement is knowing how to juggle.
Time to take it to a new level with balls. This workshop we will go over learning how to juggle 5 balls. This workshop is for those far advanced in juggling. Most of the time we will learn from each other. I will demonstrate some 5 ball moves that one can learn. Basic Requirements are being advance in 3 and 4 balls juggling.
Stumbling across POI in a short online video, Pixie Moon found her passion for the flow arts. As a mother of her greatest joy, she needed something that was a getaway! Becoming part of the N.L.E. family was a turning point in her life which brought a new passion performing! Enjoys seeing the expressions on everyone’s faces when fire comes into play. Pixie Moon is always picking up new props and ways to spread cheer across the faces of those who watch her!
This workshop will be an all ages and go over what it takes to start spinning poi. We will go over beginner tricks like the 3 beat weave, the butterfly, and buzzsaws if we have time.
Sir Cool Hoops
Sir Cool Hoops, otherwise known as Skylar, has been flowing for over 4 years. Using predominantly a hula hoop, he’s found solace within the infinite kinetic possibilities of flow arts, and uses it as enrichment for himself and his audience. Skylar focuses on providing seamless and effortless entertainment, weaving dance with advanced skill. His goal is to show the ability of expression through the freedom of movement and uses flow arts as the tool to showcase that. He specializes in single hoop, twin hoops, and double staff.
Sir Cool Hoops’ Workshops
This workshop is based on getting more in touch with dance through the use of a hula hoop and will focus on a handful of fundamental beginner skills including isolation (and variations), weaves, and escalators.
This workshop is primarily dedicated to technique of a chest roll. Once technique is taught, this workshop will also include variations of chest rolls potentially including chest roll breaks, back rolls, and crescent/C rolls.
This workshop is focused on refining the escalator, and will introduce beginner escalator break combos. There will also be a focus on extending the escalators from beginning to end to showcase a natural movement of the hoop through the escalator. Escalators in all directions will be drilled in this and there will be demonstration of how escalators can be used as a fundamental for clean transitions in flow.
This workshop will teach the student different coinflips, including a stalled two handed coinflip, one handed coinflip, off body coinflips, and will also introduce combining a coinflip with a reverse escalator.
Chet was a casino dealer before he was introduced to the juggling world at a flow festival in Arkansas in 2018. Chet has been all over the country going to different, mostly bluegrass festivals. He’d dreamt of one day being a part of one of them. Now he gets to perform at them with friends he loves. Juggling has been a lifesaver for Chet and wishes to pass his knowledge of juggling onto anyone that would like to learn at our festivals and flow jams. Chet is a ball, club, and torch juggler. Chet’s favorite thing to do is to watch people have a good time and smile.
Juggling Chetterz Workshops
At Chet’s workshop you will hear his philosophy of juggling. He will teach you basic juggling with 1, 2, and 3 balls. Chet will explain easier 3 ball patterns like, cascade, reverse cascade, and 2up- 1up. He will have you juggling by the end of the festival with a little work and concentration. It can change your life too!
If you think that you have 3 balls down good I challenge you to join my 3 club juggling workshop. Here you will learn to different ways to hold and throw the club in a way that is easy to understand and fun. Chet has only gotten a few black eyes and bloody lips from his clubs, but he healed up ok.
Micah (SKRIBE) Matchett
Micah was introduced to the flow community and spinning poi in 2013 and he immediately fell in love with every aspect of it. He quickly advanced from beginner poi into more advanced styles of spinning and jumping into spinning fire poi within months of starting his journey into the seemingly endless world of tech poi. after immersing himself in the flow community he started doing performing for clubs, private parties, and events all around the Atlanta, GA area which he is native to.
Micah also enjoys producing music, and DJ’ing which he’s being doing since 2015. As well as making wire wrapped jewelry, starting his own custom jewelry business (Konnected Kreations) in 2016. Though he has dabbled in various other flow props including hooping, contact staff, double staffs, juggling, rope dart, and puppyhammer; his heart will always belong to his prop of choice, Poi.
In this workshop you’ll learn the skills and technique’s one needs to start spinning poi. things like planes and timing, as well as some beginner tricks like the 3 beat weave, the butterfly, and buzzsaws.
In this workshop you’ll learn various flower patterns including but not limited to 3 petal split time wall plane flowers, various wheel plane flowers, and a brief run-through of the application of extensions with flowers.
in this workshop you’ll learn several different chaser and stacker patterns, how to weave chasers, how to flow between chasers and stackers, and the application of these tricks in your flow.
in this workshop you’ll learn the basics of poi stalls and various break patterns, how both these tricks effect the direction your spinning, and the application of these tricks in your flow.
in this workshop we’ll go over a few one handed 2 poi tricks (meteor style tricks) including the superman, one handed 2 beat weaves, the fantastic 4, the X man, and some different variations you can cycle through with these tricks.
Hi I’m Doug, flow arts performing has been a way to express and stay focused in life. Teaching myself determined ways to work hard for what you love and accomplish goals. I love contact staff and the flow arts because it has taught me discipline, patience, and being positive while finding the balance in life. Join me in releasing your inner flow through learning prop manipulation with staff!
Are you wanting to find a way to start unlocking the flow through contact staff? Here we will go over learning balance points on the staff. This will help attendees learn the ways to balance the staff on your body and finding the center point. Showing how to spin the staff with proper hand placements around this balance point. Once we get done everyone will leave having basic knowledge over learning to find the love and respect with contact staff.
I am Brandon Smith aka (Pyrofreak). I into flow arts for about 15 years after seeing my first performance from a flow crew. I new I had to do this so my journey began. Eventually I ended up doing my own shows as Pyrofreak. Then recently getting the blessing of teaming up with northern lights entertainment to help spread the joy of flow to the world. By performing and teaching workshops. My main focus is poi and dragon staff. However I dabble in quite a few props.
My name is Christopher Bouchard and I am known for prop manipulation/ poi spinning. I’ve been very interested in in the flow arts since 2009 at my first festival in cave in rock Illinois and being witness to poi flow first hand. Immediately I was interested and had to do my own research. I came to find quite quickly that in my community it was not a common thing when asked about. So I took it upon myself to make my own and start my journey. And with paracord rope and tennis balls I did just that. Video after video and practicing in a mirror ’til my fingers sometimes blistered I kept at my flow and progression. Surprisingly each day I seen results and I was ecstatic because I was having fun but also learning at the same time. Unfortunately I was only getting so far with my progression and it was frustrating. So for a few years I turned to riding BMX which is my first love and passion along with a few different art categories such as painting, drawing, tattooing and wire wrapping jewels. In 2017 I decided to pick the props back up and get serious. I drilled Drex videos ’til my eyes crossed and practiced like never before. Purchased a set of flow toys crystal poi and fell in love. I started to then watch other manipulators like Kris Kelly and Tim Goddard as well as Marvin (master) Ong which are all still my go to guys to watch.
Now I was always a little intimidated by fire so for a long while I only used contact or LED props. It wasn’t until 2020 that i finally broke that wall in my own head down and grabbed the bull by the horns. And thanks to a new found community of prop manipulators and an amazing event coordinator like Grant Harris i did get past my fear. It made me feel like all the time I had previously put into practicing and having fun with flow arts could now be shared with like minded people. I now don’t feel alone in my journey which pushes me more now to progress and have a good time with the flowmies. Prop manipulation has taught me a great deal of discipline as well as patience and courage. It has honestly made me more one with myself as well as others. It has created amazing friendships and unbreakable bonds. And I am beyond grateful to be a part of a beautiful thing as amazing as prop manipulation and all the awesome, kind, glowing, colorful souls that stand behind them.
Christopher Bouchard’s Workshops
Plane Breaking or as others call it three dimensional is a style in which you are using two separate plains at one time. Whether it be flower petal patterns, diamond patterns as well as anything your mind can come up with. There are 3 variations of plain breaking and that consists of same time, split time and quarter time. That being said getting those three separate times down will open up your own ideas and variations you can come up with and it can seem endless. Now if you’re new at plains completely then here is where you want to be. I will cover all the basics from 6 wall box plains and your 6 pointed diamonds up to full 3-D patterns for those who feel more comfortable or even to those who may already be familiarized with plain breaking. Come see me and the rest of the NLE crew and get your learning on but most of all come have some fun with some amazing prop manipulators.
Northern Lights Entertainment is always looking to expand our family of performers, contact us for an opportunity to audition.