Object manipulatrix extraordinaire!

Shireen has pursued her lifelong interest in movement arts through training in yoga, dance, circus arts and aerial dance. She has been dancing with fire since 1999, and is known for her fluid style, innovative movements and mesmerizing performances.

A multi-faceted performer, Shireen can walk on stilts, fly through the air, climb on her friends, light things on fire, and do it all with a smile on her face. She is also a founding member and co-producer of Circus Artemis, a co-director of the Pacific Fire Gathering and the CEO of Flamebuoyant Productions, Inc.

Shireen has been vital to the development of Portland’s fire performance community. Because of her commitment to both safety and the community, the Portland Fire Department relied on Shireen to assist them in updating and revising Portland’s fire performance art codes in 2003 and again in 2012.

An accomplished teacher as well as performer, she has taught circus skills, object manipulation and aerial arts to students of all ages from the Portland Saturday Market to the beaches of India to the National Circus School in Cambodia. Her instructional DVDs Poi Spinning Basics with Pele’s Element and Poi Spinning: Focus on Transitions are sold internationally and to great acclaim.

She currently teaches weekly poi classes and private circus lessons in northeast Portland.

It was nothing short of absolutely fantastic. We had four times the attendance we were hoping for in a first time event. Needless to say, the feedback I’ve received has been great and we hope to make this an annual tradition. Your dancers were extremely professional and skilled at their work, true artists.

-Mark, Cannon Beach 4th of July Celebration

We had a great time this evening, thank you. You are a wonderful instructor and made everything fun and very clear.


My order arrived yesterday and I just had to tell you how pleased we are with everything. The poi are beautiful and very well made, a pleasure to use. And the video is top-notch. It will take me many months to get to all the techniques jam packed into that disc!