Nathan was introduced to performance at a young age, participating in theater in middle and high school. Later Nathan found fire performance at Grassroots Music and Arts Festival in Trumansburg, NY in 2010 and was inspired by the art. Nathan became involved with the circus and performance community, taking classes and managing at Wildfire Retreat in Ashford, CT. In 2014 Nathan relocated to Charleston, SC, and Brushfire Collective was born. Nathan hopes to elevate his and others performance art to the highest possible level and create a connection between the community and local performing artists.
Laura, a former competitive equestrian, is a prominent performer in the Charleston area. Her love of performing arts was reawakened in 2012 after discovering hoop dance while attending her first music festival. She began spinning fire and performing professionally with BC in 2017. Laura wishes to captivate and inspire her audience with her love of flow arts and individualistic expression. Similar to her yoga practice, she truly believes in the potential of flow to heal and empower when shared with others.
(Photo by Chase Barker Creative)
Stephanie has been spinning inside the hoop for over three years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She grew up as a gymnast and cheerleader until she found her circle after college. Shortly after, she moved into playing with LED props and fire. Stephanie hopes to inspire people around the world through her movement and performances.
Reid Cooley is a PA native who has been spinning and fire performing since 2012. His props of choice include Poi, Rope Dart, and Levi Wand. His interpretation of flow arts is both as an expression of self and soul, as well as a discipline of mind and body. He says It's fun, but it takes practice. Spinning is his favorite way to stay active and engaged, and it's also a great way to meet new people and make lasting connections. He's also active in the community, teaching fire safety courses or cheering on his fellow spinners. "We're all about being each others cheerleaders! My motto has become Radical Encouragement!"
(Photo by Kim Frampton McManus)
Bryce Gaetano, also known as Another You, has been performing professionally with fire for 6 years! He lights up the hearts and minds of all those that see him perform. Coming from a background of yoga, tai chi, and ballet, he incorporates all those styles of movement into one fiery expression of passion and grace! Trained in most props, he explores staves, swords, poi, rope dart, and palm torches with an insatiable curiosity for finding new movement and hoping that movement sparks others to be just as curious about what is possible! Fire performing is his way of honoring the gift of life and sharing the light with those who are inspired by the performances! He didn’t get the nickname Prometheus for nothing, as he travels around the festival and burn community teaching safety practices and the right way to begin holding the fire for others! He hopes you enjoy the the inferno that is Another You!
Matthew Volkman, a Wisconsin native, has achieved an incredible and expansive skill set through years of hard work and dedication. Beginning with poi and glow sticks as a young adult Matthew soon upgraded to practicing his art with the element of fire. Later, joining with Brushfire Collective in Charleston, Matthew showcases a humble but impressive act and continues to seek knowledge and growth in his practice. He enjoys performing on the beach, craft beer and a nice sit.
(Photo by Stephanie Stein Photography)
Julia Catherine is the founder and sole operator of Healing Juju ©, live artist, fine artist, and flow artist. She can’t help but put her “healing juju” into all her work, invoking spirit and soul in all she shares. In college, Julia reclaimed her touch with her creative, artistic purpose the moment she began the exploration of flow arts. In the flow she was infinite, didn’t need to think, but could just be. Dedicating herself to her practice she eagerly opened herself to the opportunity to perform. She is absolutely honored to share this sacred and entertaining art with you, with the hopes to spread joy and inspiration!
(Photo by Chase Barker Creative)