For most of her youth, Sequoia Criteser (pictured above) was
petrified of fire. As a child, she would not have imagined
starting a career as a fire dancer 13 years ago. She first tried
the artform down by the American River, when another dancer
handed her the equipment to try fire poi, a style of performance
art that usually involves swinging tethered, fiery weights around
in rhythmic and geometric formations.