Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Fireknife Dancing Hotter Than Ever

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fireknife Dancing is literally a cutting edge sport, but it’s hotter than ever.

At least that’s the claim of Pulefano Galeai, a Honolulu man who is trying to raise the profile of his beloved Samoan sport with something called the World Fireknife Dancing Championship.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday (May 20) and 29 participants from California, Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan and Tahiti will compete by dancing around like a warrior while tossing flaming knives in the air.

As Galeai puts it, “It’s like running a 100-yard dash for ten minutes straight.”

Fireknife dancers are judged on creativity, pacing and dramatic interpretation and are docked three points every time they drop a knife.

Luckily, Galeai doesn’t penalize anyone for getting burned, because, in his words, “A warrior who burns himself still has to fight the war.”

The winning dancer takes home a $4000 cash prize and a six- foot-long knife worth around $1500.

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