Michael Ravenwood

Michael Ravenwood was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the Philippines and Singapore before coming to live in America. Over 30 years ago, he began studying Martial Arts and has trained in numerous styles including Karate, Ninjutsu, Kung Fu & Tai Chi. It was at that time that he also began practicing Meditation, and he has since studied Qi Gong in addition to Tibetan and Yogic methods of concentration. 20 years ago, he acquired a degree in Psychology with Honors while also taking courses in Quantum Physics, Mind-Body Medicine and Universal Spirituality. 10 years ago, Michael began to blend his Yoga and Martial training with a passion for Dance through Fire Performance. Since then, he has become an International Cirque Performer, Dance and Meditation Instructor, Event Producer and Business Owner. As the Creative Director of his performing arts company SkyFire Arts, Michael writes Storytelling pieces that convey life affirming inspiration with pointed humor. As its Lead Performer, he uses a high voltage protective suit to wield 10 foot arcs of electricity from a massive Tesla coil. He has been teaching Dance and Meditation at Festivals, Cirque Schools, Dance Studios, and Privately for the last 8 years. Michael became a certified Firewalking Instructor in 2017, and he is qualified to teach a host of breakthrough empowerment exercises which enhance life experience and improve performance.

Workshops & Presentations

  • SkyFire Sword Performance

    90 min | Flow Zone

    This workshop is designed to introduce people to the practice of fire & lightning sword dancing as a path to creative realization & fulfillment. The principles of meditation, martial and performance arts are combined with a passion for dance to introduce students to their lives as living works of art. As practitioners gain familiarity with blending handwork {techniques of object manipulation} & footwork {stances & transitions}, we practice moving our bodies and the swords to music. What results is yoga {union} between the practitioner, their sword and the beat of the music, opening the door to freedom & improvisation. Philosophical hints at the Tao {way of life} are sprinkled in for good measure. Specifically, we will go over spinning a single sword with either hand, using & transitioning between forward & reverse grip, using momentum for thrusts & leaps, and some of the specific ways of spinning & throwing swords. If you have them, please bring anything that could be used like a sword {no sharp edges please ;-}. If you do not have any, come anyway, as I have some to share...


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