If you’ve attended any New Year’s celebrations at Dubh Linn’s in Duluth the last few years, you have probably seen The Spin Collective in action. Working a room at the bar with dozens of people crowded into a small space, these women twirl fire, wield flaming swords and test the pyro mettle of patrons sitting in the front row. Just another night for The Spin Collective.
Combining dance routines from numerous cultures including the Maori of New Zealand and flamenco with a flare for the improvisational, each performance offers something unique. However, it’s the fire and how they incorporate it into their performances that grabs people’s attention.
Below are a few of the images I shot while working with Minnesota Public Radio to tell the story of The Spin Collective. To hear reporter Dan Olson’s story, check out the audio below. And, if you happen to see a group of women wielding flaming hula hoops and swords, don’t panic. It’s probably The Spin Collective at work.