knowledge from her diverse background and 15 years experience in
systems engineering, computer consulting, customer support, courseware
development, training, marketing, project implementation and department
management, Isa Isaacs founded the Temple of Poi, a school and community
dedicated to empowering artists to gain greater facility with their
body movement and increased body awareness through the use of poi.
While her career in the computer industry garnered her financial
success and various awards for performance excellence, Isa sought
to integrate her artistic passion and creative desires with her
In addition to supporting her corporate career, Isa
spent over 20 years dabbling with various music projects including
singing, flute, electronic music composition and has even published
her own piano CD of original songs. In 1998, she gradually moved
from making and providing the music to dancing and performing to
the music. After two years of dancing, she found poi in early 2000.
Over the next two years, she developed her artistic skills with
poi and in January of 2002, she became a professional poi fire and
light dancer after leaving her corporate job in February of 2001.
In an effort to develop her own self expression and
artistry through poi, she established the school in the Summer of
2002. She believed that teaching the art form would enable her to
gain greater mastery herself.
Early on, the school worked only with beginners, but
as the demand for education rose, the Temple of Poi shifted and
the school now focuses on poi education for all levels of artists
from the novice who has never used the tool to the most advanced
performers looking for coaching on how to improve their performance
presence and poi technique.
Isa, also known by her performance name "GlitterGirl",
is continually developing new classes, workshops, gatherings and
other opportunities to support the growth of her students and raise
the awareness and standards for poi artists everywhere. She is currently
performing both as a solo artist and with the Temple of Poi light
and fire dancing troupes (fireFLYgirlz/Illegally Hot) and on occassion,
dances with Erin's group, Fire
Pixie Fire Performance.
When she is not playing, teaching or performing poi,
she can be found DJing at clubs and parties in the Bay Area or working
on art installations. Her most recent art installation, "Light
in Flight" is a 13 by 10 foot origami, crystal, glitter and
wood mobile and was installed in November of 2003 in Studio Z (11th
and Folsom) in San Francisco.
Since the Temple of Poi was established in the
early summer of 2002 in San Francisco, California, it has rapidly
grown and provided education to nearly 300 students and artists
from around the world. In response to the growing demands of poi
artists, additional classes are offered in other areas around the
country and the school has recently expanded to offer ongoing education
at a second location in Freemont, California. Isa and the Temple
of Poi were featured on the front page of the Living Section of
the San Francisco Chronicle in August of 2003 (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/08/17/LV179406.DTL&type=news).