Their stage names may be Lord Rabbit, Annelise, Lady Cyn and Seraphim, but when the fire is out they're Ryan Gernsbacher, Amanda Gonzalez, Cynthia Bergen and Mandi Falkner. The four make up Nocturnal Sol, a local fire spinning team with a mission.
Ryan Gernsbacher is the lone male on the team. For him fire spinning takes time and energy and patience. Nocturnal Sol uses their talent to raise money for various non-profit groups like the San Antonio Food Bank and The P.e.a.c.e. Initiative.
"Fire dancing is a part of our lives, it's an art that we found and fell in love with," Gernsbacher said.
For this group it's all about making the audience happy. "We hope to meet and go beyond the expectations of our audiences, Gernsbacher said. "We want our audience to leave a performance having had a fun, unique, and memorable experience."
Gernsbacher said it takes a unique individual to twirl and spin fire, but the fire dancing community is growing larger each day. He said it promotes good physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health. "Learning a new move or a routine is about muscle memory through repitition," Gernsbacher said. "The basics set the foundation to learn a more advanced technique."
There are a number of solo artists in San Antonio and at least one other fire performance troupe in town. You can catch Nocturnal Sol every Thursday at the Wax Club Lounge at 2211 San Pedro.