Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Thompson.
Hi Christina, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My company name is Elemental Performance. I’m a professional fire dancer and Bubbleologist! My story starts in Portland, Oregon. Growing up, I would daydream about being on stage dancing with a group of people. As I got older, I was on the dance team in 8th, 9th and 10th grade. Then my family moved, we switched schools and I stopped doing dance team because I wasn’t a fan of how they ran it at my new high school. I had a hard childhood. Dance team gave me something to keep my mind and heart busy. When I didn’t have that I chose drugs. I ended up dropping out of high school because of my addiction. It didn’t take me long to find out that wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted for myself. A couple of years later, as I progressed in my healing path, I went to rehab. It was called Teen Challenge. I was there 14 months then moved to Kansas City to get far away from my lifestyle in Portland. I chose KC because I had a friend who lived there who also went through Teen Challenge. Moving to Kansas City was the best decision of my life! I love the people and small town/big city vibe! I moved in 2008 and found flow arts in 2011. Flow arts changed my life. At first, it started with hula hoop dancing for fun at concerts and music festivals.
My first professional fire dancing job was at The Edge of Hell in 2017. When I took the job, I never expected my life for doors to keep opening, giving me the opportunity to continue performing professionally. At the time, I was getting a couple of gigs a year, but I wasn’t really committed to it as a profession. I had a full-time job in retail management that really paid the bills.
In 2018, I started dating a really good friend of mine, Stuart of Grateful Bubbles. He was the man who taught me how to be a Bubbleologist. Stuart loved bubbles because of the joy it brings to people. It was very inspiring working his bubble shows with him. Not one person could be upset when he was bubbling.
In 2019 he introduced me to Laura Lockton, the founder of ReKinection. ReKinection is a group of artists and performers collaborating to inspire and heal people through sharing our different forms of art. We would be hired at Laura’s events to do bubble shows.
In 2020 Stuart passed away, and I lost my job shortly after. It was the hardest thing I have ever been through. I had no drive and the grief was so heavy it made it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, much less pursue my passions. I couldn’t bring myself to do bubbles and was ready to count my losses on having that as a part of my life. In September of 2020 ReKinection teamed up with a local company called Show Delivered to bring live entertainment to people’s doorsteps. We created a 30 minute fire show that we performed in people’s driveways. The whole operation was socially distanced and a safe way to keep the entertainment industry alive during the pandemic. We were so busy, and it was really a challenge to show up with the weight of the grief bearing down upon me. I wanted to quit so bad because I was going through a lot and feeling lost in the world. I kept going though, one day at a time, no matter how hard it was because I knew deep down I had to keep pushing through and follow my passion for performing or I would regret it.
In March of 2021, I experienced some kind of breakthrough. I felt God and the universe tell me strongly that I had to keep spreading the joy of bubbles and trust that I would be successful as a performance artist. I had a newfound freedom and a burst of energy to dive into creating my own bubble and fire performance business. I purchased all the supplies I needed to create my own performance business. I learned to crochet so I could make bubble wands to sell so that others could experience the joy of bubbles as well. I also created a promo video, and I’ve been passing out business cards around the Kansas City area and have been networking online to bring in new business.
Over the past year, I also served as the Performer Coordinator for ReKinection Festival and was given the opportunity to help coordinate the main stage show during the event, which took place in June, at Astral Valley Art Park, outside of St. Louis. In addition to the festival we hosted, the ReKinection team and I are traveling this summer to bring the ReKinection experience to different music festivals throughout the Midwest to share the healing of flow arts.
When I’m in town, I offer bubble parties and fire shows for various events and occasions. I can do carnivals, birthday parties, weddings, arts and craft fairs, corporate gigs- you name it! I’m in absolute awe of how beautiful my life is turning out once I decided to let go and let God. It used to seem a long way off, but now I’m excited for what the future holds!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Losing Stuart was and still is a very challenging thing. Trusting I’ll continue to make enough in order to keep performing as my main source of income. Shows getting canceled because of rain causing me to lose out on money that I really needed at the time. Traveling can be pretty hard on the body, this lifestyle is tiring but so very rewarding.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a multi-prop flow artist and fire dancer. I dance with hula hoops, fans, dragon staff and poi. I’m a solo artist and also work with Rekinection. We have a 30 min fire show. I also do bubble parties. I have many props I have made and purchased. They create giant bubbles, small bubbles, tons of bubbles, smoke bubbles, foam, fire bubbles and I can even put people in a bubble! The fire and bubbles is fun entertainment for all ages and most any event!
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I call my business elemental performance because air and water create bubbles, the wick on my fire props represents earth and of course the fire.
- $120 per hour for bubble parties
- $50 additional per hour if you want a photographer at your bubble party
- $350 for the 30 minute fire show with my troupe
- Email: ElementalPerformance@mail.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElementalPerformance42/
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCa01yzEbzMEDrYvdRDeM21Q
CMAC Photography Colby Smith