Firebreathers light it up

Special to the PRESS

PadreRitaVille in South Padre Island has opened its doors with a new art form, fire dancing.

Two new female fire dancers, Aarin Hartwell and Dorothy Kumpe, en­tertained the crowds by firedancing with poi, a pair of arm-length chains with handles attached to one end and a bundle of wicking material on the other. Fire dancing is of­ten performed to music and has been a tradition­al part of cultures from around the world.

Cathy Laferty, co-owner of PadreRitaVille with her husband Michael Laferty, said, “We wanted something new and cool at PadreRitaVille, fire dancing is a great art and people love it.”

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the July 18 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.


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