About Us

Flow Fests are free, public, urban arts events offering participants the opportunity to study movement arts with instructors from across the globe.

These multi-day workshop festivals bring the fun and learning of flow arts, circus arts, yoga and dance into urban parks. Flow Fests invite people of all ages to create and celebrate performance art, health and wellness in community. Flow Fests take place in cities big and small across the US.

Flow Fests is a Fiscally Sponsored Project of Fractured Atlas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Our mission is to promote movement arts, play and flow by providing education, connection and performance.  We are serving communities and audiences nationwide through the growth and spread of Flow Fests, multi-day free public interactive arts experiences and workshop festivals.  These festivals bring together nationally and internationally touring instructors of multi-cultural dance, circus arts, and yoga to provide wellness activities for all ages and skill levels.  Our annual festivals and events include:

MidWest Flow Fest, established Fall 2016, Madison, WI

NorthWest Flow Fest, established Summer 2016, Seattle, WA

Mountain Flow Fest, established Summer 2015, Asheville, NC

Texas Flow Fest, established Spring 2015, Austin, TX

Florida Flow Fest, established Fall 2011, Lake Worth, Florida

We are cultivating 5 new annual events, to launch in 2017 & 2018: SoCal Flow Fest, SouthWest Flow Fest, Sin City Flow Fest, Harbor Flow Fest, Capitol City Flow Fest.

As a fiscally sponsored entity, we accept tax deductible donations & appreciate your support!
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Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.

WHAT IS FLOW? The Flow State, a psychological phenomenon or aspect of consciousness, was described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. It's the state of consciousness people describe as being 'in the zone' or 'zen'. The FLOW state has been characterized by a number of factors, including the following components: • Intense and focused concentration on the present moment • Merging of action and awareness • A loss of reflective self-consciousness • A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity • A distortion of temporal experience, one's subjective experience of time is altered • Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, (also referred to as autotelic experience).... basically, FLOW is the state where you are CONNECTED, ENGAGED, AWARE, AWAKE, JUICY, ALIVE, CREATIVE, PRECISE, BALANCED, INSPIRED, LIMITLESS, RESPONSIVE, FOCUSED... it is the optimal psychological state of being!

Casandra Tanenbaum
Creator/Director
Alchemistress

FLOW
... is the ideal space for growing both art and learning. When I am in the Flow state, I am limitless, and I can see the immediate fruits of my creative impulsivity.  I am free to create, free to explore and discover the world for myself, directly, through the use of all my senses, and in a state of joyful play.
I love blending my creativity with my rebellious, resourceful and grounded intellect.  I love being a ‘golden mandala of delight,’ a kid-whisperer, and a visionary woman.  I love my feisty, juicy passionate heart, and I love that my willingness to generate joy inspires others to do the same!

I created Flow Fests to make flow arts accessible to all, to expand awareness of this unique cultural community and to encourage all people to play.  I think play is essential to learning, flow is essential to play, and flow arts are a tool for expanding consciousness and improving vital well-being.

Exuro Piechocki
Flow Curator
Sage

FLOW
When I'm in my flow, it's like the music takes over, my movements are effortless, my next action seamless, and I feel it more than just when dancing. I live like this. If I want it then I do anything I can to get it, and what I really seek is joy! Feeling it, sharing it, spreading it, and that makes it really fun to be me. When the fruits of life are ripe for the picking then there is no reason to wait!

I am here to curate the content of the classes! Over my career I've seen communities thrive when given the right tools for success. Those who thirst for knowledge deserve access to quality educators, and I want you to have them!