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Hidden Talents: Desiree Cervantes Holden

PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS…hidden talent

A graphic designer, artist, truth-teller, spiritual seeker, and highly intuitive person.

BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT…

I love to play with fire! I’m a flow artist and fire spinner. The term “flow arts” refers to a movement-based art form that integrates dance and creative movement with with skill-based prop manipulation.

I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN…

I attended a poi and hula hoop workshop led by my friend and local artist, Nannette Hawxhurst. I was terrible at it, and had a particularly hard time with hula hooping around my waist. My frustration led me to do some research on YouTube where I came across videos of people doing something called hoop dance or off-body hooping with two mini hoops.

AND SOMEDAY I HOPE TO…

Be part of a large community of flow artists. There are a small number of people locally who practice a flow and/or fire art but I would love to see this grow. I have the most fun when spinning with a group of people.

THE LAST BOOK I READ WAS…

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver and The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.

I ALSO ENJOY…

Being part of a community of local artists and musicians. I love hearing live music in small venues or by the river, and there are so many amazing local musicians here. One of my favorite is The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit Band, and they just happen to be from Oakdale.

GET STARTED BY…

It’s really fun and a little dangerous, which is an excellent combination in my opinion. Aside from this, it’s great exercise while also being a form of artistic expression and movement meditation. Playing with fire can be dangerous, but can be done very safely if certain protocols are followed.

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