Fire Dancer in Sacramento
Testimonials
You really did an amazing job! It resonated at some dark Primitive level deep within my soul.”

“Thank you to all the members of Obsidian Butterfly for putting on a spectacular performance.  From the time the lights
faded from the sky until the time the last torch was extinguished.  That performance really will be forever burned into the
memories of everyone who were there.”

“Captivating, entertaining and beyond impressive! The music selection and performance was the absolute perfect kickoff
for our Annual Manager's Meeting. All 600 attendees enjoyed every second of your performance ~ thank you for a terrific
experience” - Carrie Briggs Senior Director of Marketing FPI Management

“Thank you so much for your participation in last week’s Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark. The event was a huge
success; raising over $2.4 million!! You were a major part of the energy leading into the event and started our guests out
on the right foot! You two went above and beyond to help make this possible in advance of the event. I will definitely
recommend you guys to anyone I talk to about the event” - Academy of Sciences San Francisco, CA

“We were very happy to have you perform at our Luau celebration. I have heard nothing but great things about your
performance” - Samaritan Village

“Thank you so much for sharing your glow show with us. It was a great addition to our festival.” - City of Elk Grove

“Truly a unique experience! My party guests were blown away and were talking about it for days after. I highly
recommend Obsidian Butterfly for delivering high impact entertainment.”  -V Wood

“It was a wonderful event and you and your performers helped elevate it to a higher level.” -Angela, North State BIA

“Obsidian Butterfly offers an amazing show that will entice crowds of all ages. Our Private Country Club had the pleasure
of having them perform for our event, which everyone is chatting about still! They provide a level of interaction that is just
appropriate for all ages. We love them and look forward to another show in 2015! Thank you Obsidian Butterfly, you
were amazing and fabulous to watch” -Oakhurst Country Club; Susie Sutton

“Thank you again for the fabulous fire show last week! I would rate it a 10, the costuming was perfect, and it was very
entertaining. The part I loved the most was when all 3 of you were performing at the same time. I would definitely
recommend you in the future and don't hesitate to let me know if you have a client who would like a testimonial direct
from me” - Jackie Blackwell

“Hi Sequoia, it was really cool! Thanks so much for being a part of the show. Wavy did love it. I hope we can work
together again some time” - Wavy Gravy's 70th Birthday Bash

“This show is for everyone!!!Obsidian Butterfly is my favorite fire dance troop! They're all beautiful and very talented.
Their makeup and costumes are also impressive! I've hired them on several occasions and I can't wait to do it again!”
~Andrew Gayner

“Saw them perform at a local festival and they really were the icing on the cake. They are professional, flawless in their
routine, and have a huge selection of fire toys so it doesn't feel monotonous. Hire them for your event and you will not be
disappointed. No amateurs here.” – Shannon Sealey

“You were a rockstar! Seriously, you exceeded all expectations. Everyone loved you and the fire-eating was the highlight
of the night. I don't know how to top this next year ... Thank you so so much!” ~ Erin

“My family was blown away by the performance. None of us have ever seen fire dance and with a story too! The
momentum was amazing one scene right after another. All my family filled up their memory cards on their cameras with
the performances. Everyone I spoke with that day had wonderful energy, and it is all due to you and your group.” – Kathy
“Thank you for a wonderful show.” – Johnna

“Dear Sequoia, I just want to thank you and your partner for the fabulous show. Days later people are talking about how
wonderful you guys were and how it added to our party. I would recommend you to anyone. Sincerely, Debbie”

“Thanks so much for the entertainment at my party - you guys were a hit! I really enjoyed watching your dancing. It was
cool to see how into your art you were. It was very memorable! Thanks again, especially last minute like that. Hope to see
ya soon. Bob”

“The show was great. You won’t believe what they do with fire! Very talented individuals” -Rae McElroy

“Awesome! They had cool costumes, the right music, and an excellent collection of fire dancing props which captivated
the crowd and left them cheering for encores. I would definitely recommend them.”-David Brandenburger

“Unique and beautiful performance; well-transacted.  Sequoia was wonderful from start to finish. Her dance performance
was beautiful and she worked with me to make it just right for our Great Gatsby themed birthday party. She really want
above and beyond to plan out the evening's entertainment, all very last minute, even providing a reference with the
Sacramento Fire Department, which is huge, especially to calm a venue's nerves about the fire element of her
performance.  I must add that she was absolutely professional throughout the entire experience. I was very impressed.
Highly recommend.” - Brent Carlson

“Amazing! We had them perform for our kids birthday party and they were amazing!!! Great show for all ages!!! loved
every minute of it.”-  Shawna

“The Fire dancers were Great! Obsidian Butterfly made our Luau perfect; people are still talking about the wonderful
event! Thank you so much!!!!” - Johna Pierce

“You guys are AMAZING! I had a feeling that you were the best fire performers when I came across your page and I was
right! Thank you for making it a very special 60th Birthday for my Dad” - Melanie Lacroix
“Dear Sequoia, Completely pleased. We're definitely calling you back for our future parties!!!! Once again thank you
very much, you were absolutely outstanding in your work! I'll definitely recommend you to all my friends! Thank you,
Nimisha”

“Your show was incredible! Thank you so much!”

“The momentum was amazing one scene right after another. All my family filled up their memory cards on their cameras
with the performances. Everyone I spoke with that day had wonderful energy, and it is all due to you and your group”

“You were a rockstar! Seriously, you exceeded all expectations. Everyone loved you and the fire-eating was the highlight
of the night. I don't know how to top this next year ... Thank you so so much!” ~ Erin

“The most mesmerizing flow shows~ with and without fire, such a talented & professional group of performers” – Allison
Miller

“My family was blown away by the performance. None of us have ever seen fire dance and with a story too! The
momentum was amazing one scene right after another. All my family filled up their memory cards on their cameras with
the performances. Everyone I spoke with that day had wonderful energy, and it is all due to you and your group.” – Kathy

“4/17/2010: Capt Chuck from The Furr Ball - Sequoia, You and your crew have always been a pleasure to work with and
thank you so much for trying to stick it out until the grand finale. It started later than we had planned but sometimes late
is good for the big fire stuff. Thanks for the feedback on the stage too. One of the things that always annoys me at fire
performances is the inability to see what is going on. I am sure everyone could see what was happening this weekend! It
looks like we have established an institution here in the Sacramento area and I hope we can continue to host similar
events. Thank you so much for your support, your kindness, and for sharing your amazing talent at the FurrBall!
Anything that I can do to support what you do. More and more people continue to comment that your performance was
the best that they have ever seen.Sincerely, Chuck”

“Thank you for a wonderful show.” – Johnna

“Dear Sequoia, I just want to thank you and your partner for the fabulous show. Days later people are talking about how
wonderful you guys were and how it added to our party. I would recommend you to anyone. Sincerely, Debbie”

“Thanks so much for the entertainment at my party - you guys were a hit! I really enjoyed watching your dancing. It was
cool to see how into your art you were. It was very memorable! Thanks again, especially last minute like that. Hope to see
ya soon. Bob”

8/8/2008; Sacramento's First Fire Spectacular! A Festival Celebrating Fire, ART, Music, and Dance
“Hi Sequoia, That was a wonderful show last night. I remember when you were having all sorts of difficulties with permits,
the fire department, and it really seemed like the City of Sacramento wasn't ready for fire art... the fact that you were able
to organize such a show speaks well of everyone who was involved. I really enjoyed the gallery art as well as the
performing. It was a little like the Fire Arts Festival at the Crucible, but on a more human scale - better for me, frankly.
Less alienating. You are a very good organizer, with good awareness of fire safety, and attentiveness to everyone who
was there. Safety is another thing that's often totally lacking in these chaotic massive ravey San Francisco events. Some
of those kids think fire safety is for sissies. No lie. That's not my thang, I can't let go unless I feel like someone's watching
my back. I wanted to say to each of the fire artists how much I enjoyed their performances. There was a lot of creativity
out there, a lot of individual styles, but more important, everyone was having a great time and they were supporting one
another instead of being cold and cliquish. It was nice to see a wider age range, too - I got tired of being the oldest
person at these SF things, everyone else is way under 30, and I just didn't have the dreads, the tats, the massive
piercings, to fit in! As if body mods had anything to do with it, really. Another thing that added to the warm vibe was a
solid core of live musicians instead of canned or DJ music. They all appeared to be fairly dedicated and skilled drummers
and players. And, it started on time, metaphysically correct - I wondered if any of those guys were NASA scientists???
The staging was good. Having the stage lights helped - they enhanced but didn't overwhelm the fire. Having the fire
sculptures around the stage really set the mood.It was nice to see that many of the artists seemed to have some dance
background as well. I could pick them out and see how they were putting their dance training into their fire art. I actually
got into Oriental dance (aka bellydance) from watching fire-dancers who'd had a little training - in anything - and thinking
that they looked better than the ones who hadn't. I didn't have much luck integrating African dance with fire, but
bellydance seems to work a lot better. Thank you so much for inviting me!-R”

“Sacramento News and Review On the afternoon before the Gallery Horse Cow’s Valentine’s Day party, the buzz was all
over Sacramento. Shoppers scoured downtown stores for pink clothes. (Rumor had it that anyone not dressed in pink
had to pay double admission.) At Cheap Thrills, comments flew from the dressing rooms: I heard this guy wears a metal
suit and runs saws all over it, and sparks shoot out. “I’m modeling tonight, and I don’t even know what I’m wearing yet.”
Tyrus Wilson could be seen through the window at Le Fun, furiously sewing for the evening’s fashion show. Even the
barista at Infusion mentioned he was planning to be a go-go dancer there.When love is everywhere, there’s nothing to
do but surrender. So, you assembled the pinkest outfit you could find and arrived just after 11 p.m. Outside, there was a
line of people dressed in wigs, wings, faux-fur coats, lingerie, fresh camellias and fluffy sweaters that ran the gamut from
light to hot pink. Nearly every one of them tried to talk their way out of the cover, telling the doorman that they had no
room for a wallet in their hot pants or that they knew someone inside. Having little patience for those who want to indulge
in independent art without financially supporting it, you skipped to the front of the line and offered your money with a
smile. Inside, a couple hundred people lined the perimeters of the warehouse. Square stages were interspersed
throughout. Huge movie screens offered simulcast views of each. For the next several hours, a montage of strange and
wonderful sights passed by. Belly dancers shimmied to Eminem tunes. Women covered in fresh flowers spun fire from
their fingertips. The Lovemakers played a scintillating set, as vocalist Lisa Light pushed her way through the crowd,
staring down boys and singing, we’ve got you hypnotized. People in metal suits ran buzz saws over their armor, creating
showers of sparks. Models strutted for a seemingly endless fashion show. Some wore pull-tab flapper dresses, inner-
tube corsets and gowns made of plastic bags-all recycled-material garments by Davis group Haute Trash. The trash was
fantastic, but the fashion by Amy Hemmens and Wilson was truly visionary. Models with hoods that totally obscured their
faces wandered slowly through the warehouse in a parade of white, pink and burgundy. The clothing was so original,
there aren’t even names for some of the garments: gathered velvet tubes that slid over both arms, shirts shaped like pink
bows that bound the arms across the chest and asymmetrical masks that made it impossible to tell a person’s gender or
race. For the finale of their show, two hooded models climbed atop the center stage and dressed and undressed each
other. Some of their garments bound them together, and others barely stayed on their own bodies. Their dance became
a metaphor for the transformative properties of relationships. It was a perfect Valentine’s Day gift and worth every bit of
the buzz.” - 2/17/05 Sacramento News and Review; Becca Costello

The Spring Masquerade Ball; 3/2003
“Last night we were talking about the event and how nice it was to be a Part of it. You really did an amazing job! It
resonated at some dark Primitive level deep within my soul. It reminds me of a feeling I had watching a film back in 1982.
It was A movie called Cat People. The film opens with a simple repetitive Rhythm beaten out on a drum. The scene is a
desert village surrounded by a sandstorm. Blowing sand.  Stark images. A young girl is taken from the village and tied to
a tree and left as a sacrifice to the large black leopards that live nearby. Later we see another girl brought to a cave, this
time the leopard takes her in what looks like a sexual embrace. The Music playing through the opening sequence is by
David Bowie. see theseeyes of green... I can stare for a thousand years... colder than the moon…The rhythm of the
opening sequence was aboriginal - like leopards mating, Simple primitive pleasure.  Your event had a similar feel to it
and a strong primitive feminine energy. You really put the right mix together” – John

“Thank you and all the members of Obsidian Butterfly for putting on a spectacular performance. From the time the lights
faded to the sky till the last torch was extinguished. That performance really will be forever  burned into the memories of
everyone that was there. It had really been a long and some what rough day - and to kick back and get into a more
relaxed frame of mind by listening to Scott first then to be swept away by the fire performance gave me renewed strength
of spirit and mind, to finish the weekend. I have to say it was my child like anticipation that kept me going all day till you
guys came on stage that night. Mesmerizing and beautiful. The pictures One` took were awesome! I am going to load
them to the festival website if you don't mind. My brother, My husband and My Ex-husband all had a great time making
the frame - I have such a good support structure of guys...I will let them know. I will also send the appreciation on to Aryel
as well...I have to totally agree. I'd love a copy of the video! that would be very right on. Let me know if I can ever be of
assistance to you or the troupe in any way. Again, thank you for sharing your talents as well as your compliments, It
really means a great deal to me as well as everyone who put on this year's event. Lunar Dreams do come true...Megan”