Dan Miethke

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Dan Miethke
Dan Miethke performing for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Burj Al Arab. Photo by Michelle Yaffe.
Born (1980-06-01) 1 June 1980 (age 36)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Circus Performer, Fire Dancer
Website http://www.sparkfiredance.com

Dan Miethke is an Australian-born, UK-based autodidact cirque performer specialising in fire dance. He is notable for very large fire manipulation with unique special effects and pyrotechnics.

His international performance career received recognition in 2006, when he was invited to perform at the Burj Al Arab in front of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. He formally coached and performed a fire act in the Cirque du Soleil show “Zaia” 2008-2012 and performed a lead character in the show, the Shaman.[1]

He is recognised as a world specialist in OH&S regarding fuels for fire performance, handheld special effects and handheld pyrotechnics. Dan has performed, coached and consulted in 45 countries worldwide.[2]

'Dragons Breath' fire swords


His special skills include the fire dancing apparatus of swords, double staffs, poi, ropes and long staff. His style is contemporary focusing on body presentation, high energy movements and close body technical fire manipulation.[3] He is currently the only fire performer known to use 'Dragons Breath' Fire Swords.


Dan started martial arts, dancing and fire performance at a young age. However, his interests lay more in arts than in competition. Festivals were his first exposure to performing for large crowds and creatively combining prop and body movement to music.[4]

After high school he formed his own performing arts company and successfully bid for national and international performance contracts.[5] After establishing his business with solo, duo and group performances in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, both under his own company Pyroptix and with the renowned FlameOz,[6][7][8][9] he moved away from an organisational role and back to focusing on his own performance development.

In 2008 he was accepted into Phoenix Productions[10] based in Vienna, where he trained and performed with their performing arts coaches. Dan's double fire swords routine developed into a world-class technically original skill based on power jumps and close tracing of fire across his chest and back while executing acrobatic moves such as aerial cartwheels. His work with Phoenix Productions led to performances in 38 cities across 5 continents.[11]

In 2010 He created a fire duet with Stephanie Höggerl for Resorts World Sentosa[4] and Universal Studios in Singapore presenting 180 fire shows and 60 aerial shows in 10 weeks. His company Pyroptix was rebranded as Spark Fire Dance in 2011.

Cirque du Soleil[edit]

In 2010 Cirque du Soleil signed Dan as their first Australian fire artist, to perform in the production of Zaia in the Venetian Macau.[5] He is currently the only contemporary firedance artist on any Cirque du Soleil show.

Dan performing in Zaia - Cirque du Soleil production in the Venetian Macau

Notable performances[edit]

Dan has performed with and for celebrities and royalty across the world.


  1. ^ cirquetribune.com CTDB listing Dan Miethke Retrieved 2010.06.07
  2. ^ (2005.12.20) Dan’s Official web page. sparkfiredance.com. Retrieved 2010.07.06
  3. ^ Doublestaff Inspiration DVD Dan’s feature on No Tea No Coffee productions DVD doublestaff.firestaff.net. Retrieved 2010.06.07
  4. ^ Lifestyle Asia Interview with Dan
  5. ^ Entertain Oz Listing of Dans Performances Retrieved 2010.07.06
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ WBF2010 FlameOz listing
  8. ^ Continental Drifts FlameOz listing
  9. ^ Fools Paradise FlameOz listing
  10. ^ W24 archive Phoenix Productions coverage Retrieved 2010.07.06
  11. ^ Phoenix Productions reference list Retrieved 2010.07.06
  12. ^ Mardan Palace opening Daily mail coverage 2009-23-05 Retrieved 2009-26-05
  13. ^ Sir Phillip Greens 55th Daily mail coverage 2007-10-03] Retrieved 2007-17-03
  14. ^ Zenith Watch Launch 2006-2007 collection. Ameinfo.com coverage Retrieved 2006.07.02
  15. ^ World News coverage of trophy ceremony Retrieved 2010.02.07
  16. ^ [2] Retrieved 2013.06.09
  17. ^ [sparkfiredance.com/past-events/ Official site show history] Retrieved 2010.07.06
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ymt0D6Pjic&feature=related Black Dragon Media archive footage of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Broadcast on Shanghai Media Group] Retrieved 2010.07.06
  19. ^ http://www.zoomentertainment.com.au/pages/NewsandUpdates.htm Retrieved 2010.07.06
  20. ^ archive footage Australians got Talent on Channel 7 Retrieved 2010.07.06
  21. ^ Jumpzone Productions Archival footage Retrieved 2010.07.06
  22. ^ [3] Retrieved 2012.11.11
  23. ^ W24 coverage and Interview Retrieved 2010.07.06
  24. ^ HOP COL2006 listing Retrieved 2010.07.06
  25. ^ HOP COL2010 listing Retrieved 2011.05.31
  26. ^ Doublestaff Inspiration DVD Dan’s feature on No Tea No Coffee productions DVD doublestaff.firestaff.net. Retrieved 2010.06.07

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