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Featured SpinCo Instructors

These are the artists who have taught at least one workshop or class with the Philadelphia Spin Coalition since its inception.

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Instructors

  Mystery Instructor

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  Instructor Tara

Tara Adelizzi

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  Instructor Brad

Brad "Rufio" Goldberg

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  Instructor Katieemmit

Katie Emmit

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  Instructor Kayla

Kayla Smith

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  Instructor Chrisstop

Chris Stopherson

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  Instructor Suzy

Suzy Brown

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  Instructor Noel

Noel Yee

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  Instructor Josh

Josh Architorture

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  Instructor Patrick

Patrick K-hill

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  Instructor Glo

Glo Guardiola

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  Instructor Matt

Matthew Porretta

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  Instructor Nick

Nick Minton

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  Instructor Krstena

Krstena Vas

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  Instructor Greg

Greg Haskins

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  Instructor Lux

Lux Luminous

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  Instructor Flofox

FloFox

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  Instructor Luna

Luna

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  Instructor Lauren

Lauren Raske

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  Instructor Mike

Mike Hayataka (That Hoop Guy)

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  Instructor Terry

Terry Fields

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  Instructor Wolf

Wolf Bukiet

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  Instructor Frank

Frank Hatsis

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  Instructor Purna

Purna Shakti

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  Instructor Matt 2

Matt Mills

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  Instructor Janelle

Jenelle Parks

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  Instructor Tiffany

TanookiTwirls

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  Instructor Ben

Benjamin Berry

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  Instructor Tippy

Thalia Patrinos (Tippy)

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  Instructor Flowei

FloWei Fire

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  Instructor Give And Take

Give and Take Jugglers

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  Instructor Reese

Maurice (Reese) Crawley

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  Instructor Brie

Brie Mealey

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  Anatolia Instructor

Anatolia Fire Goddess

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  Juan Instructor

Juan Guardiola

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  Shade Instructor

Shade Flamewater

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Tara Adelizzi

Hoop Dance, Theatre

Tara Adelizzi is a Philadelphia-born, Pittsburgh-made artist. She has been a participant of nightlife culture since the age of 15 and spent a lifetime growing up in the Theatre Arts, which she dually majored in alongside English Writing at the University of Pittsburgh Honors College. Her graduating thesis project focused on Absurdist Drama, Clowning, and physical acting, in which she directed a production of Eugene Ionesco's "The Chairs." Is it any wonder she was pulled right into the world of underground circus arts upon her return to Philadelphia? Since 2011 Tara has pushed deeper into the study of dance and drama through hooping and fire performance. She has participated in countless projects including collaborations with Borgata Nightlife, A.I. Cats Entertainment, Jewelz Entertainment,, Touch Me Philly, The Five Minute Follies, PEX, Parks and Recreation, and Market East Arts Initiative. She has made appearances with honorable mentions such as Lil John and DJ Tiesto, to name only a few. Tara teaches weekly hoop dance classes to the budding hooper community in Philadelphia where she preaches a spiritual and technical development through "the practice" of Hoop Dance. She is a co-founder of the Spin Coalition. She most recently (and proudly!) co-produced, wrote and directed a children's show with the Artist Direction of Jennifer Alvarez for her children's program, "The Philadelphia HoopStarz." Tara is a producer for the Return to Roots Showcase, a variety show culminating at the end of a Yoga and Hoop Dance Festival which occurs every summer. She is also the author of 2 blogs that catalogue the adventures of her hoop journey,"Flowtography," and, "Floetry," which harnesses her more poetic side. Check them out at http://taraadelizzi.tumblr.com/ and http://bikiniscousin.tumblr.com/

Brad "Rufio" Goldberg

Hoop

Brad has been a hoop performer since 2010 and is originally from Philadelphia. He is best known for his classes taught at Return to Roots

Katie Emmit

Hoop & Visual Artist

Katie Emmitt (born in Guam, 1992) grew up in Annapolis, MD. She received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work spans across mediums – from performance art and fiber work to drawing and painting -- and mainly expresses ideas surrounding science, nature, spirituality, and Sacred Geometry. She is also a flow artist and maintains the meditative purpose of flow arts within her dance.

Kayla Smith

Hip Hop Hoop

Kayla has been hooping for over eight years and spent the last three infusing hip-hop into her hooping. You can check out her dance to 'Fancy' to see what her style is like.

Chris Stopherson

Poi, Mini Hoop Tech

Over baked spunana bred, circus freak a leakin twerkasore-ass shakin lazy to the bone, just as crazy, flowin daily, failing, falling, funking, ferkin. Chris is a local spinner who has been teaching workshops with SpinCo since 2014. 

Suzy Brown

Certified Pilates 

Suzy Brown has invented the workout "Pilates with Props" which features traditional Pilates exercises combined with spinning or juggling props. She is a certified veteran instructor.

Noel Yee

Vulcan Tech Gospel

One of the most important figures of the modern flow arts scene, Noel Yee has had a strong hand in the evolution of flow arts culture and brings a unique understanding of object manipulation to the table. With thousands of students over his eleven years of training, you can’t go wrong with a class from Noel. In addition to his performing career and quality instruction, Noel is part owner and founder of many notable events, performance troops and flow arts companies including Flow Arts Institute, FireDrums, Kinetic Fire, Vulcan Crew, Foreways Project, Vulcan DVDs, Give Props Documentary, is the director of the Flow Show Project and is a board member of the International Juggling Association. 

http://noelyee.com/

Josh Architorture

Contact Clubs

Josh has been seen spinning clubs at festivals like PEX & Return to Roots. 

Patrick K-hill

Poi

Patrick has taught at many festivals and is used to adjusting learnings so that everyone comes away with new techniques, exciting challenges, and fun tricks. He has most recently taught at Fahrenheit Flow Arts Festival.

Glo Guardiola

GoGo Dance, Hoop

Gloria Guardiola (Glo Bird) is an experienced performing arts professional and hoop dance instructor with a mission to inspire her students to seek greater skill, confidence, while retaining the utmost poise while on stage. She is a member of the performance troupe Happy Is and has also performed at SpinCo's Renegade Runway.

Matthew Porretta

Hoop

It was in the Spring of 2012 on the campus of South Jersey’s Rowan University, that the circle first rolled into Matt Porretta’s life -- well, it was actually 1/5th of a circle to be exact. From humble, community-rooted beginnings of a hoop shared amongst 5 close friends; Matt quickly fell in love with the art of flow, acquired one of his very own and dedicated every second of his free time to either hooping or scouring YouTube for inspiration. From there it wasn’t much longer than a few weeks until it became to hard picture him without a hoop somewhere on-or-around his person, and around campus friend & stranger alike knew they were watching a true prodigy.


Around the same time that Matt was coming into his own as a hooper the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe Audition videos were impressing the hoop community nationwide; and just like that, as soon as Matt saw an audition tape he had set his first major goal as a flow-artist: joining the 2013 Hoop Troupe. For the next 3 seasons the only things on Matt’s mind were circles and the beautiful Sherwood Forrest of Rothbury, Michigan -- and he channeled that energy into nearly a full year of practice and exploration -- spinning hoops, making lifelong friends and engaging in incredibly rewarding creative collaborations all along the way.


Finally after a year of the most enjoyable sort of training he could have ever hoped for, Matt Porretta managed to encapsulate the magic of his first year with the hoop in the form of the 3-minute audition tape that we had been dreaming of all this time. The feeling of capturing the essence of not only Matt Porretta the performer, but Matt Porretta the person, was more rewarding than he had ever imagined; and as soon as he posted his entry he felt his first chapter as a hooper come full circle. The next few weeks were spent obsessively checking Youtube and Gmail, culminating in the acceptance letter and of course the Electric Forest 2013 performance that Matt had worked so hard to earn. The whole experience was surreal and fulfilling, and before Matt even made it back to New Jersey he had set a new goal for himself: sharing his experience and passion with the hoop community worldwide! Which brings us to right about here…

“I’m beyond excited to begin the next chapter in my journey and hope to continue to share it with each and every one of you. Love&Light”
-Matt Porretta

Nick Minton

Hoop, Slackline

Nick Minton is a ninja of all trades. He is an extreme sports enthusiast and performer who is travelling the country spreading the hoop love

Krstena Vas

Fans, Hoop

Krstena brought the first fan workshop to SpinCo in 2015. She is member of the fire dance troupe Lux Arati.

Greg Haskins

Contact Poi

Greg Haskins discovered poi in the summer of 2011. This Boston based flow artist, teacher and performer is devoted to practice and technical mastery. His devotion shines through in his skills and he has served as an inspiration to many. Greg attended Wombat in 2014 and since then has gone on to teach and perform at Fahrenheit, The New England Flow Fest, and Mo-Flow. Greg’s favorite quote "Practice until you hate it, then keep practicing. Learn to love the repetition”, falls right in line with his setting into the creation the understanding and creation of new patterns to combine all aspects of his flow arts into a well rounded foundation. Dreaming big and going forward, Greg would like to travel the world collaborating and sharing his passion for contact poi.

Lux Luminous

Contact Leviwand

Lux Luminous created Contact Leviwand and has built most of the frame work for it. She have been spinning for more than 6 years and has been teaching for over 4 years. She runs the Facebook groups Levi-stick and Leviwand Tech. Lux also plays a part in Leviwand.com. Her current project is New England Flow Fest - she has her fingers deep within the community. Lux has been featured as "instructor of the month" for Flow Arts Institute. She has also performed in Flow Show Chicago and Flow Show NYC.

FloFox

Fans

FloFox has been teaching flow arts for over 3 years, and dance for over 10. He has taught at FAI events (Fire drums, Flame) and other fire and flow events. His focus in teaching is fans, fire eating, how to be a professional performer, stage presence, and choreography. FloFox Co- Owns the performance company FIRE MAGICK where he is a full time performer.

Luna

Fans, Contortion

Luna is a contortionist, side-show and circus performer based out of Philadelphia. She loves cats and ukulele.

Lauren Raske

Poi, Buugeng, Design

Lauren Raske (7textures.com): Lauren is half of the creative group called 7textures, that specializes in Experiential Events focusing on design, styling, and entertainment, and how they all layer together. She works as a professional performer and show director for custom shows, and a continuous story event, such as The Ghostly Circus, and features a variety of talents including fire, aerial, juggling, and many more artists. Lauren believes that if it exists, it might as well be beautiful. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

Mike Hayataka (That Hoop Guy)

Hoop

Mike has been hooping for over 5 years and in that time has fallen in love with hooping and teaching object manipulation technique. With his unique style and liquid flow he’s now taking his over 4 years of teaching experience to the flow community. His analytical teaching style informs intuitive, hard to explain concepts, through single technique-based breakdowns. With successful workshops at The Spin Summit (2014, 2015), Kinetic Fire (2014), Flow camp (2015), Mo Flow (2015), FlowMotion (2014, 2015), Hyperion (2015),Florida Flow Fest (2015), and FlowDown Fire Festival (2014, 2015). Along with popular videos online, Mike hopes to help hoopers throughout the community expand their repertoire.

Terry Fields

Martial Arts Staff, Side Show

Beginning at the age of 9 and continuing forward through the past 18 years, Terry Fields has become renowned in his martial arts training, specializing in staff and nunchuck(s).  In 2010, Terry began incorporating Fire Arts into his Martial Arts methodology, professional performances, and teachings as well as expanding his skill set to contact staff, fire breathing, single and double nunchuck(s), rope dart, fire swords, double staves, isolation mini hoops, dragon staff, and the ancient art of Fei Cha.  He has taught advanced fire breathing from 2010-2011 at the Wildfire Re-treat, an established event focusing on the intense and proper training of fire and flow arts located in New England.  In 2010, Terry was welcomed as a performer in the Squidling Brothers Sideshow, a well known Philadelphia based alternative theatre, specializing in circus sideshow acts, where he continues performing at present time. For the 2012 Burning Man event, he was the Shin (director/choreographer/performer) for the Fire Conclave, Aish Tamid, one of a select group of performance artists from around the world who create choreography in dedication to the man. In 2013 to present time, Terry became the Director of Live Fire Arts for the east coast event, PEX Summer Festival - an eclectic barrage of interactive art, music, workshops, and performances.  In 2014, Terry performed in the Swarsky Crystals promotional video as well as fire breathing in a credited role in 2015 for the film Rocky VII aka Creed.  Aside from performance art, Terry is a builder and operator of pyrotechnics (fireworks props), staves/dragon staves, as well as laser dragon staves, taking an intelligent approach to quality product - the creation of props by one who works with them.

Terry’s passion and dedication to his diverse and well honed crafts reflect in these components:  performance, instruction, fabrication of props, and inspiration toward the exponential growth of these art forms.  He is never without a prop, never without creative sketches of his work, and always open to sharing his skill sets.

Wolf Bukiet

Double Staff

Wolf Bukiet is a dancer, a flow artist, a performer, a yogini, and a midwife. She has spun fire on six continents, and devoted herself to the study of body-object integration. In addition to teaching double staff at festivals worldwide, Wolf has acted as Shin for New York City's conclave: Empire Fire Collective, camp lead for the flow arts based Burning Man camp Vulcan Empire and Producer of Flowtopia Retreat in El Salvador. After a decade of heavy travel, Wolf currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn where she performs as Shewolf Shakti as lead of the SubFlow Show. In addition to individual performance consultations, Wolf teaches flow-based group classes, private clients, and youtube tutorials on spinning.

Www.ShewolfShakti.com

Frank Hatsis

Rope Dart

Frank Hatsis is instructor and founder of The Rope Dart Academy.

Purna Shakti

Belly Dance, Yoga, Hoop

Purna Shakti is a certified Yoga Siromani (Sivananda TTC Madurai, India) and International performing artist based in India. She combines teachings learned from a variety of cultural influences around the world. She studies with Masters including Zoe Jakes, featured performer for Beats Antique, and Anita Sapera, traditional Rajashtani Kalbelia (Gypsy) dancer, along with many international teachers including Sharon Kihara and Kami Liddle.

Purna Shakti studies Odissi, bellydance, Tribal Fusion, Kalbelia, hoop dance, Persian dance, and fire dancing, but specializes in Fusion bellydance- a combination of hula hoop dance, bellydance fusion (Hip hoop), fire bellydance fusion, and other circus and fire acts. Master of Sacred arts of Yoga, meditation, and spiritual healing, Purna Shakti finds expression of these deep meanings through dance, performance, costume and jewelry creations.


Matt Mills

Poi, Juggling

Matt Mills comes out of Richmond VA, Spinning poi for six years, he loves to inspire and share. He first saw spinning at a party and immediately fell in love, since then hes hasn't been able to put them down.  He taught at Fahrenheit this past June and performs with his local troupe The Party Liberation Front(PLF). Juggling has been a big part of his spinning recently along with tons of no beat tosses and contact rolls. Spinning changed his life and he wants to hopefully share that with everyone.


Jenelle Parks

Hoop, Yoga

Jenelle Parks has been a hula-hoop instructor since March 2015. She originally started teaching beginner hoop fitness in New Orleans, LA through a non-profit called FitNola which provided free, all-ages fitness classes across the Crescent City. She acted as a hula-hoop apprentice for a company called Hey Now Hooping which is created and owned by Jennette Ginsburg. For a year and a half Jenelle and Jennette shared the sweet gift of hooping in New Orleans by making hula-hoops, organizing pop-up hoop jams, programming for special events and festivals, hosting hoop exercise classes and hoop-making workshops. Jenelle currently lives in the greater Philly area.


TanookiTwirls

Hoop, Yoga

Tiffany Tung ( commonly known in the community as Tanooki or TanookiTwirls) started hooping about two years ago in August of 2014 in Philadelphia . She quickly fell in love with the prop, and started performing a year later at PEX, Soundgarden Hall and Trocadero Theatre. She is 100% self taught from online tutorials and self-exploration, as at first she didn't know anyone else in the community. In that respect, she also started making her own tutorials as her own way of giving back to the community that has brought her so much happiness, to help others progress their journey.


Benjamin Berry

Hoop

Benjamin Berry is a nomadic hoop dancer, instructor, and performer who has been hosting workshops in dozens of cities across the country since the summer of 2015. That year he connected with the online hooping community by participating in Hooping Idol Season 5 and the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe contest, ultimately earning him Hooping.org's Male Hooper of the Year. His mission is to help others embrace their authentic, eccentric selves, becoming more confident, empowered, and embodied through intentional movement and creative self-expression.


Thalia Patrinos (Tippy)

Fans, Fire Eating, Double Staff

Tippy has been performing and teaching flow arts since 2010, when she was gifted her first homemade hula hoop from her best friend. Since then, she has celebrated her passion for fire and flow arts all over the world, including but not limited to: Burning Man in Nevada, the Flow Show in New York City, Ozora in Hungary, Psy-Fi in Holland, and Afrikaburn in South Africa. While the hula hoop will always be her first love, her style and interests have grown substantially with the incorporation of contact staff, double staff, and fire fans. She loves to seamlessly integrate a soulful dance style with intricate tech—especially box tech. When she’s not hurling props wildly around her body, she is a teacher, a writer, and a world-traveller. To follow her fantastical adventures abroad and at home, you can find her on Instagram at @to_be_tippy or on her Facebook page, To Be Tippy.


FloWei Fire

Dragon Staff

With a love of flow arts that started many years ago, FloWei Fire has evolved from touring with a New England fire troupe during the summers to a deep love for teaching and wanting to share object manipulation to as many people as possible. Both Vera and Steve have taught a variety of different props, most notable hoops, poi, fire eating and vapor tricks.


Give and Take Jugglers

Juggling

The Give and Take Jugglers is Philly's most reputable troupe of professional entertainers and the most consistent hit with both children and adults for over 40 years. www.jugglers.com

Maurice (Reese) Crawley

Contact Staff

Maurice (Reese) Crawley, also known as "Stoop Kid," has been practicing flow arts since January 2014. The passion and freedom found in the arts has taken him through many different forms of self-expression, but his love is for performance and giving back to the community. From volunteering at the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) in Portland, Maine, to video shoots in Birmingham, AL, to fire performances in San Francisco, CA; every endeavor receives all of his time and dedication. 

Follow Reese on Instagram @treblemakur


Jo

Hoop

Jo Ryn is based just outside Philadelphia near Mount Holly, NJ and is a true jack of all trades. An experimental juggler, apprentice aerialist, hooper, fire performer, and practicing massage therapist for 4 years, she understands the connectivity of body and mind through movement and applies this concept in all teachings. Jo has her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Arcadia University and practices her New Jersey State Massage Licensure at a small local spa, “untangling the knots that people manage to make in their muscles.” She has performed at many local events including Mt. Holly’s 4th of July Fireworks, Burning Leaves, Bangarang, and an upcoming performance with RAW Artist at The Trocadero. Jo is an avid humanitarian and master networker, building relationships through participation in many associations like Dance Strong Dance Academy and while serving on The Philadelphia Spin Coalition Street Team as an Assistant Project Manager. Jo is known to her friends as a “fortune cookie,” and believes “There's nothing you can't do; only things you can't do yet.”


Brie Mealey

Hoop

Brie Mealey is a Jersey Shore native and brilliant muti-hooping and illusionist performer, with appearances across the east coast’s best music festivals like Electric Zoo and Elrow NYC, while performing at AC’s top casinos like Cesar’s. Brie has been featured across the internet including Hooping.org, HoopTricks.org, and with Instagram video views in the thousands. Stilt walker, adventurer, and networker, Brie’s motto is “Don’t look for happiness; create it.”


Anatolia Fire Goddess

Bellydance

Anatolia the Fire Goddess is an international belly dancer based out of NYC and CT. She has been featured in Rolling Stones Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, VH1, and her performances have been sought after by NYC Fashion Week, Tumblr, Google, Fireball Whiskey, and many more. Anatolia Fire Goddess weaves a spectacular story with her technique, creativity and skill. She is notorious for her unique style and custom props and costumes. Her truly one-of-a-kind acts have been performed from Paris to India to Egypt. Blending traditional and fusion belly dance styles; what she likes to call "Neo-Cabaret".


Juan Guardiola

Juggling, Poi

Juan Guardiola is a Chicago performance artist who has been practicing his art for over 6 years,  as well as performing and teaching across the US, in the circus and Flow Art scenes. Taking his manipulations and juggling to the next level, he inspires to push himself and those around him to maximize their full creative potential.


Shade Flamewater

Fire Eating

Fire Eating, Magic, Dragon Taming… Shade Flamewater is the founder of Flamewater Circus based in Sydney, Australia. With over 12 years of stage performances up his sleeve, Shade Flamewater knows how to make the magic happen. Specializing in the mystic arts of fire and magic, Shade and his team have dedicated themselves to creating otherworldly feats. Audiences the world over have been left spellbound by Shade’s unique blend of circus, magic and fire performance. Proficient at card, production and dove magic, Shade also is one of Australia’s greatest doublestaff performers. Considered by his peers to be the best fire eater in the world, expect to learn something you’ve never seen before when Shade Flamewater takes the stage! https://flamewatercircus.com.au/meet-the-team/shade-flamewater/



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