5TH ANNUAL WORLD FIRE KNIFE DANCE COMPETITION

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Monday, May 5, 1997

The 5th Annual World Fire Knife Dance Competition will get underway at Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center on Saturday.

The week-long Samoan cultural event will see knife dancers from American Samoa,

Western Samoa, Hawaii, and the U.S. Mainland competing for cash prizes and world titles. Competitors will be judged on compulsory and technical moves, as well as choreography, pacing, and dramatic interpretation.

Dancers will not be permitted to use oils or artificial aids to keep from getting burned.

Both young people and adults will participate in the event. Judges will select winners in several competition categories on May 17.

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