Berlin Poi Riot

In Berlin I got to meet with the guys from Pyroterra/Light-Toys, the makers of the awesome Visual Poi. We went to a big squat (occupied building) to make a video... but shortly after we started rehearsing a riot broke out. So here's what we got! :)

Note: The Visual Poi are not cheap! They're hand made and designed for professional performers. If you happen to buy a pair or any other products, please let them know you learned about them through Playpoi! :)

Learning to Thread the Needle

Learning to thread the needle well is super important for dancing freely with poi, and it's easy to learn if you keep starting with your arms. Here's how. 

Note: Yes, I realize it's a little overexposed, but the special guests in the background were just too funny! :)

Pier - Late Night Dream

Pier has come to the Swiss Poi and Yoga retreat a few times. I've had the pleasure of watching him go from a good spinner to one of the best poi dancers I've ever seen. Here's a lovely video of him spinning in Milan. 

Oh, and he's the guest teacher in the Berlin workshops coming up soon! :)

The Poimeggberg Vision (Permaculture Poi Camp!)

Who likes the vision of a permanent permaculture poi camp? I call it... Poimeggberg! :)

Tribute to Dan

A tribute to Dan, one of my greatest inspirations and friends ever. Big thanks to Matthew Boyd for creating this.

Philosophy of the Flow: A Tribute from Matthew Boyd on Vimeo.

More on the group LED photo/video project ideas

Some more details on the group LED photo/video project idea. 


Here are some ideas on how to practice the timing with extensions, inspin, and antispin. 


And here is an animation from Florian showing the potential of extensions and antispin! Big thanks for Florian!

Teaching the 5-Beat Weave

Here's one of my favourite techniques for teaching the 5-beat weave!

Pendulum Weave Update!

A ways back we made a video about pendulum weaves (AKA the not 1.5 beat unweave). This shows off a nice variation that I like a lot!

Mastering the Basics

master the basics of poi spinningKnowing all the basic poi moves is one thing, mastering them is another. Below we offer a complete review of the poi basics, along with tips for mastering them. True mastery takes years, so be patient. Feel free to move on to Beyond the Basic lessons, but return to this study guide often. 

Flowtoys Lauches PodPoi: The Best LED Poi Yet!

Flowtoys has officially launched Podpoi! These are the best LED poi I've played with yet! They're soft! The flowcord basically disappears into the poi. They are bright! They are rechargeable! These are awesome! I definitely recommend them! This is a big step in the evolution of LED poi. 

Oh, and if you love me and want me to be supported as I make more poi videos and resources, note the image with the important information related to your shopping experience. But remember to NOT post such information on the internet. If you do, it get's deactivated and that's such a pain! I would love to contribute a lot to the poi world this year and your support goes a long way!

Choreography Exercises to Practice for Poi Love Camp

Here are a series of exercises related to rhythm and timing. This is to get ready for Poi Love Camp but it will be useful for anybody wanting to go deeper into choreography and moving with music. Have fun!


Counting Down and Up Beats with Butterflies


Counting Chase the Sun on a 4/4 Rhythm


Counting Weaves on the Crosspoint


Poitruvian Poi on the Beat


Turning with Extensions on the Beat


Turning with Reels on the Beat


Counting Inspin Flowers

Jonathan Alvarez - Tips and Tricks #1 - The Gunslinger

Jonathan Alvarez just exploded my mind with poi skill, great instruction, character, panache, and all around video quality. Check him out.