If you want to organize a group to follow along the courses together, please go to the Group Leaders Page. You DO NOT have to be part of a group to take the courses. Most people will be taking the course as individuals :)
Franziska Neuhaus has been doing great work combining the arts of poi and cinematography, and it's high time to showcase more of her work on Playpoi! Below are two videos that catch my eye. The second video is super simple yet somehow I really like it!
Jon and I have another week together in Costa Rica. We're using this time to re-start the LOOPING VIDEO PROJECT! (Ta-daaaaa!)
This project started years ago when Jon, Dan, Tea-Faerie, and I were all here in Costa Rica. We spent the time visioning various useful community resources, including looping videos and a poi community map of the world.
In 2010 a group of us even videotaped a bunch of loops. The project has been passed around and put on the back-burner many times for various reaons, including troubles with the website. We think looping videos will be useful in at least a couple ways:
1) When embedded along with full-length tutorials, a looping video player will help people see and practice the final pattern, steps towards the final pattern, and variations of the final pattern. (Imagine a looping-video playlist player, which can stay looping on any lead-up as long as you want, and any variation!)
2) When used as amimated-looping-thumbnails, the looping videos will provide a simple and effective way to explain any pattern (no more, what the heck is a swooshy-uppy-thing?)
Below I've embeded some loops. My question to you: Do you think this can be useful? In the next couple days I will be adding loops to tutorials wherever possible.
The idea for this video came to me after a couple different conversations with women asking why the art form of poi seems to be somewhat male-dominated. Although it's for fun and comic relief, there are sincere issues and good questions at play. The soon-coming round-table discussion raises some great thoughts on the subject. So stay tuned. Meanwhile, I do want to start featuring women on Playpoi more often, so do let me know of your favourite women poi spinners.
Thanks so much to Alien Jon, Jonathan Alvarez, Therese Tillberg, and Tegan Holderness for being part of this video!