Nick

Netherlands: Poi at the Psy-Fi Festival!

August 28 - Sept 1st: The super friendly folks at the Psy-Fi Festival in The Netherlands have invited me to peform and to teach workshops. Looks like it may be lots of fun. I haven't made it to any music festivals for a couple years... so time for some dancing! 

I'll be performing at the opening ceremonies and teaching both beginner and intermediate/advanced poi workshops. More details coming in a couple months. If it sounds fun, go check out their Facebook Event Page.

Poi-Fu for Capped Swoopy Swoops

Swoopty Swoop Switchy Backsies are based, deeply, on some good poi-fu!

Some Philosophy Regarding Attitude

Some moves can be learned in a day or a week, or even 15 minutes. Some other patterns, like flowers or the Floopy-Floop Switchbacks can take months or years. But with the right attitude there's nothing frustrating about that. It can be a very rewarding journey. In this video I share some thoughts about attitude using my own journey with guitar and singing as an example, and a beautiful piece of music I hope to some day play well! The guitar piece is Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi - arranged for guitar by Les Cheetham and I invite you to watch the whole thing!

Capped Swoopty-Swoop Switchbacks (Opposite CAPs Switchbacking w/ 4-Petal Antispin/Extension)

I've been getting requests for something more advanced, so here we're looking at a pattern that uses several different skills together. It will take several videos to go over all the lead-up skills, and then I'll post a video showing how to put it all together. Enjoy!

Opening into Extended Whirling from Weaves and Windmills

Opening into extended whirling is fun. It's like flying. It's like having super powers. It's like... space bending. To do it well takes some practice and patience! Here's how...
 

Exiting Spiral Wraps

Getting into spiral wraps is one thing, exiting them well is another. The good news is that there's a trick that works for most people, Big thanks to Andy Hoenigschmid who showed me this trick at the Poi Studio years ago! :) :)

Wall Planes, Saloon Doors, and Orbing: Important Prerequisites for Lots of Poi Goodness!

Control of your planes is essential to a lot of great poi spinning patters. In this video we look at "Saloon Doors," an approach to gaining skill through a full range of motion around the axis of wall planes. This will be a prerequisite for several other poi patterns and explorations!

4X4 Fountain + a Special Way to Turn with the Weaves = A Beautiful Flow

In this poi lesson we look at how to turn with the weaves high on one side and low on the other, which creates a poi pattern that looks much like the 4X4 fountain. Flowing between these high-low weavs and the 4X4 results in a beautiful flow!

The Best Video Yet on Learning the 4X4 Fountain: Now You Have No Excuses! :)

The 4x4 fountain is by far my favourite version of the fountain. If you don't know it you're missing out. This video is how I now teach it after ten years of teaching poi!

Getting Started with Poi Flowers

Poi flowers are great. They feel good, they look good, and they require you to develop skill with your planes and rhythm everywhere you can reach your arms. But  playing with flowers takes time! This video shows you how to get started.

No-Beat Windmill, Milled 2-Beat Weaves, and other Tips for Mastering Mills

Mills are split-time same-direction patterns where the poi are crossing front to back of your body. If you want to play with mills with confidence and grace, it helps to learn to control rhythm and planes behind your body. In this video we start looking at how and why.

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! :)

The Poimeggberg Vision (Permaculture Poi Camp!)

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

Bremen Mixed Level Poi Workshop: Oct 10

Bremen Mixed Level Poi Workshop, Oct 10

In this 3-hour mixed level poi workshop we will look at the core skills of planes, body movement, and rhythm required to learn poi moves. Although we will learn several moves in the process, the real objective is to make sure you know how to keep learning! 

Note: During the last hour of the workshop we will be exploring more advanced concepts. 

Prerequisites: For this workshop you must already know at least the forwards 3-beat weave. If you're a complete beginner you can make a pair of poi and follow our online poi beginner series to get started. Don't worry, you can learn the 3-beat weave in a week, so there's nothing stopping you from taking these workshops! :)

Time: 19:00-22:00

Location: Schule am Leibnizplatz, Schulstr. 24, 28199 Bremen

Cost: 30EUR 

To Register: Fill out the Google Registration Form!

Please contact us if you have any questions!