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Improving extended poi circles

Extended circles are one of those things that look beautiful and easy, and yet they're not so easy to make beautiful! Here are some tips :)

Learn all the poi basics in an 8-week online course!

April 6th - May 30th, 2014

Join me (Nick Woolsey) and an international group of peers for an 8-week online poi-basics course, to learn or deepen your skill with all THE BASIC MOVES OF POI! (As defined by me :)

Each Monday for 8 weeks I will post a week's worth of poi lessons. I will also post review and homework videos and host live practice jams (using Google hang-outs). At any time you can submit video questions and I will answer them as long as you follow the "rules" below. 

The lessons will cover all the basic moves of poi such as weaves, windmills, butterfly, fountain, etc., along with lots of tips on how to master them. So for those of you who already know some moves, this course is a way to deepen your control of planes, rhythm, and freedom of movement. 

Once I post the videos, they will stay posted. Practice jams will be at various scheduled time slots each week. You can submit video questions at any time. 

Interested? Then read on!

Smoothing out the 5-beat weave

Here are some tips on smoothing out and beautifying the 5-beat weave. A big thank to Ted Holland for sending me the video question and for supporting the Great Future of Playpoi Campaign! 

Turning with Straight Planes: Summary of Variations

Summarizing a bunch of ideas during a Poi Love Camp session

Turning with Antispin Opposites: The Rhythm Approach

There are many ways to approach learning antispin flowers. In this video we look at the rhythm approach to antispin opposites. 

The rhythm of flowing with weave-turns and 4x4 fountains

Here we continue our look at moving with the rhythm, focussing on flowing between turning with weaves and the 4x4 fountain...

How to Learn a 3-Beat Weave with your Feet

Yup, it's been done by many and you can do it too! 

 

How to learn handstands: Intro

Introducing a series on holding a steady handstand! :)

Unlocking motor-skills: The Finger/Foot game!

It really helps to work out an approach to unlocking motor skills. Here we look a finger/foot coordination game to talk about focus points and mode-switching.

Using a wall to master mils and reels

Often people do even the simplest moves a bit sloppy. Here we look at using our good friend the wall to master and beautify windmills, watermills, and reels.

Split-time Chase-the-Sun

In this video we look at the split-time version of Chase-the-Sun

2 in 1s: Left/right independence, transitions, and freedom of expression

2 in 1s open up the ability to increase and decrease the speed of one poi, without affecting the other. This frees up your ability to move with the music in many ways, and can lead to stunning transitions when performing.

The finger/thumb left/right game

In this video we look at another fun little game for gaining left/right independence. A huge thanks to Rob Thorburn who showed this to us in Costa Rica, 2012! :)

The stall right stall left game. HUGE for freedom of dance and expression!

In this video we look at a whole progression of exercises of stalling the right poi, then the left, then the right, then the left, in a variety of positions. This will significantly free your right from your left, and teach you to switch modes at any point in time no matter what you're doing... and more! This is super CORE!

Theory and a Game on Right/Left Independence

Learning to seperate your left arm from your right is obviously a big part of gaining skill with poi. Here we look at some theory and a fun game!