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Special Holiday Season Offer!

From now until December 21st, 2015: If you buy one of the comprehensive poi courses for somebody else, I will make a special video JUST FOR THEM, welcoming them to the course and saying that it's a gift from you! 

Here's how you do it: 

STEP #1: Purchase either the Comprehensive Beginner Poi Series or the Beyond the Basics Poi Series, and choose "Gift this course" under the "more options" link. Enter the recipient's name, your name, and the date you wish them to receive the course as a gift.  

STEP #2: Fill out this Google Form so that I have the informatin I need to make the video. 

STEP #3: Send me a message if you have any questions or special requests.

I will then make them a video welcoming them to the course and they will receive the video on the day they receive the course from Udemy.com. 

Happy Holiday Season!


Swiss Poi and Yoga Retreat 2016

Emmental, Switzerland | August 14-21, 2016

I'm happy to announce the 2016 Swiss Poi and Yoga Retreat!  The retreat will begin at 3pm on August 14th, and will finish with brunch on August 21st. This year's location: Balmeggberg!

Each day we will enjoy poi lessons with myself as well as soon-to-be-announced special guests. Adrian Wirth will once again be offering us yoga sessions (although he won't have as much time as last year, so possibly 2016 will be more poi and less yoga). There will also be time for exploring the mountains, enjoying the sauna, eating great food, etc.

This retreat is intended for poi spinners who are comfortable with all the basics and who wish to explore both poi and yoga.

*Note: Yoga will include singing ancient Sanscrit Mantras! 


900 Swiss Franks. Includes accommodation and 3 meals per day per person.


1) Simply go to the EVENTBRITE EVENT PAGE to register and pay your deposit. 

2) Go to the Facebook Event Page to RSVP, and invite your friends!

3) Send us a message to ensure we're in contact! 

See you in August!


The Comprehensive Online Poi Beginner Series: 200+ videos!

Join renowned poi-teacher Nick Woolsey for a 12-section online beginner poi series! This is your chance to learn and master all the essential moves and transitions of poi! 

The Comprehensive Online Beyond-The-Basics Poi Course!

Join world-renowned poi teacher, Nick Woolsey, to take your poi spinning skills to a new level! 

Poi Comprehensive Courses

I'm excited to be offering the Comprehensive Poi Courses! Thanks to everybody for so much support! These courses represent my life work with poi :)

The Comprehensive Beginner Series: Join renowned poi-teacher Nick Woolsey for a 12-section online beginner poi series! This is your chance to learn and master all the essential moves and transitions of poi! Learn more about the Comprehensive Beginner Poi Series!

The Beyond The Basics Comprehensive Poi Course: Join world-renowned poi teacher, Nick Woolsey, to take your poi spinning skills to a new level! Learn more about The Beyond The Basics Poi Course!

Vancouver 8-week Intermediate Poi Series

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Sept 17 - Nov 5th 2015

Join Nick Woolsey for a 8-week intermediate poi series! This course is for those already flowing with the basics of poi, and wishing to explore DEEPLY into more advanced spinning! 


Poi Beyond the Basics Workshop Series with Nick Woolsey

We will look at all the types of moves of advanced poi, including:

  • Transitions
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Footwork
  • Expressive movement
  • Flowers
  • Isolations
  • Pendulums
  • Hyperloops
  • Whirling and spotting

Please see our Definition of the Poi Basics to make sure you are ready for this class. Remember that you can use our beginner video series to fill in any gaps. We need you to actually check! I.e. make sure you can do the windmill in both directions!

Times and Locations:
Thursdays from 7:30pm - 8:45pm at OKO Dance, 45 W Hastings



Please contact us if you have any questions.

Note: Everybody taking this course will also have access to the online beyond-the-basics poi course for free!

Vancouver 8-week poi beginner series

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Sept 15th - Nov 3rd, 2015

Poi Beginner Series with Nick WoolseyJoin Nick Woolsey for an 8-week poi beginner series. This 8-class course will take you through all the fundamental moves and concepts of poi. Although you will learn all the basic moves and transitions of poi, the true objective is to ensure that you grasp the fundamental principles of poi, preparing yourself for years of learning!

Note: Everybody who takes this course will also have access to the online beginner course for free!

Times and Locations:
Tuesdays from 7:30pm - 8:45pm at OKO Dance Studio, 45 W Hastings

Cost: 125+GST if you pre-register before Sept 8th


To get excited and invite friends: CLICK THROUGH TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE!

Getting Started: Make a pair of poi and learn your first moves!

Getting started with poi is easy! Just follow this video playlist to make a pair of poi and learn your first moves! :)

Then if you want to learn more, take the Online Poi Beginner Series!

Fire Dance Retreat in Stromboli, Italy, with Srikanta, July 5-11 2015

Join a fun and diverse group for daily poi and staff classes, theatrical games, fire jams and more with ex Cirque du Soleil Fire Dancer & Coach, Srikanta Barefoot & his partner Jen. This Summer’s week-long Retreat on the island of Stromboli combines a full immersion in dance-based fire dance with pristine nature and adventure expeditions. In addition to daily classes & play on a shaded, outdoor stage, we’ll trek up Europe’s most active volcano & sail our private Catamaran to the nearby island of Strombolicchio!

All of us at Playpoi have met Srikanta and can highly recommend his trainings. Also we've heard great things about Stromboli! So check it out! :)

Make a set of poi and learn your first moves!

Ready to learn some poi? This playlist makes it easy!

If you enjoy the experience and wish to keep learning afterwards, check out our free beginner poi series, and our full-featured online comprehensive poi course

How to learn and teach hyperloops

Split time progression sequence

Tips for mastering buzzsaw