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10-Week Poi Beyond-The-Basics Series, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Oct 8th - Dec 10th

Poi Beyond the Basics Workshop Series with Nick Woolsey

Nick Woolsey is returning to Vancouver to host a 10-week Beyond-the-Basics poi series! This course is for those already flowing with the basics of poi, and wishing to explore DEEPLY into more advanced spinning! 

Note: Everybody taking this course will also have access to the 13-week online beyond-the-basics course for free!

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!

Time and Locations:

Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at 15 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC. The corner of W 2nd and Ontario. Classes run from Oct 8th to Dec 10th. 

Cost: $155

To Register:

#1: Fill out the online Registration Form

10-Week Poi Beginner Course in Vancouver BC

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Oct 6th - Dec 8th

Poi Beginner Series with Nick Woolsey

Nick Woolsey is returning to Vancouver to offer another Poi Beginner Series. This 10-class course will take you through all the fundamental moves and concepts of poi spinning. This is the best possible way to give yourself a solid foundation in 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 13-week online beginner course for free!

Times and Locations:

  • Mondays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Sideshow Studios (exept the first class on Oct 6th which will be from 8pm - 9:30pm)! 15 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC. The corner of W 2nd and Ontario. Course runs from Oct 6th to Dec 8th

Cost: $155

Prerequisites:

  • Patience
  • An enthusiasm to learn
  • A schedule that allows you to show up on time
  • A fitness level that allows for 1.5 hours of swinging poi around :)
  • Learn to cross one poi backwards! You can easily do this at home by making a pair of poi (just put a ball in a sock) and watch this video. If we all know how to cross one poi backwards the first day, we can for sure learn a lot during the series. 

To Register:

Leviathan Studio Poi Retreat, Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada

Lasqueti Island, BC | June 5-12 and 12-19

Join Nick Woolsey, and special guest teachers for one or two weeks on a beautiful rainforest island to enjoy the following activities:

  • Before breakfast: Yoga and/or other morning exercises 
  • 10-12 and 4-6pm: Diving into advanced concepts of dance, rhythm, choreography, and moves
  • In the evenings: Spinning poi, enjoying THE BIG SAUNA, and having an awesome time
  • In between the rest: Being blown away by the beauty of the gulf islands, eating good food, and running around in the rain forest a lot. 

Photo by Peter Paul RubensWhere? At possibly the most beautiful dance studio ever: Leviathan Studios on Lasqueti Island!

Dates? This is a two week retreat! You can come the first week, June 5-12, or both weeks, June 5-19, or if you've been to a Playpoi retreat before, you can come to only the second week, June 12-19. You can also choose to stay an extra day for a summer solstice celebration! :).

The first week will begin with dinner on June 5th. The second week will begin with dinner on June 12th. (And yes, those coming for both weeks get lunch on the 12th) 

Cost: $700CAD for one week or $1300 for both weeks, including amazing organic food! 

Prerequisites: For this retreat it will be best if you're comfortable with all the poi basics

Workshops in Toronto: A Weekend of Poi with Alien Jon!

Join us in Toronto for a weekend of poi with Alien-Jon! 

http://www.playpoi.com/sites/playpoi.com/files/images/alien-jon-faceshot-closeup-north-boulder-park.jpgFinally, after several years and a few tries: Alien Jon will be in Toronto as guest teacher on May 23 & 24! The event is being organized by KW Flow. Don't miss it!
(check out the Facebook Event)

All sessions will incorporate body & spatial awareness exercises, partner / group exercises, concepts, applied techniques, plus fun & shenanigans!

Workshops will take place at Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor.
Go to the EventBrite page for ticketing reservations.

 

Session 1: Poi Foundations

May 23, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Suitable for experienced beginners and up. 

(See Nick's prerequisit video to find out if the 1st session is right for you.)

 

Some of what we'll cover:

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 :)

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 mills 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.