Let's make sure Spark Circus has another great year!

Every year Spark Circus takes games and toys and playfulness to refugee children in Thailand. Many of my favourite poi spinners and good friends have participated! Join me in making sure they have another great year!

Spark Circus Fundraiser 2013-14 from Jeximé on Vimeo.

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.

The Jedi Grip (AKA Palm Grip, AKA Butterfly Knot) and How to Use It!

Somehow it's taken me until now to make a video on how I use a single-loop handle, and possibly only because Jar Harman inspired me to do it with his own video. It's a great way to grip the poi but it does take practice, so maybe wait until you've learned the basics. Enjoy!

Six weeks of poi video goodness? With your enthusiasm, yes!

I've just arrived at a great location for making poi videos! I'll be here just under six weeks. I will make a LOT of poi videos while I'm here (including taking requests) IF I get a round of enthusiasm and poiticipation. Sound fun! I hope so! :D

The Art of Light by Riuchi

A super nice video by Riuchi pushing the arts of dance and cinematography. Enjoy!

The Art of light from riuchi on Vimeo.

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! :)

Pier - Late Night Dream

Pier has come to the Swiss Poi and Yoga retreat a few times. I've had the pleasure of watching him go from a good spinner to one of the best poi dancers I've ever seen. Here's a lovely video of him spinning in Milan. 

Oh, and he's the guest teacher in the Berlin workshops coming up soon! :)

The Poimeggberg Vision (Permaculture Poi Camp!)

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

Tribute to Dan

A tribute to Dan, one of my greatest inspirations and friends ever. Big thanks to Matthew Boyd for creating this.

Philosophy of the Flow: A Tribute from Matthew Boyd on Vimeo.

More on the group LED photo/video project ideas

Some more details on the group LED photo/video project idea. 

Here are some ideas on how to practice the timing with extensions, inspin, and antispin. 

And here is an animation from Florian showing the potential of extensions and antispin! Big thanks for Florian!

Teaching the 5-Beat Weave

Here's one of my favourite techniques for teaching the 5-beat weave!

Pendulum Weave Update!

A ways back we made a video about pendulum weaves (AKA the not 1.5 beat unweave). This shows off a nice variation that I like a lot!

Mastering the Basics

master the basics of poi spinningKnowing all the basic poi moves is one thing, mastering them is another. Below we offer a complete review of the poi basics, along with tips for mastering them. True mastery takes years, so be patient. Feel free to move on to Beyond the Basic lessons, but return to this study guide often.