The Great Future of Playpoi Campaign was a success!!!

The campaign was a success! We reaised $11,135USD!!! Thanks so much to everybody who helped! What a sweet birthday present! :)

Much love from Costa Rica!


Upcoming Events

I will be offering poi workshops around Europe for the coming weeks! 

Sweden is already sold out, but there is space in the following events. I hope to see you there!

Sept 10-11 - AMSTERDAM
Sept 12-13 - BELGIUM
Sept 17-18 - BERLIN 
Sept 24-25 - NUREMBERG 
Oct 01-02 - VIENNA
Oct 15-16 - HOMBRECHTIKON (Switzerland)
Oct 22-23 - HAMBURG

Oct 27 - Nov 03 - And of course the Poi Retreat in Antalya at TADAH Artist Habitat

The Online Step-By-Step Poi Courses!

I've put 15 years of teaching experience into these in-depth, step-by-step courses. If you want to experience more fun and less frustration with poi, these are the courses for you!

The Comprehensive Beginner Series: This 12-section course is your chance to learn and master all the essential moves and transitions of poi! LEARN MORE!

The Beyond The Basics Comprehensive Poi Course: Take your poi spinning skills to a new level! LEARN MORE!

Light painting in Costa Rica

I'm so glad to have friends to play with! :)


Momentum: A poi related Kickstarter project!

The team behind Momentum includes some of my favourite artists and friends from the spinning world. I want to see them reach their goal! 

Poi courses start soon!

Starting September 28th we are offering a 13-week ONLINE beginner poi course and a 13-week ONLINE Beyond-The-Basics poi course. You can join the course up until Oct 4th! 

If you want to organize a group to follow along the courses together, please go to the Group Leaders Page. You DO NOT have to be part of a group to take the courses. Most people will be taking the course as individuals :)

In Vancouver I am offering LIVE poi courses! Both a 10-week beginner series and a 10-week Beyond-the-Basisc Series

Stay tuned as details emerge! Meanwhile, use the links below to join the Facebook events: 

Beauty that Transforms

My friend Jinju of Soul Flow Arts has released a short version of her Beauty That Transforms video! :)

Beauty that Transforms - Awakening the Inner Fire through Flow Arts and Fire Dance (Poi & Hoop) from Jinju Dasalla on Vimeo.

The Leviathan Studio Retreat Promo!

I am so looking forward to next year's retreat! :)

Ladies of Tech Poi

Whoohoo! I'm happy to see this! Big props to Elizabeth Knights for putting her time and love into this project :)

Also a huge thanks to Alien Jon for sending me the heads up on the video, and for generally telebeaming brilliant knowledge into my brain on a regular basis, and for just being an awesome person! :)

Permission to Poi by Smilie

I'm super, super excited to post this video! Smilie shows us some very smooth and flowing tech.

I think I'm just going to take down that More Women of Poi video.... seems I've been out of touch. There are lots of amazing spinners coming out these days, both men and women! 

Thanks Smilie!!!

Focus on Franziska Neuhause

Franziska Neuhaus has been doing great work combining the arts of poi and cinematography, and it's high time to showcase more of her work on Playpoi! Below are two videos that catch my eye. The second video is super simple yet somehow I really like it!

FairyWings in the Woods, Sony NEX-VG10 and Glidecam HD4000, Switzerland 2011 from Yannick Barthe on Vimeo.

Sunset Flow from Franziska Neuhaus on Vimeo.

Krisztina from Berlin :)

Krisztina sent me a link to this video, showing off some very tight spinning and awesome pirouettes! 

The Looping Videos Project!

Jon and I have another week together in Costa Rica. We're using this time to re-start the LOOPING VIDEO PROJECT! (Ta-daaaaa!)

This project started years ago when Jon, Dan, Tea-Faerie, and I were all here in Costa Rica. We spent the time visioning various useful community resources, including looping videos and a poi community map of the world. 

In 2010 a group of us even videotaped a bunch of loops. The project has been passed around and put on the back-burner many times for various reaons, including troubles with the website. We think looping videos will be useful in at least a couple ways:

1) When embedded along with full-length tutorials, a looping video player will help people see and practice the final pattern, steps towards the final pattern, and variations of the final pattern. (Imagine a looping-video playlist player, which can stay looping on any lead-up as long as you want, and any variation!)

2) When used as amimated-looping-thumbnails, the looping videos will provide a simple and effective way to explain any pattern (no more, what the heck is a swooshy-uppy-thing?) 

Below I've embeded some loops. My question to you: Do you think this can be useful? In the next couple days I will be adding loops to tutorials wherever possible. 

Thanks and stay tuned!

More Women of Poi, or... Else!

The idea for this video came to me after a couple different conversations with women asking why the art form of poi seems to be somewhat male-dominated. Although it's for fun and comic relief, there are sincere issues and good questions at play. The soon-coming round-table discussion raises some great thoughts on the subject. So stay tuned. Meanwhile, I do want to start featuring women on Playpoi more often, so do let me know of your favourite women poi spinners. 

Thanks so much to Alien Jon, Jonathan Alvarez, Therese Tillberg, and Tegan Holderness for being part of this video!