The class “Poi Spinning and Juggling: How to Spin Juggle like a Circus Pro” is designed to teach the basics of poi spinning and juggling to beginners. The class will cover various techniques, such as proper posture, timing, and coordination needed to spin and juggle poi like a professional. Through a combination of in-class demonstrations and hands-on practice, students will learn how to control the poi, build endurance and dexterity and develop their poi spinning and juggling skills.
The class will cover topics such as:
-Introduction to Poi Spinning: Understanding the basic concepts and history of poi spinning and the different types of poi.
-Safety and Proper Technique: Learn how to hold and spin the poi safely and correctly, and how to avoid common mistakes.
-Basic Movements and Patterns: Learn and practice basic poi spinning movements, such as weaves, flowers, and butterflies.
-Juggling with Poi: Learn how to combine spinning and juggling for more advanced routines and transitions.
-Building Endurance: Learn how to build and maintain the stamina needed for long poi spinning sessions.
-Combining Music and Movement: Learn how to match poi spinning movement with music and create a synchronized performance.
-Performing and Choreography: Learn how to create a choreographed poi spinning routine and how to perform in front of an audience.
-Poi spinning and juggling Tricks: Learn various tricks and more advanced moves and combine them with the basic movements to develop a unique performance
The class is suitable for beginners with no prior experience in poi spinning and juggling and will provide them with a solid foundation in this circus art form. By the end of the class, students will be able to perform basic poi spinning and juggling patterns and have the knowledge to continue practicing and developing their skills at home.
The art of spinning Poi originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It is not known when Poi dancing was created by the Maori, but it pre-dates their first contact with Europeans in the early 1800s and likely goes back to as far as 1500 A.D. Poi is still practiced by the Maori, but for this class, we will focus on Poi as it intersects with the broader juggling, circus world.