Poi dancing - beyond the basics
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Poi dancing - beyond the basics

Dive into intermediate and advanced poi dancing with this 13-section progressive poi dancing course
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Created by Nick Woolsey
Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 16 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Build a strong foundation in the essential skills of advanced poi dancing
Requirements
  • You must already be playing and turning freely with with the basic variations of weaves, reels, windmills, and butterflies
Description

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

Each section of this course includes 12-18 videos. The lessons will progress through a proven system of exercises, with the goal of enjoying complete freedom of movement and expression with poi. Nick will also post review and homework notes to help you stay organized focussed.

Although most students spend one or two weeks on each section, you are welcome to go at your own pace. Your membership will last for years!

The course curriculum will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Group warmups and games for those who are playing with friends (recommended!)
  • Strength and conditioning for poi
  • The fundamentals and variations of poi-fu (arm and body movement for poi and flow arts, left/right coordination games, etc.)
  • Footwork: Moving across the floor, the pirouette progression, the whirling progression, footwork with partners and groups, and more
  • Planes
  • Stalls
  • Crosspoints
  • Flowers and CAPs
  • Performance
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Poi with your feet!
  • The Horizontal Poi Progression
  • Variations of Spiral Wraps
  • To many “moves" to mention (this will often be pointers to existing “move" videos)!
  • Nudity! Probably… well, maybe….
  • Oh so much more!
Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anybody who is already comfortable with all the basics of poi
Course content
Expand all 181 lectures 16:05:28
+ Laying a foundation for intermediate and advanced poi
16 lectures 01:26:36

Welcome to Poi Dancing - Beyond the Basics! In this course we will learn the essentials of plane control, rhythm, poi fu, compound circles (poi flowers), and many advanced moves such as hyperloops, behind-the-back weaves, and many more

Preview 02:10

Attitude! Use soft poi! Practice! :)

Preview 02:44
Poi and your health: Warming up, technique, and stretching
03:58
Ideas for warming up and incorporating the modes of movement
08:24
Why and how to develop good poi-fu and posture for poi
04:27

Let's play with pivoting side to side and turning in a full circle while keeping good posture

Footwork 101: pivoting and turning in a circle
07:15
Stepping with turns while moving across the floor
06:01
Circling your arms in opposite directions... like a ninja
06:54
Introducing poitruvian arms
05:29

It can be very helpful to get specific with how you're actually spinning the poi with your fingers, hand, wrist, and elbow.

Looking closely at how you spin the poi
04:36

In this video we overview some fundamental ways of moving the poi

Spin

Extension

Pendulum

Extendulum

Isolation

Inspin

Antispin

Ways to move the poi: Spin, extension, pendulum, extendulum, inspin, antispin
09:55

Control of planes is essential to freedom with poi. In this video we explore the core concepts:

Bending planes

Turning inside of your planes

Exploring space with your hands with controlled planes

Exploring Planes
12:15
Left/right stall and reverse progression
04:14
(Much) further with left/right stall reverse progressions
03:03
Body tracing preparation: Reviewing the six-beat fountain
02:47
+ Phase TWO
16 lectures 01:07:29
Let's warm up our brains with a rhythm/coordination brain game
05:24

Reviewing pivoting and turning in a circle

Full Pirouettes

Traveling in a circle (patty cake with partners)

Covering space

Steppy step back step…

Practicing turning footwork
04:50
Poi Fu: Introducing Circular Stepping
04:09
Poi-fu: Arms split-time same direction
02:50
Poi-fu: Split-time same-direction through a FULL TURN on a WALL PLANE
03:23
Introducing Switchy-Switchy
05:21
Introducing crosspoints
04:10
Introducing Jiggying
02:48

Saloon doors foundation

Planes 201: Saloon doors
03:11

Explain up and down swings

One circle with turn = down swing on one side and up swing on the other

Now add a circle to each side

So you can't keep turning on the down swing because one side you cross down through the midpoint and the other side you cross up

So the rhythm of symmetrical turning will always be sincapated eithe half half or 1.5 1.5 etc

Basics of rhythm: Upswing, downswing, inswing, outswing
05:56
Exploring isolations
04:53
5-beat weaves
09:13

Just watch and imagine it is your own arms and poi!

Forward 5-Beat Weave: Slow Motion from Above
01:00

Imagine it is your own arms and poi

Backward 5-Beat Weave: Slow Motion from Above
00:51
Tips on not getting dizzy
04:04
Meet the tree: Using objects for visceral reference
05:26
+ Phase THREE
14 lectures 01:06:35

Finger games inside arms

Warming up the body and brain with poi fu
09:47

Variations of turning in a circle

Exploring and understanding cardinal focus points
05:54
Practicing circular stepping
03:30
Poilates - Core conditioning for poi
06:17
The Jedi Grip
04:49
Combining ways to move the poi: Zero points and cool combos
04:42
Playing with the planes of buzzsaw
04:26
Exploring extended poi and flowers along a wall
02:56

No beat windmill

Moses Progression

f/ wallplane splittime t/ buzzsaw opposites

Saloon doors 2

Planes: The one-beat windmill
04:44
Body tracing: Archer weaves
06:14
Challenge: Turning with weaves with clean planes
02:25
Footwork: Adding back-step for traveling
03:56
Playing with two pillars to improve planes
01:12
Q&A: Poi-Fu: Practicing pivoting 180 degrees side to side
05:43
+ Phase FOUR
14 lectures 01:29:35
Warm up
07:06

Modeswitching @ Cardinal Directions

Flowing with Poi-fu
05:19
Combining footwork and poi-fu
04:39
Poilates 201
05:16
Tips for practicing no-beat windmill
03:55
Mastering 2-Beat Weaves: Surprisingly Advanced and REQUIRED for upcoming moves!
07:01
Review and master 4X4 fountain as a mirrored progression
05:22
Turning in the weaves high and low - where it can go
06:46
Dancing with Poi: Rhythm and Reels
16:15

Horizontal flowers to understand petals

Flowers and CAPs
07:34
Introducing the whirling progression...
06:30
Footwork: Turning on concrete safely
04:25
Introducing clockwork: Tick-tock
06:49

Spotting and following continued

Each mode through turns foundation

A fun tip: Practicing split-time with a friend!
02:38
+ Phase FIVE
13 lectures 01:17:55

Variations of Piroettes

Traveling in a circle

Warm up with pirouette progressions and rhythm
06:59
Warm up part 2: Poi fu progressions
03:06
Moses progression
04:47
Combining 4X4 and turning with weaves high/low
07:55
Switchy switchy into wall-plane flowers
04:36
Adding arms and poi to circular stepping
06:08
Jiggies behind the back
05:49
Combining types of poi movement: swing and spin + poi fu = wow
03:48
Isolations continued
06:57
Antispin flowers
06:52
Rhythm and timing continued
12:22
Keep working on tick-tock: Some places to go
05:25
Feedback on behind-the-back jiggies: flexibility and being comfortable
03:11
+ Phase SIX
14 lectures 01:24:14
Warm up
08:29

Buzzsaw fingers… focus points

Poi fu brain games: going further
06:34
Basic CAPs (Capped Antispin Patterns)
05:43

Pirouette turns technique with weights

More on 4-petal antispin... adding turns!
06:33
Nick's favourite stalling pattern
05:35
Back to horizontal buzzsaw and UFOs
03:28
Lead-ups to spiral wraps: Bounce off of arms, then wrists
05:19
Mastering Mexican Wave : Focus on Crosspoints
05:10
Planes: Saloon doors 3 (OLDER VIDEO BUT GOOD TO WATCH!)
08:22
Switchy-Switchy into wall plane flowers from the side, way better video!
04:48
Rhythm and timing: 2-in-1s
10:16
More on turning and whirling with inspin
06:14
Split-time moves sequence...
03:58
The MISSING reels...
03:45
+ Phase SEVEN
15 lectures 01:19:43
Warming up: Introuducing 3-beat weave with your feet
05:43
Making sure you can turn with wallplane splittime opposites
03:54
Poi-fu: Buzzsaw fingers continued: Let's go 3D!
04:12

Variations of Pirouettes

Whirling with partner variations

Traveling in a circle

Footwork: What and Where and When: Making safe decisions and habits
04:21
Turning on cement continued
03:40
Playing with various lockouts from weaves
04:19
Bullet stalls up and down: Using a wall to develop good habits
05:57
Unpacking turning in the weaves with straight planes
06:31
4-beat corkscrew
07:59
Introducing Swoopty-Swoops
02:57
Introducing Tangles, hyperloops and air wraps
05:21
Rhythm and weaves - the choices you can make
14:58
Behind the back weave #2
05:33

Just watch for a bit, and imagine it is your own arms and poi. Visualization can help tremendously with new moves. 

Backward Behind-the-Back Weave: Slow Motion from Above
01:00
body tracing the 6-beat fountain
03:18
+ Phase EIGHT
12 lectures 01:11:05
Poi-fu for capped swoopty-swoops
05:58

Making a 3-beat weave look good from the side is a beginner achievement. Making it look good from the front is an advanced achievement.

Introducing the idea of... the ARM CONE!
03:31

Progression of turning with straight planes with split-time same direction and opposites

Turning with straight planes: A summary of variations and benefits
05:49
Smoothing out the 5-beat weave
05:22

Because even when counting based on turns of your body instead of down or up beats, there's a speed adjustment to be made when switching from 4 to 3 beats and back). It helps me to use a 4 beat weave (or a 3 beat fountain, but that's less fun...) to make the two patterns match up better. Maybe you could do a video or two on making use of "non-standard" beat patterns (2, 4, and 5 beat weaves, 3 and 4 beat windmills, etc.) to adjust rhythm?

Rhythm when combining 4X4 and turning with weaves
06:42

Variations of Piroettes

Whirling with partner variations

Traveling in a circle

Making sure you can do 4-petal flowers
09:55
Learning CAPs
10:02
Body tracing: Adding tracing along the torso
07:57
Sky view of reviewing 3-beat vs 5-beat weaves
02:51
Sky view of air wraps
07:59
How air wraps and hyperloops can be understood as the same thing
02:43
Skycam view of split time arms poi fu
02:16
+ Phase NINE
13 lectures 01:18:08
Spiral wraps
07:12
Flowers: 6-petal? 8-Petal? 5-petal?
05:07

How to beautify antispin with one poi (4 petal, 6 petal, 8 petal)

--How to beautify it (don't droop back petal)

--How to put it to the beat

--Get comfortable on wall and wheel planes

—Box stalls vs X stalls

Flowers and CAPs: Introducing triquetras
08:29
CAPs continued
06:51
Swoopty-swoops continued: Poi-fu plus extension/antispin switchbacks
06:05
Flowers with two poi: the rhythm
07:12
Playing horizontal to understand CAPs and flowers
10:45
Turning continuously through buzzsaw and switchy-switchy
01:06
Sky view of lead ups to hyperloops
07:23
Sky view of lead-ups to orbitals
05:09
Lead ups to hyperloops via barrel roll inversions
05:57
Pendulum weaves
04:33
Sky view of jiggies and pirouettes
02:19
+ Phase TEN
13 lectures 59:26
Stalls and changing directions: Think INSIDE the box!
06:19
Improving whirling in same-same and split-time opposites
06:40
Getting ready for The Matrix - Controlling 4-beat corkscrews
02:44
More on The Matrix
04:06
Split-time Opposites : Rhythm & Turning & Buzzsaw
06:12
Antispin fountain
04:05
More spiral wraps
02:21
Spiral wraps around one hand
03:26
More on CAPs
05:00
Turning with opposites flowers
05:00
Turning with split-time same-direction flowers
05:59
Body tracing: Arm tracing the 4x4 fountain
03:18
A split-time/same-time partner exercise... you'll need a friend!
04:16