Poi Dancing: The Beginner Series
4.9 (341 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,241 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Poi Dancing: The Beginner Series to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Poi Dancing: The Beginner Series

Learn and master the fundamentals of poi with Nick Woolsey
Bestselling
4.9 (341 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,241 students enrolled
Created by Nick Woolsey
Last updated 10/2015
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $100 Discount: 90% off
1 day left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play freely and confidently with all the basic moves of poi spinning
View Curriculum
Requirements
  • For this course you will need a set of soft practice poi, plus a way to watch the videos where you have enough space to follow the lessons
Description

Join renowned poi-teacher Nick Woolsey for a 12-section poi course! This is your chance to learn and master all the basic moves and transitions of poi!

Each section of the course will include 12-20 videos, guiding you through Nick's proven step-by-step system of learning poi. The lessons will cover all the basic moves of poi such as weaves, windmills, butterfly patterns, buzzsaws, corkscrews, and fountains, along with lots of tips on how to master them to build turns, sequences, and transitions.

For those of you who already know some moves, this course is a great way to deepen your control of planes, rhythm, and freedom of movement, and to discover and learn all the moves missing from your poi movement vocabulary.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for complete beginners, or those who know some of the basic moves, but still can't dance freely with poi.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 180 Lectures Collapse All 180 Lectures 12:50:49
+
Essential Information!
4 Lectures 14:38

There are several kinds of poi, which you can either make or buy. Let's look at some options.

Preview 05:58

Poi is like any other form of exercise or dance: If you don't take proper care of yourself, there is a risk of strain or injury. In this video we go through important concepts for reducing any risk of injury. In particular we talk about the myth that stretching is the best way to avoid injury. Although stretching can be one of your tools for keeping your body healthy, studies show that warming up and using good technique are even more important!

Preview 02:42

In this video we talk about how you will pick 4 directions every time you follow the lessons, to help you understand how to follow along.

Directions, orientation, and how to follow these videos
03:41
+
Week/Phase ONE
15 Lectures 01:06:53

You'll never not know how to spin poi again. So this is your last chance to play with poi with true "beginner's mind." Enjoy it!

The first thing you should do with your poi...
02:12

It sounds funny, but it's one of the most important bits of advice you will ever hear. The sooner you get over your fear of the poi hitting you, the sooner you will stop flinching and just seeing what the poi do. This will help you to learn much faster, and to enjoy the process more.

The second thing you should do with your poi: Hit yourself, a lot
02:17

In poi there are four primary modes in which two poi or two arms can circle together. In this video we explore the basic modes with the arms.

Same-time same-direction (often called "same-same"): Where the arms both circle in the same direction, in synch so that they are at the top and bottom of the circles together.

Split-time same-direction (often called simply "split-time"): Where the arms both circle in the same direction, but one is up while the other is down.

Same-time Opposites (often called "opposites"): Where the arms circle in opposite directions, in synch so that they are at the top and bottom of the circles together.

Split-time opposites (sometimes called "split-ops:): Where the arms circle in opposite directions, but one is at the top while the other is at the bottom of the circles.

Warming up while exploring the Modes of Movement
06:55

In this lesson we begin to explore the difference between swinging the poi front to back and spinning it in a circle, forwards and backwards. This brings up the important concept of planes and tracks.

Swinging, spinning, and controlling the plane of one poi
05:49

Crossing the poi side to side is the foundation of many poi moves. But there's more to it than you may realize. Let's learn how to do it well!

Crossing one poi forward
04:24

Crossing one poi side to side while spinning backward can sometimes be challenging to learn. But if you take the right steps, it's easy! The trick is to notice if you switch back to forward spinning ;)

Crossing one poi backward
04:38

I cannot stress enough how important this is! Play with this until it is completely effortless! This will be the foundation for almost everything you will learn with the basics of poi!

Turning freely with one poi
04:58

These are the most simple turns with two poi flying same-same (same-direction same-time)

Same-direction same-time turns: high and low
04:46

Now we will learn a same-same turn with the poi passing down behind the shoulders, passing your back pockets

Same-same turn: poi down behind the shoulders
05:42

The last turn in the series is passing the poi up behind your hips as you turn from forward to backward spinning

Same-same turn: poi up behind the hips
07:15

It's possible to cross both poi at the same time. If they tangle, keep going back to using both arms, but only one poi.

Crossing both poi together, forward and backward
05:44

You can also cross both poi while they circle split-time same-direction. It's important to relax your body and turn side-to-side with the movement of the arms and poi.

Crossing poi forward split-time (2-beat weaves)
06:30

Give backward split-time crossing a try
02:04

The world can be your playground and laboratory as you learn poi. Here are some ideas on using the world for feedback.

Using the world around you for poi feedback
02:48

Summary of phase ONE
00:51
+
Week/phase TWO
16 Lectures 01:15:04

All poi movements are an extension of your body. Here are some tips on building good habits with your posture and your ability to make poi-type movements with your arms (poi-fu).

Posture and Poi-Fu for Poi
03:53

"Poi-fu" is practicing poi-like movements with your arms, to develop good posture and body mechanics to be the foundation for poi. As we proceed through the lessons we will ultimately add poi to all the poi-fu movements. By starting with just the arms, you can lay the foundation you need to feel strong and confident with the poi. Trust me on this one: Do your poi fu!

Introducing Poi-Fu, starting with "Poitruvian Arms"
05:37

This one feels great when it becomes smooth, and we'll add poi to it before long!

Turning back-and-forth with arms circling split-time same-direction
04:27

In this lesson we learn to circle our arms in opposite directions, with good symmetry and health posture technique. Don't underestimate how important this is!

Circling your arms in opposite directions
05:25

This is another important foundation-level skill. If you practice this, everything else will become easier to learn.

Stall and reverse #1 - Getting started
07:03

In poi there are four primary modes in which two poi or two arms can circle together. In this video we explore the basic modes with the poi.

Same-time same-direction (often called "same-same"): Where the poi both circle in the same direction, in synch so that they are at the top and bottom of the circles together.

Split-time same-direction (often called simply "split-time"): Where the poi both circle in the same direction, but one is up while the other is down.

Same-time Opposites (often called "opposites"): Where the poi circle in opposite directions, in synch so that they are at the top and bottom of the circles together.

Split-time opposites (sometimes called "split-ops:): Where the poi circle in opposite directions, but one is at the top while the other is at the bottom of the circles.

Exploring the modes of poi movement
06:46

Control of your planes (the tilt of the poi) is an essential skill for learning new movements with poi, and for making the moves you know look beautiful. In this video we play with bending the tilt of the poi to learn a new move: Split-time butterfly! Don't worry if it feels a bit floppy at first. Within a week or two it will feel natural! Just breathe and relax as you play with it!

bending planes, and split-time butterfly
04:53

Learning a move is one thing, making it smooth is another. Here we look at some tips for feeling confident and graceful with the same-time turns

Smoothing out the same-time turns
05:47

Now that you know all the same-time turns, it's important that you practice ALL the variables of how to turn with them, otherwise you'll fall into a bad habit of only turning certain ways.

Practicing all the variables of same-time turns
04:53

In this lesson we explore bending the planes from forward split-time on wheel planes into inwards split-time on wall plane (inwards split-time butterfly), and from spinning backward split-time on wheel planes into outwards split-time on wall plane (outwards split-time butterfly)

Learning same-time butterfly, starting with the arms
05:18

Here we look at the butterfly again, but this time we do it by bending the planes inwards from wheel planes. People often want to jump over the moment that this feels awkward. If you take your time, and bend the planes onto a wall plane in front of you slowly, exploring the awkward feeling part and proving to yourself that there's nothing to be afraid of, you will start to feel truly confident with this move!

Exploring same-time butterfly further
03:53

Here's one of the things you need to practice to learn 3-beat weaves: Circling one poi over-and-under-and-back of the other arm. You will need to practice this until it is equally comfortable with either arm.

3-beat weave lead-up #1
05:44

This is another useful lead-up for the forward 3-beat weave. With the arms crossed, keep letting the bottom arm drop back along the wheel plane to cross over the other arm. Make sure you are mostly circling along the wheel planes at your sides, not along a wall plane in front of you.

3-beat weave lead-up #2
05:14

If you only practice the hardest and newest tricks that feel awkward, you may become an awkward, fretful poi spinner. Most of the poi masters spend most of their time playing with the simple moves to build true mastery. See how free you can become with one poi and that feeling will start to spill into your more complex movements.

Keep exploring freedom with one poi
02:10

Over this course I will often talk about using walls for feedback. Here we use the Berlin Wall as an example.

If you are having trouble controlling your planes.... find the Berlin Wall!
02:20

Summary of PHASE TWO
01:41
+
Week/Phase THREE
15 Lectures 58:39
Practicing poitruvian arms
04:59

Poi-fu: Turning with arms in split-time same-direction
03:24

Stall and reverse #2 - Getting smooth
02:34

Jiggies, or jiggiying, is the idea of using the side-side turning of your body to control the crossing of the poi, rather than using your arms. You can cross the poi side-to-side only using the turning of your body, without your arms helping at all. I learned the term "Jiggy" from Arashi many years ago and I liked it.

Introducing Jiggies
02:48

Crossing one poi front to back, over the head
05:22

Introducing Reels (Looping the same-time turns)
05:31

The forward 3-beat weave
06:21

Backward 2-beat weaves
04:51

Backward 3-beat-weave lead-ups
04:26

Split time turns in front
03:55

Controlling poi with the arms crossed
02:27

Getting cozy with the super important thumbs-inward-behind-the-back position
03:12

Exploring how to circle the hand and poi on a plane
03:44

Q&A: Developing backward split-time rhythm
03:26

Summary of phase THREE
01:39
+
Week/Phase FOUR
16 Lectures 01:11:26
Warm Up
07:35

Practicing turning footwork
04:50

Practicing poi-fu: opposites and same direction split time
05:19

Reviewing turning in a circle: How many steps? Where's the weight?
06:56

Stall and reverse #3 - Wall plane
04:50

Practicing the reels and chase the sun
05:31

Adding poi to poitrivian
06:52

Introducing crosspoints
04:10

Backward 3-beat weave
04:11

Split-time turns behind
03:52

Threading the Needle with Butterfly
03:22

Further with split-time butterfly, inward and outward
04:56

Tips on not getting dizzy
04:04

When to whirl and when to shuffle
01:27

Q&A: Answering a great question about crosspoints
02:18

Summary of phase FOUR
01:13
+
Week/Phase FIVE
16 Lectures 59:20
Turning through a full circle, arms split-time same direction on a wall plane
03:38

Poi-fu: Introducing split-time opposites
02:39

Learning the split-time reels
03:27

Exploring the 3-beat weave
03:08

following the weaves with your body
03:32

Butterfly over the head
04:55

Getting started with Mexican Wave
05:59

Getting into windmill from poi passing the toes
03:36

Learning corkscrew
04:27

Corkscrew and windmill... are basically the same thing!
02:54

Turning between the weaves from hanging poi (if the last approach didn't work)
03:16

Turning between the weaves... by hugging little teddy bears
03:41

Turning between the weaves: Troubleshooting a common mistake
05:51

Q&A: More on keeping poi same-time
04:26

Q&A: Keeping planes controlled while turning with reels
02:43

Summary of phase FIVE
01:08
+
Week/Phase SIX
14 Lectures 49:27
Epic poi-fu warmup and exploration of the modes
04:33

Pirouette progression continued
02:44

Poi-fu: Split time opposites: getting ready to turn (the secret!)
02:30

Keep working on reverse right, reverse left patterns
01:43

Turning with poitruvian poi
03:30

More in-depth video for learning split-time hip reels
04:25

Split time hip reels, counterclockwise!
02:33

Playing with reels, chase the sun, and extensions
06:15

Further with Mexican Wave
04:27

Further with thread the needle
05:02

Slowing down and beautifying corkscrew
04:09

Keeping your shoulders safe during big movements
04:00

Q&A: More tips on poitruvian and turning
02:26

Summary of phase SIX
01:10
+
Week/Phase SEVEN
15 Lectures 01:03:26
Warm up
08:29

Footwork: Pirouette progression part #4
03:41

Thoughts on knee safety when turning on cement
04:21

Knee safety on cement continued
03:40

Stalling and reversing one poi inside a spinning poi on wall plane
04:31

Once you start reversing left, reversing right... let go of picking-a-direction
01:42

Poi-fu: split-time opposites: Turning from inward to outward
03:50

Developing circle and plane control while learning buzzsaw
05:09

The 6-beat fountain
02:23

Jiggies into pirouettes
05:36

Split-time butterfly: crossing one poi out and back
04:06

Beginning to whirl with the reels!
06:27

Freedom with opposites
04:30

Q&A: Making sure thread the needle is smooth both ways
03:39

Summary of phase SEVEN
01:22
+
Week/Phase EIGHT
14 Lectures 44:29
Stalling and reversing #4 (with your arms crossed)
04:40

Whirling with full pirouettes (getting ready to add poi)
05:13

Turning 180º with split-time butterfly
03:24

Fountain with full windmill
02:07

Looping the fountain-with-full-windmill so you can follow along
02:39

Split-time butterfly: taking it further with turning
03:31

Crosspoints above the head close to a wall
02:51

Butterfly behind the back
04:09

More on butterfly behind the back
05:47

Giant butterfly
03:32

Sky Camera view of forward and backward weave plus turning
02:25

Sky Camera view of turning in the weaves next to a wall
01:40

Sky view of threading the needle
01:54

Summary of phase EIGHT
00:37
+
Week/Phase NINE
16 Lectures 01:09:29
More left-right goodness: One poi spinning, the other poi extenduluming
04:12

Keeping body comfortable while hands are behind back
05:36

Reviewing the fountain counter-clockwise
05:02

Freedom with butterfly and opposites
03:52

Freedom with butterfly and opposites continued
02:11

Transitioning between butterfly and weaves
07:31

Freedom with opposites more continued
03:50

Split-time butterfly: turning all the way from wall plane to wall plane
02:43

turning continuously with weaves
03:21

Turning with poi between the arms
02:35

Going further with threading the needle
05:42

Split-time chase the sun
07:02

Working on left/right dexterity with stalls and transitions
04:23

Lockouts and crossy-crossy (which I now call switchy-switchy)
07:10

Sky view of jiggies and pirouettes
02:19

The BIG REVIEW of all the moves so far
02:00
4 More Sections
About the Instructor
Nick Woolsey
4.9 Average rating
339 Reviews
1,963 Students
3 Courses
Poi Teacher

Nick Woolsey is a poi-dance pioneer and a cult-celebrity within the global poi-dancing community. Thousands of people have attended Nick's poi workshops and retreats, and tens of thousands more have learned from his online videos. He is now collaborating with professional dancers and circus artists in Vancouver, BC, to bring a new level of online video resources to the poi and flow arts community.