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NYCNYC
9,232 posts
Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
I recently have been trying out FLAG twirling. What a cool alternative for poi! For those of you not in the know, flag twirling is when you twirl large pieces of fabric, no actual flagpole... you've probably seen cheezy half-time shows with them and such.It's like poi on crack! Some of the moves are very similar and some are totally impossible! Also, you can't do the same move twice in a row because the flags will twist so you need to immidiately "undo" the move you did (that is, if you do a rotation on your right side you need to do the exact rotation on your left... no 3+ beat weaves!)It's ALL about figure 8s, corkscrews, and windmills. CRAZY! Try it if you get the chance, you'll remember what it was like to be a poi newbie again! It's ALL about the wrist and not much about the arm motion and the weight extend from your thumbs rather than from your fingers.It seems to be influencing my poi style in a positive way, it's much easier to dance and move about. Also ZERO pain for messing up factor. Actually, it's impossible to really mess up as you cant tangle or hit yourself, you just keep going and the flags follow.Just wanted to share. Anyone know any flag sites? I'm certainly not ditching poi in the least, I think this will make me a much better poier in the future...

Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]


jo_rhymesSILVER Member
Momma Bear
4,525 posts
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdom


Posted:
i bought some pink angel wings at the BJC, I really love them! It's a shame the wind messes the planes up a bit, but then again, if I mess the planes up, I can blame the wind! biggrin

Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.


JonnyRokBRONZE Member
Look! I'm Darth Bunny!
446 posts
Location: Sunny South Africa


Posted:
Always wanted to try flags, look like a lotta fun!

Do what you want coz a pirate is free,
You are a pirate!
Yo ho fiddle dee dee, being a pirate is alright to be,
Do what you want coz a pirate is free,
You are a pirate!


IgirisujinSILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,666 posts
Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
oooh im all excited about them arriving now biggrin, cant wait!

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?


MikeGinnyGOLD Member
HOP Mad Doctor
13,923 posts
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA


Posted:
OMG, NYC bringing up flagging? This was my first art. I learned poi off of flagging and I still have lots of weave, windmill, and corkscrew in my poi.

-Mike

Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella



A buckuht n a hooze! -Valura


NYCNYC
9,232 posts
Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
OMG, my post was back in 2001.

Did you ever hang with Axis Dance? George gives Flagging classes on 14th street and they're really good. Plus, lots of hot gay guys. wink

Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]


IgirisujinSILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,666 posts
Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
You sooo need a viedo thread doc it would probably dwarf the gayfest's size in a week

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?


alien_oddityCarpal \'Tunnel
7,193 posts
Location: in the trees


Posted:
has anyone else got poipoi flags ( yes...i know they are poo)

they're like trying to spin two pillow cases

IgirisujinSILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,666 posts
Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
Ive just got some, how do you mean pillow cases rave? I like mine smile

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?


alien_oddityCarpal \'Tunnel
7,193 posts
Location: in the trees


Posted:
i mean my flags are huge ubblol i preffer them smaller because they spin a bit faster

IgirisujinSILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,666 posts
Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
But large flags are all floaty and swooshy and fshooomy and fantastic to spin when they drag.

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?


MedusaSILVER Member
veteran
1,433 posts
Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Perth, Australia


Posted:
A picture of me and my flages is now in my gallery...I love my flags.

k8etSILVER Member
Member
20 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
bumping rather than create another flag thread.. wink

so, i ordered a set of flags from here. (HOP) I was really looking forward to them, but now i'm not sure they are what I really want.

1) They don't seem to be heavy enough for me. I want to slow things down because they look so dramatic, but i have to keep it faster than I'd prefer to keep them moving correctly. I'm debating whether to try modifying them and adding weight, or making my own from scratch instead.

2) While they are bright, I LOVE the look of the sheer iridescent ones. And I'm not crazy about the noise of the material.... So, I'm also thinking maybe I should make a set because I can use any material (even if it doesn't hold up as long, not a huge deal. I sew a little, my mom sews a ton. we're crafty and have huge amounts of material lying around)

the pros? the handles/swivels. that rocks. haven't tried spinning flags without them, hmmm maybe tonight i'll try just grabbing the fabric on these and see whether i can adjust to no handles....

So, I only got them this week, and used them for 5 minutes... Should I return them and make my own? or keep them and get used to them? I know in the end it's my choice but i'd like to hear the opinions of others who used HOP flags or made their own... I don't have a huge budget so it'd be great to get a refund or exchange them for a set of poi with tails from here... LOL

thanks ;o)

aka hunnybear in burning man circles
avatar: hunnybear - nj - 06/16/07 (c) abjectphoto


jbooSILVER Member
member
3 posts
Location: Bradford, UK.


Posted:
I know I'm a bit late to this party, but I've got some tutorials on flagging if anyone is interested:



I only know of 2 other people that use swing flags though!

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