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Antti_Pantti


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Location: Jrvenp, Finland

Total posts: 17
Posted:I had the wonderful opportunity of teaching some 10-12 year old kids to do poi and staff and I even got paid for it. Not with fire but with blacklight and so on.. This was all organized well by my groups director with all the financing from cultural boards and such.First i went to their schools and performed and hoped that we would get enough participants for the poistaffschool. I went to 3 schools and got enough for 1 full course and 1 half course.I teached 13 kids with my partner 9 times once a week and in the end the kids held a performance last sunday in the Forces of Light fire/light event, the biggest in Finland with 4 firegroups performing plus the kids. There was about 800-1000 people watching their show and you can imagine the applauses they got!!! And i was almost crying, they were so cute!The teaching was a lot of fun but ofcourse we had some problems to keep their interest for 1 and a half an hour. 13 kids was actually more than we though for 2 teachers. The other group of 5 kids was easier and they also had more motivation and less distraction (noisy friends) and they learnt so much that i'm planning to adobt those kids to my group. I mean they learnt everything i showed them right away and were finally doing double staff quite nicely.So we had 4 kids doing poi and 9 doing staffs for a good 15 minute show. I think we might get the show on video and maybe even one beatiful day post it here!I'm in a pretty good situation and i basically get my living out of fireperformances and music. This is one and a very fun way to make some money. But you know that the real reward is to see them perform and see the look on their and their parents faces!Building the next generation...Antti, Tuliryhm Etna, Finland

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Frenzie
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 515
Posted:That sounds fantastic!Was it in school hours or after hours?I think watching them would be excellent.Look forward to teachin Finn's little bub one day when they're old enough ..... amongst other things :P

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Naganootch


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Location: Staten Island , NY. USA

Total posts: 172
Posted:ERF,, where were you when i was a kid HUH!!?!?!man i wish i coulda learned when i was little.

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

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Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

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Posted:I'm going to take a stab at Finland, Naganootch.
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Durbs
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Durbs

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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

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Posted:C'mon your taking the pi*s right? You got 10 and 12 year olds doing double staff? I can't do one convincingly!I'm off to sulk

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JyriT


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Location: Jrvenp, Finland

Total posts: 10
Posted:Durbs.. I was watching that show!! Awesome! And they really did double staff! and those who did poi were almost better than me(I think, Antti can aswer that was they)
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AlterEgo
Location: Londonish

Total posts: 128
Posted:Sounds like an excellent project! And financed by a cultural group, cool! We need more cool stuff like that in the UK.Children learn quicker, they're more flexible and they often have more time to practice.One big reason, and why youngsters are constantly showing up older skateboards, skiers, etc... is no fear! Generally the younger the body the quicker it heals and the more abuse it can take without complaining too much, so the less they worry about hitting themselves.

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Charly


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Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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Posted:We've started teaching young people too, and it has been a lot of fun.We construct poi for them to keep - rubber balls on the end of soft cord or rope.They learn very quickly, and don't approach it with a lot of the 'I can't's and other nasty baggage a lot of adults have...Some of our students went on to work up a glowstick-spinning piece for their middle school talent show. We were quite pleased.And the extra income never hurts... we ask a $10 donation for a 1 1/2 hour class. But it's 'pay what you can' - we never discourage people from coming if they're broke.POI FOR THE MASSES!~*Charly*~The Cabiriwww.cabiri.org

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Gnor
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Location: Perth, Australia

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Posted:Great poi for kids. Dont hurt when they hit, UV reactive and really easy to get the kids to make

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or buy them from these guys smile


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Hanz


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Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia

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Posted:Them's some trippy poi!!!

he-ey... I'm still technically a kid (well, one of those weird teen types) wanna come to Australia and teach me? lol

I'm sure the kids would have had a blast. the primary school next to us have a circus group "short circus" I believe, and they appear to have a ball. Even performed in the Commonwealth Youth Games 1.5 years ago


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Gnor
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Location: Perth, Australia

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Posted:next workshop I do with kids they get to make those ones

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Skwirrelle
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Skwirrelle

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Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia

Total posts: 7
Posted:Wow that sounds awesome. I'm currently a school teacher and sports coach but I would love to be teaching these sorts of workshops. Maybe it'll happen one day smile

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Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia

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Posted:I've been helping out with some circus performance guys in town as part of the comm games, and we'd see kids in coming up, grabbing a plate, or my poi, or devil stick or diablo, and pick it up so quickly, it was awesome (not to mention cute as)

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flamin_squirrel
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

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Location: , United Kingdom

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Posted:Hi, as for the funky poi (in the post above) could someone please point me in the diection of the seller (couldn't see the link) or please explain in detail how to make them, also what equipment etc is needed. got a 3 day workshop in the summer and think making these with the kids would be a good idea, they look fab and really safe!

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