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hopeless addict
Location: nodnoL
Member Since: 8th Apr 2003
Total posts: 121
Posted:A very scary fact came to my attention whilst dancing one evening...

i was a little wasted and i noticed a strange thing happening to my hands and feet when i was dancing that got worse and worse. the more i got wasted and the upper parts of my brain began to shut down they relinquished control to the more "primitive" parts of my brain. the part that controls breathing, moving and ordering drinks-and to my horror also poi.

now i'd normally be happy that certain poi moves had moved into the subconscious but not when trying to dance!! i found myself attempting various poi moves with no poi on the dance floor. looks very very ridiculous.

anyone else have this problem? and does it happen with people that use staff too? you have been warned.

Ninjas NEVER give up!


remembers when it was all fields round here
Location: in the works... somewhere...
Member Since: 27th Feb 2003
Total posts: 2790
Posted:I do this too but it's not a problem for me. I dance around like that around the privacy of my own home but if out I'd be liable to use glowsticks!

"I thought you are man, but
you are nice woman.



DJ Dantana
Location: Stillwater, Ok. USA
Member Since: 15th Aug 2001
Total posts: 1495
Posted:It's not a problem, hell, that's how I learned to dance in the first place.

we eat and we drink and we smoke and we try!

Location: brussels
Member Since: 22nd Jan 2003
Total posts: 183
Posted:why cant we just "dance as if nobody is watching" ?
... my wrists are extremely loose while dancing ... this will be the poi-part in the dance ... but what the hack ... every trend has to be set by someone ... who knows ... saterday night fever III ... with YT on the affiche ...

ill vote for you !

hopeless addict
Location: nodnoL
Member Since: 8th Apr 2003
Total posts: 121
Posted:Hmmm Saturday Night Fever III, maybe the title of my COL entry?! At least i'll have 1 vote-cheers Florre. i'll just do poi without poi and some glowsticks. Anybody else in?-we could start a new dance craze.

Like poi just less dangerous.

Ninjas NEVER give up!


Location: Ohio, USA
Member Since: 24th Mar 2003
Total posts: 674
Posted:Well, I have never been one for dancing. Liquid dancing is about as far as I go (Anyone familiar should realize how close the hand movements for a weave is to a figure 8 move when liquid or energy ball dancing). So I guess it's not that big of a problem for me. I do incorporate my moves from poi, and yes even staff.


Location: Rotherham, UK
Member Since: 4th Mar 2003
Total posts: 724
Posted:I do the same thing. It doesnt matter whether i'm in a club, pub or even car. A good tune comes into my head and i can't help it!
The art of 'air poi' as an alternative to 'air guitar'. Its highly addictive!

Only when the last tree has died
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realise that we
cannot eat money.

Cree Indian, 1909

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Member Since: 11th Nov 2002
Total posts: 26
Posted:ok - i'll admit it too - i have been known to play 'air poi' from time to time.
Especially while walking thru town passin peps playing drums??...i just can't help myself...my hands just start playn with imaginary poi....i have gotten plenty of weird looks in the past but at least most of my mates are used to it now....

Why be a second rate version of somebody else when you can be a first rate version of yourself!

Location: Australia
Member Since: 12th Mar 2003
Total posts: 254
Posted:he he he
we are all victims of this cruel yet rewarding torture...and i wouldnt have it any other way

If life was a ball of fire...i would be the poi sustaining it

Location: Dorking, Surrey
Member Since: 23rd Jul 2002
Total posts: 217
Posted:Who said it was a problem? it's no problem! I do it all the time when I'm in a club, a funky beat comes on and I'm doing butterfly moves and weaves and pretty much my whole repertoire of moves but without the poi. my friends would be like "he's at it again!" I've had people come up to me and ask whether I was a pro dancer even! I always thought I couldn't dance for $h!t
Just let loose and go with the flow. Don't believe anyone who tells you you look silly, so long as you feel comfortable doing it - do it.

Dilbert's Words of Wisdom -
I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either!
You are slower than a herd of turtles stampedeing through peanut butter!

Oh yeah.... Don't tell the ants


Location: la-la land
Member Since: 15th Feb 2002
Total posts: 2419
Posted:Dance like no one is watchin- ALWAYS - who cares what you got or not got in your hands.. people who mock are just jealous coz they get all self concious and worried about going with the flow.. sod them all - shake dat ass!

I dance when there isn't even any music... it's all in my head and thats all I need - people think I'm nuts.. I guess I must be - if thats what they think.. hahahah!!

I honour you as an aspect of myself..

You are never to old to storm a bouncey castle..

hopeless addict
Location: nodnoL
Member Since: 8th Apr 2003
Total posts: 121
Posted:I have no problem people thinking that i look ridiculous when i dance, i am often known to "shake dat ass" when clubbbing. most of the night usually and have been told i'm a good dancer.

and yeah doing poi does help dancing/coordination etc. but this specifically happens when i get wasted. it stops being dancing influenced by poi and just becomes poi without chain and fire-then it just looks silly. it stops being dancing and you become the crazy inebriated person on the dance floor flailing madly. (maybe not that bad)

not gonna stop me though

Ninjas NEVER give up!

Location: So Cal
Member Since: 14th Apr 2003
Total posts: 23
Posted:I think I have fallen victim to what you are saying, also. Not the part about using your hands like youve got poi that aint no crime. The part I mean is that I was the victim of someone elses misunderstanding while I was using my hands! My eyes were closed and I was having at it on the dance floor and one of my friends (can you believe it!) said, What are you doing, spinning poi?

What? What?!? What!?!
I thought and then I stopped

So now when Im goin off with the air poi, I remember what my first, and so far my last, poi mentor told me. It was my first night spinning back at her apartment outside of Amsterdam where we were living when she told me, Poi is an art of the hands; the ball/fire is just the expression of them. So go on with your Bad-Ass-Air-Poi-Self!



HCH No 2
Location: Chester, Cheshire.
Member Since: 18th Sep 2002
Total posts: 216
Posted:Air poi are excellent when you're trying to pull off a move which would require a chain passing through your neck or torso...Of course explaining what you just did to the innocent viewers mightn't be as easy.

Location: Canada
Member Since: 10th Apr 2003
Total posts: 37
Posted:It does seem to happen very easily doesn't it? I mean, I'm new to poi...I've been at this, what, a month or so? But I've gone out every nice day, down to park and practiced for a while. I don't club much but I have a friend who is 10 years younger and likes to go dancing. So she drags me out last weekend and sure enough she poked me at one point and said, "Nenna, you're spinning". Oops. Oh well, it was fun and I kept doing it. No worries for me as Boo (my pal) is cute, small, and a semi professional dancer so who'd be watching me? I say, Spin! Spin everywhere! with anything! or nothing as the case may be

Xirtam (who is also called Nenna)

And Daddy! They took my boot!

Location: Freo
Member Since: 13th May 2003
Total posts: 79
Posted:no come to think off it I never have got wasted and pulled off air manouvers, but usually when i get wasted in club's and places where I can't twirl. I have a back up plan
1: find some lolly pop sucking glow stik dancing girl and blag her glowstix
2: remove both your shoe laces tie them to your glowstix
3: kick the podium dancer off the podium
Hope that helps