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Brenn
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Posted:First post! Yay!



Anyways, a question to kick off the new board:



Do you draw from a style of dance or martial art when you fire twirl? Did either of the two disciplines lead you to fire twirl? Or vice versa?


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ElectricBlue
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Posted:Eeeeep cool. Every time i log on there is some thing different

I {Heart} hand me downs and spinning in the snow.<br /><br />

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Gnor
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Posted:Thinks Durbs and Clare will be impressed

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Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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Malcolm
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Posted:I just looked up an old poll we did years ago.

Poll Title: Do You Have Martial Arts Experience?
No 50.8% (221 Votes)
Yes 49.1% (214 Votes)
Total Votes: 435

Seems to be a big connection there.


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ElectricBlue
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Posted:no martial arts for me.
Although i have a background in dance i did not start poi as a dance thing more as a manipulation thing kinda like juggling, but now i think my poi style is a lot more dance based.


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Coma
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Posted:For me personally it was just the fire twirling that caught my eye.
But I do have experience with both martial arts as diffirent styles of dance.

But I have noticed that for a larger part, the way I move is drawn from my experience with contemporary dance.


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Gayle......!
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Posted:I come from a competitive dance and teaching background. I used to compete in disco comps all over the UK and then moved onto teaching disco classes and private lessons.
I then got a teaching qualification from the keep fit association which meant i did a year of study into anatony and phyisology and dance theory based on laban interspersed with teaching technique and practical assessments - so i understand what bodies do and how - so basically what happens underneath the spinning.

So yeah, my spinning is mostly all dance based with a lot of emphasis on what is happening behind the props.

Just for a laugh, here is me at a show a few years ago:


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Posted:Dancers vs. techies? wink

Yes I draw from a martial arts and a dancers background - yet not having received any significant education in any of them shrug


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Glåss
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Posted:OH my god Gayle, you've made my day smile and its only 8:18 am
were you dancing to goldeneye?
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and when is your dance workshop next week?


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Posted: Written by: Brenn

Do you draw from a style of dance or martial art when you fire twirl? Did either of the two disciplines lead you to fire twirl? Or vice versa?



Nope, nope and nope biggrin

Ive never done martial arts, Ive wanted to when I was a kid, I think it was to stop me feeling so small, but I never took it up.

When I spin, I dont really think about how I move, unless im really trying to, but in that case I still dont mentally think what I will do next - I just put more emphasis into moving. confused


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Gayle......!
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Posted:Yep. We were dancing to Kym Mazelle - Searching for the golden eye. The person behind me is my mum if anyone is interested! I won't be at Bristol during the day for the convention, only after work i'm afraid frown

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UCOF
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Posted:Were you and your mother "conforming"? wink

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Gayle......!
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Posted:yes Jon. I was conforming, but not touching base wink

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Posted:Well, I think its nice to see some people being pro-active these days.

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Gayle......!
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Posted:ubblol offtopic ubblol

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Brenn
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Posted:ubblol Blaaardy haayelll Gayle! You're bendy! eek

Some months ago I almost got to that point of stretchiness...but then i got sick and slacked off ubblol


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fake teeth and glue
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Posted:martial arts...hmm...yes i suppose.

dance...! hell yeah (not really, although i do like to boogey)

incorporated into poi?...i cant be the judge of that...except when i boogey and poi at the same time...BOOGEYPOI! biggrin


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Invader Xan
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Posted:I did tai chi for a while. Most of my footwork while spinning is still based on the balance and postures I learned doing that.

Not to mention the warmup stretches... biggrin


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Gnor
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Posted:wwwwhoaahh Gayle. Post some more pics!

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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Antti_Everything
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Posted:I did martial arts (kung fu) at the time I started to spin. And so I wanted to learn to use a staff for both of these reasons. But I never tried to do martial arts style spinning. Even though in one show ages ago we did have one pretty tight fighting scene with big fire staffs based on my kung fu experience. And I used my experience again when coreographing fire for a musical.

Never been a dancer and never took classes. But I will work with a dance coreographer for a small project soon.


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The Misguided Oracle
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Posted:I haven't had much in terms of martial arts or dance training. but i find that i unknowingly draw alot (sometimes more that i'm willing to admit) from martial arts movies. Still trying to find some sort of sweet middle ground.

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fake teeth and glue
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Posted: Written by: Invader Xan


I did tai chi for a while. Most of my footwork while spinning is still based on the balance and postures I learned doing that.

Not to mention the warmup stretches... biggrin



what style did you do?


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Invader Xan
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Posted:Yang style, I think. Learning the 24 form kata. It was a few years ago now... I never made it on to the 48 form or the sword forms.

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Posted:I'm actually planning on taking up Hapkido on Monday. I have bought the uniform, cane, and everything else needed for the class.

Aside from what I already know, I think that martial arts, primarily Tai Chi, is a good mix for poi, or any performing arts for that matter


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Posted:xan: yang style, i knew someone who did that (as well as other styles)...why did you give up? or do you (as in my case) still practice but at home or with friends, rather than going to classes?

RaveRepresent: yeah, tai chi is good (as are others martial arts and dance), stops you being so...falloverallot when doing stuff.
good luck with the hapkido ubbrollsmile


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Invader Xan
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Posted:I gave up because I was in my final year at Uni and really needed to concentrate on my coursework. ubblol
Planning on taking up lessons again soon though. It's been too long! biggrin

I've also been thinking about capoeira...


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Posted:yeah, my little sister does capoeira, i really like it, don't seem to be anyone teaching it around here though. rolleyes

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Posted:Yay for Capoeiristas and those who hand them burning staff biggrin

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squarefish
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Posted:Hey Xan:
Nice Gort!


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Invader Xan
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Posted:Thanks man... Gort shall return after a brief piratical interlude. biggrin

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Petalchild
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Posted:I've been doing tae kwon-do for 10 years and just recently started with poi - still struggling with weave though. I can get a butterfly, reels etc but I can't get that the under arm after going over without it getting tangled. aaaah frustration xx

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