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Posted: I'm making a set of poi for an event where im playing a kid so i dont need to be able to do spectacular things, i mainly just want to run around with ribbons following me.
I tried attaching ribbons long enough to make half circles with each poi to some other poi before i make new ones, and found that obviously having such long ribbons limitted what i could do with out tangling. Weaves/waist wraps etc were fine, but butterflies just didnt work.
I was wondering if any one knew how long tails could be before it became practically impossible to do butterflies? And/or if any one could suggest more moves that i could learn instead that should be possible with long tails? (Currently have windmill, giant windmill, corkskrew, 3 beat weave (both directions), fountain, waist wrap) Potentially reels and stalls? havent tried them yet.
Currently cant manage with long tails: butterfly, thread the needle, angel wings.
Sorry if this is a bit rambly... i wasnt sure how to write it
I have a vivid image of Dio, one of my own poi gods, doing some absolutely amazing stuff with decent sized zuni tails.
With that said, I think it is MUCH easier to do some poi moves without tails.
If I had to pick an arbitrary length to answer your question, I'd say tails as long as your chain shouldn't be much of a problem.
The trick with tails is to 'miss' by a larger margin. You might be better off with a thread the needle than a traditional butterfly. When you're doing a TTN, try exaggerating the motions at the top when the poi are passing by each other so they are passing with the most space between them.
I also think it's a matter of what material the tails are made of. Something 'kite like' will easily slip by a slight touch whereas something a bit less slippery will probably catch more.
Hope that helps.
Well, shall we go? Yes, let's go. [They do not move.]