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Dragon_Drafin
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Posted:Okay, quick back story.

My girl friend is a dancer. Theater and stage dancer. She has never actually seen me spin but has seen poi in Hawaii.

She would make the sexiest spinner ever

I want to teach her how to spin, but while she is a most elegant dancer she is concerned about hitting herself. I've told her that its all part of the learning process and a good motivator to learn quickly wink

My fire wicks are actually really big and glowsticks sting like hades when you get smacked by them. What are some other options for teaching someone without going out and buying more toys? (I'm a bit strapped for cash)


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Deamon_Llama
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Posted:For a really cheap option, you could just put something in socks, for example a pair of tennis balls or perhaps some rice in small plastic bags?

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GothFrogette
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Posted:yes i would go with socks too, you could always put rolled up socks in the bottom, very soft if they hit and may help her gain confidence before she moves onto the heavier weights

Life's too short to worry about where you put your marshmallows

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animatEd
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Posted:Being a dancer, she doesn't need to learn difficult moves for it to look cool.



I would say take your time with the basics.



practice making circles in different positions around your body, and changing positions, and timing, and stopping/starting, and movement (seeing as that's what she likes to do).



Simple can look beautiful too.


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Dragon_Drafin
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Posted:Ohh socks in socks, I was thinking tennis balls but those cost money. Socks I have pleanty of.

Thank you all for the advice, I'll see what I can do to keep things simple like LTC said.


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oli
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Posted:even better than socks in socks is rice in socks in socks smile

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They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no

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Dragon_Drafin
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Posted:Hmm a little added weight but still not 3lbs worth of kevlar spinning at the speed of WOOOOOOSH!!!!

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Mother_Natures_Son
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Posted:Rice in balloons in colourful socks is what I use, about half a cup to three quarters of a cup. Helium quality balloons are the best option, it ends up costing near nothing, and the extra weight ends up helping in the long run.

Just teach her about direction, timing and plane and show her how more advanced movements are simply a combination of more basic ones and I'm sure she'll pick it all up in no time. Thats what I did with one of my dancing friends and she was playing around with expressive dancing VERY soon after.

Good luck!


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Dragon_Drafin
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Posted:Well just an update,

We did a little work. We only had about 20 minutes to do anything but Sunday is another day. She got the plains down and I've thought about using 2/3 of my three section staff as "clubs". The thought line there is that since they are a ridged structure they will be easier to control than flexible practice poi/chains.

Thoughts or comments on that?


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Deamon_Llama
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Posted:They are useful for figuring out where the poi heads and strings are meant to go, but they force your hands into some strange positions, and that means you can't do certain moves.

Worth a shot though. At least if you can't get any particular move you can slow down and do it in hyper-slow-motion and figure out how to do it.


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CaffeinatedKatie
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Posted:Understanding basic moves and planes will go a long way, and I imagine her background in dancing gives her a good idea of body movement and space, which is also a bonus. When I'm teaching someone, I find it encouraging to tell people that basically all of poi can be boiled down to chase and butterfly patterns, just in different planes and different beats.

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