Sarah_PBRONZE Member
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Location: Southern California, USA


Posted:
Apologies if this has been posted before, but I'm curious how long it took those of you who incorporate dance or some form of artistry in your poi spinning to start moving about with the poi. Obviously knowing technique is very important but I've always been more inspired by those who move about and/or use their bodies while spinning than just awe-inspiring talent.

Did you just move around with the poi from the very beginning, learn the moves then try to incorporate them in with basic choreography, etc?

_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)


Posted:
One of the loveliest poi dancers I saw only used one move, but she danced with it...

Just start moving and dancing from the very beginning... even with turns, or split-time turns...

Your poi is as individual as you want it to be smile

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NathanielEveristSILVER Member
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Location: Melbourne, Australia


Posted:
Agree with Clare.

For me however, it was a matter of getting the move first, then learning to dance with it once I was comfortable. I found that should I try and dance with a move that wasn't rock solid, I would usually end up hurting myself.

I also feel that to combine tech and dance is the best, as it will please both parties and each compliments the other in my mind.

If you twirl with music, it's inevitable that you'll start to dance with your poi, for me at least.

astonSILVER Member
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Posted:
I do the same: learn the move then move with it.

Also, some movements come quite naturally out of a move. For example: turning with a corkscrew or moving side to side with a TTN.

Up to you in the end though. I would advise getting the move right before playing with it. Some of my stuff I had to go back and clean up because the movement I was doing lead to me not being able to do it correctly without it.

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England


Posted:
I think it's a case of each to their own....

Personally, i've never learnt a move, then specifically tried to do it whilst dancing/moving - i just incorporate it into general spinning when I moving and see how it works.
Having said that, I do do the reverse. i.e. if I'm trying to learn a specfic dance move with a poi move, i'll try the dance move over-and-over with different poi moves to see if it works smile
This probably reflects the fact I've been spinning far longer than I have dancing (meaning "styled dancing", not just bobbing along to tunes) and am pretty comfortable with my poi, even learning something new. My body however confuses the crap out of me so merits special attention wink


In answer to the question "how long" - that's impossible to say.
I've seen newbie spinners pick up a 3-beat weave and move amazingly well, I've seen people who've spun for years play for 10 minutes without moving their feet.

I wouldn't set yourself a deadline, or a goal - you'll find naturally that the more you play, especially with music, the dance comes naturally. It's just about being comfortable.

There's also a big side discussion about "performance artistry" - many of my faveourite movers look incredible because they're very audiance aware, i.e. plane control, timing, posture, facing the right way. It always looks natural, but there's always an underlying aspect of "performing" (not neccessarily to anyone, just generally)

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astonSILVER Member
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Posted:
 Written by :Durbs


Personally, i've never learnt a move, then specifically tried to do it whilst dancing/moving - i just incorporate it into general spinning when I moving and see how it works.



That is a well good point. And probably what I was trying to say but put more eloquently.

Well, in my case, "dance" probably is just moving around, rather than actually dancing.

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"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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natasqiaddict
489 posts
Location: Perth


Posted:
I think that after you can quite a few things.. weaves -->butterfly, windmills, waterfalls (whatever people call things) .. just so you're not thinking "Oh GOD! where's my hand suppose to go next?"

As soon as you are comfortable with spinning and don't hit yourself, i find you can start moving your feet a little, just side stepping, then turn 180, and start making moves bigger and smaller... and doing it at arms length, shoulders or at your hips.

Time wise, it depends how long it takes you to get comfortable with poi. Since I never really studied poi intensively as many do now, I started dancing with poi after a year... and would say now, three-ish years later, or is that four... any way, I'd say it would be now that I'd have an individual style or am 100% comfortable dancing to any music or song with poi.

Sometimes you have to pretend you're doing 'expressive dance' with poi, so get some classical music and start doing lots of slow moves and stalls... smile

Hope you find your 'groove'
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WildThingmiss beelzeboss
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Location: Zagreb , Croatia =)


Posted:
one little tip : dance on whatever you can relax most..whether it's jazz rock reagge ... if you're not 100 % comfortable with the music on which you spin..you wont get relaxed while spinning smile im just saying that cause i saw once a fresh spinner ( i was pretty much a newbie that he was ..but the difference is that he tried to spin on some rly ..how can i say it ..tough music.. and he was completley stucked up..like someone was forcing him to spin XD ) ..

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Sarah_PBRONZE Member
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Location: Southern California, USA


Posted:
So far I'm doing a lot of turns while spinning and getting surprisingly good at not hitting myself, but it would be nice to have a mirror. wink I've also found out that I really need to learn more moves; the 3- and 5-beat weaves only get you so far as do butterflies and flowers.

GeezaGOLD Member
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Location: Leeds, United Kingdom


Posted:
 Written by :Sarah_P


So far I'm doing a lot of turns while spinning and getting surprisingly good at not hitting myself, but it would be nice to have a mirror. wink I've also found out that I really need to learn more moves; the 3- and 5-beat weaves only get you so far as do butterflies and flowers.



Your next step is to learn crosses and behind the back stuff.

I move, or used to move like a robot but i think i am gradually getting better.

Zan's Encyclo-poi-dia DVD
"if you stand in one place and never move your feet, you are boring to watch. None poi people would rather see dancing with simple weaves, than see a really technical set of moves"
Then goes on to show a sequence of moves without dance then the same with dance.

This is very true, especially of glowstringers. The waistwraps, 7beat weaves etc look good to me but get boring to watch after they have been done 100 times. My mates have watched stringers and get bored after a minute or 2. Then watch poi people like ronin, nick, yuta, zan etc etc and are amazed and watch all the way through a performance.

Personally i think i need to learn the basics of tai chi or other form of dance

astonSILVER Member
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Location: South Africa


Posted:
Still can not do crossers. :\

I agree with the dancey stuff. Non-spinners prefer it, tech appeals mostly to spinners, who can also appreciate the difficulty.

Or that is how I see it....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


DaZeenewbie
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Location: NY


Posted:
Thanks for the good replies everyone. I'm not even the poster of this thread but it helped. ^_^

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mangomazSILVER Member
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Posted:
Its a tough question to answer as everyone is different....

I would say to be honest that as soon as you have say 2-3 basic moves nailed you can let the dancing and movement begin. To be able to dance with your poi you have to be totally comfortable with them, even if that just means going from forward to backward weave with a bit of variation in between.

A lot of moves themselves lend themselves to moving around to. Split time thread the needles can be nicely trippy and moving them around in front and behind you needs a bit of movement and flexibility from your side (not muscular flexibility!) and I've always found you NEED to move with it if its not going to look really awkward.

Anyway not sure what my point is... make sure you're comfortable with a few moves then wack on some music, toke on the green stuff if you're that way inclined and oooooo wander freeeeeeeeeee

Its easy if you're a lady you can make poi look well sexy!

Oh and also the more that you spin, the more that your mind figures out how to break down moves and how to move between things and do all those crazy things that you used to watch people doing and think OOOMMMMGGGGGG so in that sense you learn to be more artistic in how you put together sequences and how things actually fit together rather than in early days when you just try and shove weave and butterfly together when they DO NOT FIT
So patience is a virtue.

QuestionzYnewbie
11 posts
Location: Tahmoor NSW


Posted:
Well I am only a newbie to Poi but have been dancing( cant really name my style,expressive trance is the best I can come up with) for years now.
I have started learning Poi to add an extra element into my style of dance so when i learn a move(havent learnt many but am enjoying it) i start experimenting with dance moves as soon as I can to find what works and what doesnt.
As dance and Poi are very individual it all comes down to the spinner as to how they incorparate the two.

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NYCNYC
9,232 posts
Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
 Written by :Sarah_P


Apologies if this has been posted before, but I'm curious how long it took those of you who incorporate dance or some form of artistry in your poi spinning to start moving about with the poi.



I'll let you know when I get there...

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Yes, let's go.
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Mother_Natures_SonSILVER Member
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Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!


Posted:
On one hand you've got "dancey" movements and then you've got speed variation, varying the speed may come naturally, it may not, but its something I've seen lots of people ignore and if you're trying to look dancy then you surely should be varying the speed also...

Seems like everyones already answered the question anyway, but I felt a need to hurl that chunk in there anyway.

mangomaz, are you referring to a weave and a butterfly quite literally being thrust together, without any sort of intermediate? I see no issue if theres a transition with a wrap or a stall... but I assume thats not what you're talking about.

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astreaPLATINUM Member
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Posted:
I think it's important to move the body - dance -- when spinning for a crowd. The spirit really shines through. It can be either a transformative experience watching someone spin or it can be a downer because their body / facial expression is tense / insecure.

Moreover, I have come to get bored of the techies (the people with all the advanced moves), and would prefer a truly inspirational dancer that can play in front of a crowd.
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