Poi takes its roots in the Polynesian activity of spinning weights or balls on the end of strings. It has become a very contemporary form of expression and movement and has been used to communicate, focus, exercise and woo for thousands of years. Perhaps you recall being on a tropical beach and being wowed by their dance with either FIRE or LED props. It is mesmerizing to watch and even more fun to learn how to do it yourself!
This adult class is playful, fun and will help you discover the creative process of movement and your own personal style with this interesting prop! We will be using various SOFT props to develop your skills, initiate movement that will eventually become an extension of your body. One of the wonderful parts of learning POI is learning to express yourself through movement without any specific stylized dance forms. Please note WE WILL BE USING PRACTICE SOFT POI only and no fire is permitted on the beach.
Students will be given the opportunity to prepare and perform at the following FULL MOON SOCIAL if they choose. A super fun way to show off your new skills!
You must complete payment to reserve your spot in the series! Every class goes on light rain or shine. If class must be cancelled due to weather, we will let you know via email up to 2 hours prior to class start. Minimum of 4 participants required to run session.
Our series of 4- 1 hour classes will take you through the basics of spinning POI and learning the ART OF FLOW. This class is suitable for ages 12+.
WHAT TO EXPECT and WHAT TO BRING:
Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to allow time to sign-in and prepare for your class. Out of respect for others, students who arrive 15 minutes late will not be accepted into classes. Once the class starts on the beach our teachers cannot accept walk ons.
Students will be expected to sign waivers before they begin their first class of the season. You many print out the waiver here and bring the completed form with you to save time. We will have a class sheet printed out, please sign in when you arrive.
Poi is practiced in bare feet OR well fitting shoes with straps/runners . All our classes are held on the beach. Depending on time of day, sunscreen is a must and you should apply liberally before joining us for your class.
Wear lightweight, flexible clothing such as shorts, T-shirts, leggings or work-out wear. DO NOT WEAR EXCESSIVELY BAGGY OR LOOSE CLOTHING. Bring an extra layer such as a comfortable hoodie until you warm up. We have public bathrooms, showers & change rooms available right next door. We also have lockers for rent.
We will be using SOFT weighted socks and props to help you learn. NO FIRE poi are allowed on the beach. Students may graduate to LED poi (available to purchase)
Please do not bring your cell phone to the class.
If you have to leave class early, let your teacher know before class begins and take a position to the back of the class.
We will do our best to see that the classes are not disrupted but we are outside in a public space. Please do not bring children to class that are unattended. We cannot watch them for you.
Please take responsibility for the energy that you bring into the space.
Please smile, and say hello to the person next to you.
Please remember that the expert in anything was once a beginner.
Please remember that the practicing is cumulative, ongoing and therapeutic.
Remember why you came, enjoy your workout in nature and contribute to the classes positive energy <3