Poi Spinning is a traditional performing art of the Maori people of New Zealand. Poi has steadily been spreading its charm and wonder across the globe and is now enjoyed worldwide as a performing art – as well as a fun hobby or exercise alongside other forms of object manipulation such as juggling and staff spinning.
Poi involves a balls or balls (loosest meaning possible) at the end of flexible cords that are held in the hands and swung around in mostly circular patterns. You can learn How to Poi with an Instructional Poi DVD and there are plenty of different Poi sets to practice with.
Poi Spinners often employ bright colours and attach to their pois, glowsticks, tails or streamers to enhance their aesthetic impact and emphasize their graceful movements. Usually Poi performance will take place after dark to maximise the visual effects.
Beginners often start out with rolled-up socks on the ends of a bit of string as it’s not a great idea to delve into Fire Poi until you have mastered control of Pois that aren’t on fire.
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