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Beginner Dance Poi Series

Beginner Dance Poi Series BegDance2023
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Thank you for you're interest in the Poi Fire Dancing: Beginner Poi Dance Class series from Temple of Poi. With over 3.5 hours of teaching material, the course is modeled after our in person 4 week beginner poi dance series. Each class has multiple lessons and the full material for each class is taught, reviewed, and discussed in live class format in 80-90 minutes weekly over 4 weeks. The videos offered in this course less time as there is a live performance element and additional follow the flow sections in the live course.

Note: For best results, please do the lessons in the recommended order as the material builds on itself.

Where the Beginner Moves course teaches the alphabet of poi (think the home row on the keyboard rather than the full extended character set), the Beginner Dance course teaches the poetry of poi -- more like the Cat in The Hat than Moby Dick. This course is designed for fledgling poi artists competent with at least 2/3 of the 50+ moves and combinations taught in Temple of Poi’s Beginner Poi Moves class series (review those moves here with a free download of both the manual and final follow the leader video covering the course content) who are:  

  • looking to understand how to create an effective performance; move through beginner transitions; begin developing their performance style; and be able to execute a novice performance competently (not on fire); and/or
  • want an organized, comprehensive, step-by-step, pedagogy-driven learning structure for the fundamentals of poi.


Class 0

This collection of videos and essays are divided into two different types of lecture material. The first set covers poi theory regarding performance & movement frameworks while the second group covers perspectives on mindset & practice. Topics include: the Temple of Poi turning matrices; understanding direction vs timing vs move type; adding style to execution; how to construct a performance with a limited "vocabulary" (move set); understanding how to move throuogh different directions to best appeal to the audience; bullet time; the 3 second rule; the 7 layer dip; tree trunk syndrom; turns in flow; using a flow journal; the impact of mindset; the nature of learning; how to construct a practice that works; and more. 


Class 1 

Butterfly turn around & Hip reels are covered in these videos and use the following prerequisites from the Beginner Moves series: Classes 1 & 2 hip high transitions in overhand & underhand + the rotator drill and Class 5 butterfly takeouts in overhand opposite and underhand opposite. In addition, the warm up assumes general knowledge of all the material from the Beginner Moves series.


Class 2: 

Whereas class one focuses on hipreels and opposite direction turn arounds in the butterfly, class 2 focuses on same direction transitions with weaves and pinwheels. For artists looking to push themselves through patterns with fewer repetitions, the fast paced warm up moves at a more rapid pace than the 2nd video this week. Artists can start with the slower paced video and graduate to the faster paced one, and/or use both videos as they content is unique in each follow the flow video in this video series.

Class 3: 

Building on the butterfly, Class 3 focuses on thread the needle in both overhand opposite and underhand opposite while also providing a high ROI combination using the butterfly, taps, and stalls. 

Class 4: 

Combining the Beginner Moves Classes 4 & 5 pinwheel material with the hipreels covered in Classes 1 &2  of this series, Class 4 focuses on variations on hipreel/pinwheels combos as well as patterns to connect them together. 

Additional details:

  • Between “classes” students are expected to practice on their own exploring both the class material taught each week and in weeks prior as well as whatever seems fun for them. 
  • While structured learning following the course curriculum is advised, it is equally if not more important for practitioners to do what is fun for them to keep them inspired, creative, and engaged. 
  • Students attending this class in person typically practice a minimum of 45 minutes outside of class to keep pace with more than the majority of the material covered although best results are achieved with a more substantial practice commitment of at least double that timeframe.
  • In person students who commit to 1.5-2.5 hours outside of class each week are, on average, able to walk out of the series with 90+% of the course content and a good sense of just about all the material covered throughout the series as well as keeping pace with the final follow the leader flow in class 4
  • Students are encouraged to make a weekly commitment to their practice, setting up a goal that is based on a set amount of time (either total minutes per week, total number of minutes per session per week, or some combination of those) rather than a specific set of achievements as students can’t control how long it will take to learn each pattern but they can control how long they expend practicing. 
  • To help support your practice, consider reading the three articles found in PDF format enclosed in this download: How to Practice Starter Guide for Non Beginners; Evolution of An Artist; and 10 Techniques for Getting the Most Out of Your 10,000 Hours

If you're not sure this is for you and want more detailed information, download the manual and final follow the leader video free of charge and give it a whirl:

Thank you for you're interest in the Poi Fire Dancing: Beginner Poi Dance Class series from Temple of Poi. With over 3.5 hours of teaching material, the course is modeled after our in person 4 week beginner poi dance series. Each class has multiple l
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