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This video made me feel happy! It's so cute! And it's by our friend Thom, who's recently agreed to run a poi blog on playpoi. Thanks Thom!
Moves that make you go "what the?!" make Alien Jon happy. Here are a few flavors of a "what the?!" combo using (not)1.5's and stalls.
My friends Illzao and Banyan just made a trip to Sumatra, to perform a circus show for children, disabled groups, and retirement communities. Not much poi but lots of love and smiles and inspiration!
2010 was a fun year for Playpoi retreats! Here is some recently rediscovered footage of Alien Jon spinning fire at last year's retreats in Bali and Switzerland.
Alien Jon gives us a quick taste of some fun stall chasers in nano Tech Blog #11
I just discovered kickstarter.com and thus a project by Colleen Flanigan that engages the public in art to restore coral reefs.
I've sent her $50 and I'm posting the video here to help her raise the rest of the money. If it works I'll launch a new section of playpoi dedicated to making the world a happier place by supporting artists doing good work in the world. So I dare you, no, I DOUBLE DARE YOU to send her a little money. Let's see if the poi community can improve the world together!
Kasten is one of those amazing "secret spinners" who hasn't put many videos on youtube. He's joined us at a few retreats and now we want to promote him as one of the world's most lovable teachers. He'll be offering workshops in Hamburg, Sheffield, and Aachen. He's well worth a little trip! Details on the left under "upcoming events."
Jon sent me this link to Richard Hartnell's "Meaning of Flow" video. Very well done! The question is... why do YOU flow?
Blair just sent me a link to this beautiful dance animation. I love it!
Poi mind blow! Alien Jon's latest nano Tech Blog featuring meltdowns, turning pulse weaves, long-arm hybrids in split-same, and goofing around with tosses. Note: no aliens or hand-llamas were injured in the making of this blog. :-)
I liked this video just because it shows you can get brilliantly good at anything if you put your mind to it!
Just to show you the potential of playing with circular stepping, here's an amazing video of some Thai guys making iced tea flow style. Big thanks to Mark for sending us the link.
I met filmmaker Michael Stillwater at Cortona Week. He's making a documentary about Songs Without Borders and he asked me to talk about what makes people happy when they learn something, and why I am learning to sing even though I'm "bad" at it.
We've wrapped up our third annual Swiss Poi Retreat at the Balmeggberg! It was great fun -- spinning, sauna, and yummy organic food.
Check out our Swiss Poi Retreats album on Flickr for some beautiful photos, and see our vlog from a day of training and play below!
Thom Thumb and Alien Jon worked out another 3-poi passing partner sequence in nano Tech Blog #09:
Turning between forward & reverse weaves via a cross-stance 4-beat... wile passing poi to each other.