Poi is a movement art that involves spinning tethered weights around the body in a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. It is a form of object manipulation that incorporates elements of dance, circus skills and performance art.
Learning poi helps develop, among other things, upper body strength and flexibility, full body co-ordination, dexterity, balance, spatial awareness and rhythm. It also encourages mindfulness, self-awareness and the growth of confidence and self-esteem. Of course the ultimate reward, after a bit of practice, is lighting your poi and learning to master the art of fire dancing.
FireTribe offers poi classes to all levels. Their lessons offer guidance through the basic movements, explanations of the principles of planes, modes and patterns and an introduction to the local fire dancing community.
The classes do not involve any fire. Practice equipment is available to borrow and/or buy for the first class, after which you will need to bring your own practice poi.