Poi Tutorials

THE LOOOOP ONLINE TUTORIALS

The following tutorials sum up the partner poi basics. For example, they give you a sound basis for wide variety of tricks and sequences and on the other hand are handbook of partner poi terms.

One tutorial follows on from the next, so we therefore recommend that you start with the basic moves and then work through each tutorial step by step. Have fun!

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O BASICS

The basic partner poi moves

O TRANSITIONS

Combining basic moves

O POSITIONS

Positioning vis-à-vis your partner

O MODES

Two ways of moving your arms and shoulders

O SEQUENCES

Different changes of position and sequences

O MULTIPLE PARTNER POI

Sequences involving more than two players

SEQUENCES

Once you have got the hang of the basic moves, you can combine them into sequences.

DIAGONAL-SLALOM (RIGHT HAND to RIGHT HAND)

The slalom involves circling your partner while completing all four positions. To do this, each change of position requires two steps and two poi beats. However, to practice this, you should initially stop in each position before moving on to the next.

Concentrating on the poi and your feet at the same time might see a bit much to begin with, but it pays off to get the sequence of steps right from the start.

FRONTAL-SLALOM (RIGHT HAND to LEFT HAND)

WEAVE TURN

Here both partners revolve around the four beat weave and thus switch positions. Make sure that one partner starts to move first thereby beginning the turn.

FENCING

When fencing, open a four beat weave and reach into another four beat weave with the other hand.

SQUARE DANCE

The square dance is inspired by the American folk dance of the same name. Here you combine the fencing with the weave turn.

OPPOSITE SQUARE DANCE (BRIGZAG)

Just like the walkthrough, you enter and leave the brigzag by means of a 180° turn. However, the poi of the two partners move in a same-time opposite.