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Basic Poi Dancing Tutorial: Footwork in turns

Figured out basic turns but still finding they feel awkward? The problem might be in your feet! This is one of those problems that many of us who lack a movement background tend to encounter as we engage with poi spinning--our bodies aren't used to moving at all, let alone in a way that comes off as graceful. Compounding the problem, it feels as though our arms should be leading the way through our turns, but this seldom is good for us either aesthetically or physically.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #350: 3 and 4 beat Superman weaves

Last weekend at Wildfire I taught at 3-poi class that essentially turned into a skill share and one of the cooler things I saw during said skill share was Noel showing us how to do a 3-beat weave with a superman. It's not hard to get there and it sets up both the possibility of doing the weave as an atomic as well as a 4-beat variant. I don't know if a 5-beat is possible, but it would sure be a challenge!

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Basic Poi Dancing Tutorial: Spiral Wraps

Spiral wraps are a great crowd pleaser and they aren't that terribly difficult to learn. Here are two approaches to go about it so you can learn both spiral wraps that go around both hands as well as the glowstringer-inspired approach where both wrap around the same hand.

 

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #349: Pendulum vs cateye transitions

A cool poi trick that came out of an experiment from an earlier tech vid: when performing the transition from pendulum vs CAP to static vs point iso, that static vs point iso can serve to transition into either cateye vs iso or cateye vs isolated pendulum. Both have a really cool bouncy effect and make use of something I dearly love about poi: the capacity to create moves that establish relationships between the poi and hands.

 

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #348: 3-poi spiral wraps

Following up from my video last week, taking that meteor spiral wrap and applying it to a three-poi environment. Ironically, I find this easier to do than the meteor version, but it does require a lot of work to understand the ins and outs of the 2-beats that lead up to it. Here are a few tips for getting there.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #347: Horizontal stacks with flowers

One of those things that came out of the final days of the Spring festival tour, a funny little curiosity that Keith promptly pronounced his favorite trick I'd done in the past few months. It's actually Mel's old stacking trick, but made out of 2-petal inspin flowers rather than repeated stalls. Part of the benefit there is that it's easy to switch directions with it.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #346: Meteor Spiral Wraps

Another one of those moves I've had sitting on the backburner forever and a day but that is hella useful when it comes to three-poi manipulations. Spiral wraps in a meteor setting are far from impossible but definitely tricky. Here are a few tips I've picked up as I've attempted to learn this move.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #345: Cateye vs iso vs extension tribrid

Following on last week's work with hybrids in three-poi land, here's another attempt of what has now been dubbed "tribrids" on the Tech Poi Facebook Group. This one utilizes a butterfly-like motion to create a cateye vs isolation vs extension tribrid, creating an intersection between three different hybrid pairs! (cateye vs iso, ext vs iso, cateye vs ext).

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #344: Forward no-beat tosses

This is one of those moves that's rapidly becoming ubiquitous in the tech poi world: taking no-beat tosses and doing them forwards over the wrists/elbows/shoulders in such a way that you're constantly throwing and catching them. Here's the step-by-step of how to learn this trick yourself.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #343: 3 poi triquetra vs pendulum

One of the most frustrating moves I've ever attempted: performing triquetra vs pendulum with both a handle to handle and handle to poi relationship by performing it as a three poi move. I'm straight up not gonna lie: this one is not very clean right now but it's the first thing I've found with 3 poi that I've really dug the idea of. See if this kindles any ideas in your own heads!

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