Weird Science :: Written Posts

Hedgehogs vs Foxes in the Flow World

By and large I feel like people in the Flow Arts community fit into one of two categories: those that want to pick up all the props and those that want to get really good at just a few or even one.

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Future Poi by Moodhoops Review

I’ve spent some time now playing with both the Future Poi Lites as well as Future Poi Remote and I’m gonna cover how they operate, how they feel, and give a brief overview of pros and cons for these.

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Revolutionary Motion 2017 Auditions

Revolutionary Motion is DC's premiere fire spinning troupe and we're about to begin our 2017 season. This year we'll again have two projects: Burning Man fire conclave and a fall stage performance and we'd love to add you to our roster!

Every year RevMo becomes far more than a fire troupe--the people you spend time with will become your friends and family over the course of the year, creating powerful relationships and connections that work both inside the rehearsal space and outside.

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3 Poi Dance Combos for all Skill Levels

Learned a few poi tricks and now trying to figure out how to string them together into transitions, dance, or flow? Check out this new video! I've written 3 move combos that feature tricks I've been covering in my 1-minute tutorial series. I've included one for every skill level and each builds upon the work of the previous combo. The last combo also incorporates footwork and dance to make the combo performance-worthy!

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Shapes vs Momentum in Poi Dance

For the past two years I've been struggling to come up with a way to teach poi/dance integration on my YouTube Channel and I've finally struck upon a format that I like! Every month I'll be posting a new video blog covering a topic in flow arts and dance fusion--I'm hoping that by posting the way I'm learning myself that it'll help many of you find ways of merging the two together as well :)

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Top 10 Favorite Poi Spinners of 2016 Vote Rundown

The top 10 favorite poi spinners of 2016 video is out! This is the fifth year of this project and like every year, this one broke many of the rules I'd come to believe about how the vote count sorts out. First and most important (to me) is that this is the first year that two women have made the list! Ever since we had a list of 10 men I've badly wanted to see more women crack into the top 10 and this was the year I finally got my wish.

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2016 in Retrospect

2016 has been a really incredible year in so very many different ways. Now that it's nearly over, I wanted to share some of my highlights from this year with you all :)

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New Poi Course!

Available for the first time to the general public! If you've picked up many of the basics of poi and are looking to deepen your knowledge, this course will take you through crossers, isolations, hybrids, and so much more. This 11-part series will guide you from the world of beginner poi into intermediate spinning.

Purchase the full series here!

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Luminancer Update

I did a video on Luminancer several months ago in my series on how to create light trails on your spinning footage, but they recently came out with an update so I wanted to do another video on what’s changed and what hasn’t.

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ePoi Review

ePoi are Emazing Light’s entry into what I’ve come to think of as the kind of mid-market poi that hover around the $100 dollar mark and meet some or all of the following criteria:

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Flow[space] - Drex Poi

Back in September, a gentleman named Johari Kazura from Starlight Academy in Singapore came through the Flow Space right after Burning Man just like I did. He had with him a gimbal-mounted camera rig and we spent an afternoon playing with it in the Flowspace.

 

 

 

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Tutorial: Double Staff 8-Step CAP Recipe

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a double staff video, but recently I had a Skype lesson with a double staff spinner who wanted to know all about 8-step CAPs and I realized that it’d make a great topic for a video! Specifically, we covered how you can create a variety of different 8-step CAPs with a very simple recipe.

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Drex's Road Diary: Burning Man 2016

2016 was my tenth Burning Man! I decided to commemorate the occasion by showing you guys just a little bit of the experience that I had out on Playa, including some great info on my camp, footage from Center Camp, the awesome fire circles that happened throughout the week at the sound camps, Burn Night, and much more!

Plus my favorite 2016 memory: flying above Black Rock City in a plane! :D

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August Double Staff Flow

A little bit different a taste of flow for y’all--August’s flow session is with my double staves! I’m at Burning Man this week, but wanted to still give you guys a video to enjoy. Let me know if you guys like this one and want to see more double staff work on here!

I’ve done a lot of tracery work with doubles lately and wanted to do something different with this video, playing around with conserving direction and using simpler tricks.

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Ignis Pixel Poi Review

There’s been an influx in the past couple years of a class of LED poi that use a programmable strip of RGB LEDS to create a picture when the poi are spun. The same technology is in use for hoops, levi wands, you name it. In theory, you’re meant to be able to upload clip art or photographs into the poi to create custom programs either for fun or to sync to music for professional purposes.

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Ultra Poi Review

I’m coming at you today with a review of Ultra Poi--specifically sets you can make up with their Vortex poi sets. There are quite a lot of variations on their hardware you can create, so for the purposes of this review I’m really going to focus on two particular ways of putting their hardware together.

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Review: Sunshine Fire Toys Solar Flare Poi Heads Follow-up

It’s been a year since I did my review of Sunshine Fire Toys’ Solar Flare heads--where does the time go? I promised a follow-up review for them and I am here to deliver. How do Solar Flares stack up over time as compared to other fire poi heads?

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"California" July Flow Practice

It's been a while since I posted a flow practice! This time last year I was getting ready to move to Los Angeles. I was excited to start over and discover a new life. It didn't work out, unfortunately. I'm happy to be back in DC, but once in a while I think about what might have been.

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Following Your Bliss (Isn't Enough)

Last week I got myself in a bit of hot water by reposting an article to Facebook wall that I really liked. The title of it was “Whatever you do, don’t quit your job to pursue your passion” and the thesis of the article was a deep skepticism of this narrative we have in our culture that everybody ought to be pursuing their passion for full-time work.

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Stray Italian Greyhound - Partner Poi/Dance Fusion

Super proud to finally be sharing this! I worked with Morgan Howe for several months putting this piece together for Manipulation and Flow Show SF. It features some of our favorite Partner Poi techniques fused with ballet and even a couple lifts!

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Making Videos on a Budget

A very large number of us in the Flow Arts world interact and communicate with each other in visual form, specifically through videos. I think quite a lot of us dream of a really professional setup with a top of the line camcorder or DSLR, a well-lit studio, and extensive production facilities.

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The Future of the Flow Arts

For the past three months we’ve explored the Flow Arts in a myriad of different ways, from its history to the culture surrounding it and the different ways people participate in it. I hope you’ve learned something in this series--it’s been a lot of fun to write and produce. There’s a lot of open and unanswered questions, but the biggest one I’m interested in is this: if we know where we’re at and where we’ve come from, where are we ultimately going?

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Flow Arts and Fitness

The Flow Arts are a fun pastime that allow people be creative while connecting to other people with the same passion, but do they have any additional benefits to the people who practice them?

Today, we’re going to talk about the health effects of the Flow Arts, good and bad, and what that means for the people who practice them.

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Learning Other Peoples' Choreography

I get asked on a not infrequent basis to create videos teaching prop spinners how to add more dance into their work. It’s really flattering, not the least of which because from where I’m sitting I’m a pretty mediocre dancer, but it’s also a really massive challenge. Learning how to dance is without a doubt the single hardest thing I’ve learned in my adult life and part of what makes it so hard is that it really can’t be taught as a step-by-step process unlike many other things I’ve learned in my life.

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Tech Spinning in the Flow Arts

Last week we talked a bit about the concept of “flow” as it pertains to the Flow Arts. This week we’re going to talk about a concept that is sometimes considered to be the flip side of that coin: tech spinning. This is the place where the geeks and obsessives hang out, so if you’re into math, science, or even just deep rabbit holes, this is the place for you!

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