Santa Cruz Poi Class: Mixed Level 6 Week Series

Posted on August 2, 2013 by


Santa Cruz Poi Lessons

Photo: Waldemar Horwat
Artist: The Amazing Zihni

For years people have been asking us to do classes a little further souThis series will be run with two different tracks in each class. The beginner track of this series is appropriate for those with absolutely no experience through early beginners with a few moves and not a lot of vocabulary, comprehension, technique and confidence. If you have no experience, this class is for you. If you are more advanced, we will be offering a second learning track, the flower track where we will cover a variety of material from our flower class curriculum.

Each of the classes meets for 2 hours on Fridays on the specified dates.

  • Time/Dates: 7:30 – 9:30 PM 8/9/13, 8/16/13, 8/23/13, 9/20/13, 10/18/13 & 10/25/13 – please note there are two breaks in the series to allow students to integrate material as well as allowing us to get married at burning man
  • Instructors: GlitterGirl & Nova
  • Location: Motion Pacific, 131 Front Street Suite E, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (phone: (831) 457-1616)

Each 2 hour session will have the following class structure:

  • 7:30 -7:40 – warm up and questions
  • 7:40 – 8:35 – new material
  • 8:35 – 8:50 – shoot video of lecture, theory and class notes
  • 8:50 – 9:10 – new material
  • 9:10 – 9: 15 – secondary video and lecture notes
  • 9:15 – 9:30 – personal practice/spin jam/questions/individual help or optional follow-the-leader guided flow practice.

Course Overview

This series will be run with two different tracks in each class. The first class will be the same topic, divided up by level depending on the experience of the students attending. Flower material will be pulled from our regular beginner through advanced flower and CAP class curriculum.

All classes will be held on Friday evening in Santa Cruz.

  • 8/9/13: Class 1: (Both Tracks) Size Matters: Flowers and Buzzsaws — two of the most prolific types of moves in poi with an infinite number of possible combinations. The foundation of at least a third of what i perform, if not more. This material will then be one of the advanced tracks offered in each subsequent class.
  • 8/16/13: Class 2: Beginner Track: Reels — pinwheel, corkscrew and hip reel variants; Track 2: flowers
  • 8/23/13: Class 3: Butterflies and variants; Track 2: flowers

We will then take a break for three weeks during which time we will go to Burning Man and get married. This will leave you an excellent opportunity to practice. Join us if you like for our fire jam wedding celebration on the 12th of September at the monthly fire jam in SF which is a public jam.

  • 9/20/13: Class 4: Crossovers, 2 beat and 3 beat weaves;  as appropriate, weave transitions; Track 2: flowers

We will then have another break to give students the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned and prepare for fire. Students who pay full tuition for the series will also gain access to the Beginner Poi Dance Class Video Series which is 57 minutes of videos designed to help you integrate the material from the first 5 classes into a bit more flow. This is valued at $30 and is yours as a special bonus gift for joining this series. This is the perfect material to study in preparation for spinning fire the first time and includes detailed instructions for transitions between the moves students previously learned as well as follow the leader drills and theory to help students have a more well rounded experience as performance artists.

  • 10/18/13: Class 5: fire safety and building our fire poi plus follow the leader drills if time permits
  • 10/25/13: FIRE! This will be at a different location, most likely the lighthouse in Santa Cruz.

Additional Information

  • Students are welcome to bring a video camera to record sessions for personal use only. They may NOT be distributed to others, including your fellow students, in any way, nor posted on the internet or sold.
  • You will need to have your own practice poi and you can purchase a set from us (for $30). Please make arrangements in advance so we can bring the tools to class the first night.
  • Tuition for the full 6 week series is $240. If students wish to purchase fire poi and a safety blanket, a materials fee will be applied later.
  • Tuition for the Flower track (4 weeks) only is $160 for all 4 weeks.
  • Students are invited to brings friends and family to attend class 5 so they can be educated on student safety.
  • Tuition is paid with a non-refundable down payment of $120; the balance is due the first night of class in cash.
  • Payment plans are available so please inquire with us directly (email glittergirl <at> templeofpoi <daught> com)
  • Join our mailing list here and keep up to date on classes, events, performances, jams as well as articles and videos to support your learning.
  • Support your learning through free and paid for videos in our Beginner Poi Video Library though the Beginner Poi Dance Video Series ($30 value) is free to anyone who registers for the whole series.

Register here with your non refundable $120 deposit and bring the balance of $120 for the full series or $40 for the Flower Track in CASH the first day of class. Also bring cash if you wish to purchase poi ($30).


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