Evolution of An Artist

As the community continues to grow and technique distinguished at rapid rates, here at Temple of Poi we're feeling a dearth of conversation around performance theory and the journey of a flow artist from their entry into the community to their emergence as a dance performance artist. Perhaps, as an academy focused on dance performance... Continue Reading →

7 Layer Dip: Speed (Layer 4)

Next up in the 7 layer dip is the exploration of speed. Just as size impacts the performance, speed will create the same effect. Often times, artists spin at one speed throughout a performance. Instead, artists might try adding a combination of micro accelerations, micro decelerations and a general sense of swelling with the music.... Continue Reading →

7 Layer Dip: Size (Layer 3)

As we continue our exploration into the 7 Layer Dip, we'll begin focusing on the size layer of the dip. As we already discussed when talking about the height layer of the dip, contrast is really a key piece of performance. Tony Robbins talks about this in his TED talk presentation about the 6 human... Continue Reading →

7 Layer Dip: Height (layer 2)

As we continue our exploration into the 7 Layer Dip, we'll begin focusing on the height layer of the dip. Clearly the skills themselves are, of course, important, but one of the most impactful performances I ever witnessed with poi was a student who did, literally, 3 moves. The reason it was so impactful? Her... Continue Reading →

7 Layer Dip: Skills (layer 1)

Certainly it all starts with basic skills -- butterflys, reels, buzzsaws, flowers, stalls, CAPS and the ever popular old school mainstay of an artists repertoire, the weave. But what you can do with the moves themselves itself is endless in terms of variations. Consider the weave and how you might change the size of it,... Continue Reading →

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