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Saturday, April 14 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Power of Pendulums

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Pendulums are the ultimate transitional tool for poi artists. This subtle idea often goes unnoticed and underused even by the most experienced spinners. Learning pendulum theory will round out your ability to move between timing and direction changes while giving you a long list of ideas to boggle the minds of anyone watching you. This class covers intermediate and advanced patterns. No matter how long youve been spinning, I guarantee you will learn plenty. We will start by talking about what pendulums are and what they look like. This includes the hand positions involved in pendulum theory and how pendulums work at each point. After a short amount of theory talk, we will dive into practice patterns that help us exercise pendulums one hand at a time. Well spend enough time to work on both hands in a variety of directions and different hand positions until it all makes enough sense to move up to both poi. Once single-hand practice is done we will cycle through the four main direction and timing combinations - along with the different hand positions for pendulums - while covering pattern ideas in each as well as exercises to help your body make it all happen. The timing and direction combinations include: - Same Time / Together Direction - Split Time / Together Direction - Same Time / Opposite Direction - Split Time / Opposite Direction The hand positions well focus on are the four main ones involved in diamond flowers: North (straight overhead), South (near our waist), East, and West (Left/Right) After weve played around with each, well bring it all together by focusing on how pendulums force transitions to happen and how we can take full advantage of that. Throughout the class, well take breaks so everyone can practice while I do 1-on-1 check-ins with everyone to make sure were all clear on whats being worked on. If theres time at the end, well open the floor for some skill sharing on pendulum patterns to help everyone load up on ideas to practice.


Saturday April 14, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm EDT
Poi Track B, Area #1