Poi is a form of dance where balls on the ends of tethers are swung through rhythmical patterns. It originates with the Maori people of New Zealand, who originally used poi to develop dexterity and to animate their songs with dance. In the past century poi has spread around the world, merging with other movement arts in the process.
In essence, poi are an extension and magnification of how energy moves through and around the body. Learning to dance freely with poi requires the balancing of left and right, forwards and backwards, and the ability to turn and whirl in either direction. The result is an engaging series of puzzles requiring visceral listening skills, spacial thinking, and lots of trial and error. All of this will be accompanied by plenty of games, music, and dance! If you're looking for a way to exercise your body and brain at the same time, poi is for you!
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