Poi spinning is a modern adaptation of an ancient Maori (indigenous New Zealand) art. At one time long ago, Maori women wove ropes out of flax plants and had cotton-like weighted balls on the end, with which a ceremonial dance was performed before the men went to war.
Completely different but maintaining the same name, Poi is now considered a “flow art” and is a form of meditation, modern interpretive dance, juggling, and more.
You can see a collection of the best poi videos online, and tutorials for learning poi at SpinMorePoi.com
This is a movement and prop dance practice in which people learn a language of different moves or ‘tricks’ which they can stitch together in a state of free expression.
Today, there is a culture and global community of Flow Artists who meet and share skills at events around the world.
Learn more about flow arts with this small documentary.