My wife has been spinning poi for a little over a year now. She was part of a troup that performed in the fire conclave at Burning Man this year. As a result I was in the inner circle as well as a fire safety and it was an amazing experience.
I really like the way that spinning poi looks and am in awe of the people who really do it well. On one hand I’d really like to learn to spin poi. It looks like it would be a very relaxing and exciting activity, kind of like tai-chi but with twirling flames.
The reservations I have are that I can’t really think of when I’d have time to learn poi. In addition, the people I really admire who spin poi well have dance backgrounds and already move delicately. I tried to take a salsa dance class once and it was difficult and I didn’t end up learning to dance that well. I’m afraid that I will never be able to spin at a level I will be happy with.
So, at this point in time, I’ll take things as they come and when it feels good to try poi, I’ll do it. I already have practice poi, but it’s been weeks since the last time I picked them up.