Learn poi by joining one of our Weekly Classes or Request a Class tailored to your needs.
We also facilitate Flow Arts Workshops that are an excellent activity for special occassions or team building events.
Classes and workshops do not involve any fire unless specifically arranged.
Read More in the FAQs Below
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Flow Arts?
Flow Arts, in essence, involve the artistic manipulation of objects to create a dance-like flow. Like Martial Arts, they incorporate a multitude of disciplines.
Flow Arts are rooted in many different styles of movement, from around the world, and are expressed using an infinite array of props such as poi, hula hoops and staff. Sometimes Flow Artists use fire props (as with fire dancing) and sometimes they use daytime or LED props.
Many disciplines assimilate elements of dance, circus skills and performance arts like busking. Others embody aspects of mindfulness and meditation. But for all Flow Artists; playing, for the sheer joy of it, will always be a high priority.
What is Fire Dancing?
The art of dancing with fire can be done with any Flow Arts prop! Fire dancing is a unique form of creative expression that's fueled by a respect for fire, confidence in and awareness of self and a dedication to the practising of your technique.
Clifton Fire Jams are an excellent place to learn to dance with fire once you've trained with practice toys. These community gatherings happen monthly, during summer, and are announced on FireTribe's Facebook Events once the weather forecast can be seen.
Alternatively, you can request a Workshop that fully or partially involves fire - depending on how brave you're feeling!
Why learn Flow Arts?
Learning to move with a prop is a highly rewarding practice. Flow Arts can be a creative outlet, a form of physical and mental meditation or an exciting problem solving challenge. It is beneficial to people of all ages for many different reasons, some of which have been explored by Dr Kate Riegle van West in her PhD research into the effects of poi on health for older adults.
Learning Flow Arts helps develop, among other things, upper body strength and flexibility, full body co-ordination, dexterity, balance, spatial awareness and rhythm. It also encourages mindfulness, self-awareness and self-confidence while exercising patience, instruction following and concentration.
What are Props?
A 'prop', short for property, is a moveable object that a Flow Artist manipulates to create a flow of movement. These props become an extension of the artist's moving body and they spin, twist and twirl to create patterns and illusions in space.
There are an infinite number of potential props out there with new innovations being developed every day. Some of the more common Flow Arts props are:
- Poi - weights on tethers
- Staff - a long pole
- Hoop - a circle of plastic tubing
- Fans - circle segments
Check the see which classes are currently available in your area: Cape Town or Johannesburg. Use our Contact Form to let us know which class you are Interested in joining. We'll then confirm that there is space for you and send you banking details so you can pay the approriate class fee and thereby confirm your attendance.
If you can't find a class that suits you, you can use our Contact Form to Request a Class and tell us what you'd like to learn and where. We will then either offer you private classes or, if there is enough interest from other students, create a new group class in line with your request.
If you are interested in having a once off learning experience then we recommend booking a Workshop instead.
Our most commonly taught prop is poi, but training in almost any prop is available on request. We have instructors available for one-on-one classes, group classes (min 3-5px) or workshops in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. If you're interested in learning a prop other than poi, please contact us and let us know!
Comfortable clothing is recommended along with soft shoes – or a willingness to be barefoot! We have practice toys for you to borrow for your first few classes after which you will need to bring your own props. This is recommended so you have your own equipment to practice with in between classes.
As with any type of skill there is no real end to the learning process. Naturally, how much effort and time you invest into your prop will determine your progress with it. The Beginner Poi Series is designed to move someone from absolute beginner to being confident with the basics in just 5 weeks. Each individual is unique though, and everyone learns (and practices!) at their own pace.
This one is actually entirely up to you. As soon as you feel confident that you can spin your prop around (in any pattern) and not get yourself totally tangled up then you could try the fire version. Of course, mastering the skill may take much longer, but spinning with fire doesn’t really require you to do any special moves – just bravery! Anyone is welcome to join the Clifton Fire Jams which are a great space to learn with fire.
Our weekly evening classes are aimed at students who are 13yrs and older but in Cape Town we also have extra mural poi classes at primary schools . If your child is at a school that is interested in adding a Flow Arts discipline to their extra mural (or curriculum) activities please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our workshops, on the other hand, can be adapted to suit any age – as long as they can hold onto a poi!