Poi is a movement art that involves spinning tethered weights around the body in a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. It is a form of object manipulation that incorporates elements of dance, circus skills and performance art.

Learning to move and dance with poi is a highly rewarding skill. Spinning poi 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.

Learning poi 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 the growth of confidence and self-esteem. Of course the ultimate reward, after a bit of practice, is lighting your poi and learning to master the art of fire dancing.

About Poi Classes

FireTribe offers poi classes to all levels in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. We will guide you through the basic movements, explain the principles of planes, modes and patterns and introduce you to the local fire dancing community. We also offer poi workshops that are an excellent activity for corporate team building events or birthday parties.

Beginner classes and poi workshops require absolutely no previous experience while intermediate classes require students to be familiar with the basics. Advanced poi classes will take you beyond the basics and help you develop your own, personal flow. Master classes in poi, or classes in different props, are available on request.

More information on the different classes can be found on the Cape Town and Johannesburg pages.

The classes do not involve any fire. Practice equipment is available to borrow and/or buy for the first class after which you will need to bring your own practice poi.

More information can be found in the FAQs below.

To book a class or arrange a workshop please contact us through our website or by emailing training@firetribe.co.za.



What do I need to bring?

Comfortable clothing is recommended along with soft shoes – or a willingness to be barefoot! We have practice poi for you to borrow for your first few classes after which you will need to bring your own pair. If you need to buy a pair of poi then have a look at our Practice Poi online. You can place your order with your instructor or send us an email: products@firetribe.co.za.

How long does it take to learn?

As with any type of skill there is no real end to the learning process. The Beginner Series, however, is designed to get new poi spinners from knowing nothing to being confident with the basics in just 5 weeks. Each individual is unique though, and everyone learns at their own pace. Previous dance, music or martial art experience might make the learning process quicker but you won’t know until you give it a try.

When can I start playing with fire?

This one is actually entirely up to you. As soon as you feel confident that you can spin your poi around (in any pattern) and not get yourself totally tangled up then you could try fire poi. 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!

Do you only teach in Obs / Midrand?

No! We now also have a class for beginners in Blouberg at The Zen Studio on Thursday evenings.

If there is a large enough interest in another area then we can organise classes there too. If you would like to have classes taught in a your area, and know of a few others who’d be able to join, please contact us: training@firetribe.co.za.

In Cape Town we also teach poi as an extra mural at Cedar House Preparatory and at Waldorf Constantia. If you would like poi to be taught at your school, please contact us: training@firetribe.co.za.

How old do you need to be?

Our weekly evening classes are aimed at students who are 13yrs and older. In Cape Town we do also teach poi as an extra mural at Cedar House Preparatory and Waldorf Constantia (primary and high school). If your child is at a school that is interested in adding poi to their extra mural (or curriculum) activities please let us know: training@firetribe.co.za. Our poi workshops, on the other hand, can be adapted to suit any age – as long as they can hold onto a poi!


Do you only teach Poi?

No! We also have Hoop Dance Classes every Wednesday from 19:30 to 20:30 at the Obs Community Centre at R120pp. Email training@firetribe.co.za for more details or to book a space. Classes staff (single, double and contact) and fans are also available on request. Currently only available in Cape Town.

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