Fire Poi Resources & Price Comparison
When you utter the words ‘fire dancing’, the most likely image that’ll pop up in people’s heads is that of fire poi wildly wielding through the night. That, and the hilarious fire-breathing character in Disney’s Aladdin. But mostly the former.
In the ever-increasing number of fire dance modalities, fire poi holds a special place: it is the one from which all other modalities eventually flamed out. If you’re into weaving your way with wicks, or just enjoying a hell of a good show, delve a little deeper into this most enduring fire dancing art form.
Poi The Style
Fire poi, a magnificent spectacle that it is, is built atop the so-called flow arts – an art form that involves movement as a way of meditation. One ought to witness this coupled endeavor live in order to fully appreciate the transforming effect it leaves on its audience. Seeing a Rembrandt in reproduction is never quite the experience as seeing it in flesh (or in canvas, I should say).
Poi dancing has somewhat evolved since the first wick was set ablaze. There’s now a vast variety of different ways to manipulate the poi, giving way to endlessly intricate fire patterns to perform. The Weave, The Butterfly, Reels, Isolations, Wraps, or Stalls, or indeed any of their numerous combinations, make fire poi a true marvel to behold. But the marvel comes with a price: some of these moves can take months, if not years to learn properly.
Poi The Toy
Ever since Maori People enlightened us with their precious tool, poi has been an indispensible piece of gear for practice and performance alike. As medium length chains with handles on one side and wicks on the other, modern poi are not all that different from their Maori counterparts; it’s just the materials that have changed, like Kevlar for instance.
If you’re just starting out with fire dancing, the sheer number of different poi available can, admittedly, be pehaps a bit overwhelming. If beginner, when picking out the poi, pay attention that the wicks be smaller and the build quality fairly decent (no wooden parts, split rings, or wicks made of copper). But it’s not like you’ll be chasing flames right from the onset; you’ll be practicing without the fire first. And for that purpose, you can activate your crafty-self and make your own, do-it-yourself practice poi. I’ve seen people make them, and with all kinds of materials too, ranging from socks filled with rice, and all the way to the balloons full of water.
Poi dancing, as noted earlier, is evolving. The new boys in the block, like LED poi for instance, are gaining ground as we speak. But the good ol’ fire poi isn’t likely to be dethroned from the position of most popular and most widely recognized fire dance.