Competency in the following techniques is required for enrolment

Please find the course for which you’d like to apply and watch the video to see the required techniques.
For help in learning or reviewing, see the recommended preparation below each section.

Staff Level 1:
Dancing with the Fire Staff 1

Prerequisites: (What you should already know) 

  • Vertical: Forwards Figure 8/ Backwards Figure 8/ Half Turns
  • Horizontal: Helicopter/ Around the Waist
  • Optional but Recommended Prep: Full Turns/ Hand Wrap

Level 1 Curriculum: (What you may learn)

  • Vertical:  Warrior 1/ Full Turns/ Buzz-saw/ Clock
  • Horizontal: Clock/ Slices
  • Contact: Hand Wrap & Cont. 1 Hand Wrap (Vertical)/ Neck Wrap
  • Body Movement: Posture & Alignment/ Pivoting/ Traveling in Plane
  • More: Performance & Movement Concepts, Theatrical Games + more!

Recommended Preparation:  Chapters 1,2,3,5,6,8,9, 4*,14* of Srikanta’s Instructional Video Series Dancing with the Fire Staff

Staff Level 2:
Dancing with the Fire Staff 2

Prerequisites: (What you should already know)

  • Vertical:  Forwards F8/ Backwards F8/ Half Turns/ Full Turns/ Buzz-saw/ Clock
  • Horizontal:  Helicopter/ Around the Waist/ Clock/ Slices
  • Contact:  Hand Wrap & Cont. 1 Hand Wrap (Vertical)

Level 2 Curriculum: (What you may learn)

  • Vertical: Warriors 2, 3 & 4 + Combos/ Behind-the-back Patterns (Clock Transitions)
  • Horizontal: Clock Turning/ Slice Turning/ Cont. Slice Turning + Jumping
  • Contact: Palm Spin/ Finger Wrap/ Half Wrap/ Hand Wrap & Cont. 1 Hand Wrap (Horizontal)
  • Tosses: Underhand/ Overhand/ Combinations
  • Beat Bending: Reel Navigation Patterns/ Anti-Spin Patterns/ Internal Plane Patterns
  • Body Movement: Turning & Jumping Techniques
  • Double Staff Basics:  Same/ Split direction ; Same/ Split time
  • More: Performance & Movement Concepts/ Emphasis on Body Movement & Dance/ Theatrical Games + more!

Recommended Preparation:  Chapters 1-15 (all) of Srikanta’s Instructional Video Series Dancing with the Fire Staff

Staff Level 3:
Dancing with the Fire Staff 3

Prerequisites: (What you should already know)

  • Vertical:  Forwards F8/ Backwards F8/ Half Turns/ Full Turns/ Buzz-saw/ Clock/ Behind-the-back Patterns (Clock Transitions)/ Warriors 1,2,3 & 4
  • Horizontal:  Helicopter/ Around the Waist/ H Clock/ H Clock Turning/ Slices/ Slice Turning/ Cont. Slice Turning
  • Contact:  Hand Wrap & Cont. 1 Hand Wrap (Vertical & Horizontal)/ Neck Wrap/ Palm Spin/ Finger Wrap
  • Tosses:  Underhand/ Overhand
  • Beat Bending:  Reel Navigation Patterns/ Anti-Spin Patterns/ Internal Plane Patterns
  • Double Staff Basics:  Same/ Split direction ; Same/ Split time

Level 3 Curriculum: (What you may learn)

  • Vertical:
    • Tosses: Underhand/ Overhand/ .5 Turn/ Wind-up/ Extended
    • Locks & Dynamic Transitions
    • Kicks & under the leg: Front-facing/ Back-facing/ Side Facing/ Combos
    • Cartwheels: 4 options
    • Acro: Barrel Jumps/ Combos
  • Horizontal:
    • Tosses
    • Locks & Dynamic Transitions
    • Kicks & Under the leg/ Slice Assembly Patterns
    • Acro: Cartwheels/ Jumps/ Butterfly/ Combos
  • Contact:
    • Matrix/ Diagonal Slice Wraps/ Dovetail Combos/ Vertical Steve Combos/ Conveyor Belt
  • Beat Bending: Isolation Patterns/ Tracing Patterns
  • Double Staffs:  Interm & Advanced Patterns/ Tosses/ Contact/ Isolation, etc
  • Experimentation:       Leg Wraps/ Cartwheel Alternatives/ Building Combinations
  • More:  Performance & Movement Concepts/ Emphasis on Body Movement & Dance/ Theatrical Games/ Act Building/ Practical and Technical knowledge for pros.

Recommended Preparation: Completion of Level 2 Retreat with Srikanta OR equivalent skill base.   Or if you believe your not ready yet, please join us for our Level 1 & 2 Staff Retreat from August 19-25 2018.

Vojta’s Poi Workshops

Here are the pre-requisites for Vojta’s Poi Workshops.  If you still have some prep to do, you may contact Vojta for tips or refer to Nick Woolsey’s Beginners Series !

Srikanta’s Poi Workshops

Recommended Preparation:  Simple Half Turns/ Complex Half Turns (Reels)/ Forwards & Backwards Weave/ Half Turns/ Windmill/ 360 degree quarter turns/ Overhand & Underhand Butterfly/ Horizontal Windmill

See Nick Woolsey’s Beginners Series for help!

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