Poi is a performing art that uses equipment of the same name. It is performed by swinging tethered weights in a variety of geometric and rhythmical patterns. Its modern-day version is the LED poi lights performance, an entertaining and mesmerizing flow arts that combines different disciplines, like juggling, fire spinning, and dance. It uses the same equipment, which originated from the Maori of New Zealand, but this time, with LED lights that glow or light up. Glow pois are typically made of two objects connected on strings, and shaped like nunchucks, pods, or balls. More contemporary versions include futuristic sabers and whips.
Self-expression, while having fun is the main purpose of Light up LED poi performances. The activity’s unique attribute is that it allows your whole body to move, making it ideal for a fun fitness activity. Moreover, it is a good exercise for your mind, as it teaches you to be mentally aware of your surroundings and your body. This way, techniques used in LED poi lights performances are often compared with other activities, like Tai Chi and yoga.
The most basic techniques in LED poi lights performances include holding poi, in which you must grip the string in a secure, yet easy to release way. Alternatively, you can hold a handle or strap. A handle can be made of metal or wood. Spinning is another basic method, which utilizes your dominant hand to swing the LED pois backwards or forward. It is technically the basis of every poi technique.
When swinging forward, the palm must face downward, and when swinging backwards, the palm must face up. Thumbs re-tucked a bit forward so they will not snag the rope, and instead of aiming to swing quickly, focus on rhythmic swinging, especially when there is music. Once in motion, the swing during a LED poi lights performance must be vertical. From there, you can spin the other end until you can swing both in a rhythmic motion while making sure they will not hit you or touch the floor.