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04 August 2014 @ 09:47 pm
image poi  
Ok, I'm now completely obsessed with image poi. Which means first I need to learn to poi dance. I know that many of you know some people who know some people who do that sort of thing and so I was wondering what the community was like? Are there any stereotypes (like you can only spin poi if you attend burning man)? How tied to it's origins is it? Will it be another hobby that is frowned upon as being culturally appropriated or is spinning LED (I will never trust myself with fire) far enough from the tradition that it never comes up. Or really anything else I should know about spinning poi community or culturally.

P.S. What is an image poi you ask?

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Podpeople. Benevolent podpeople. That's my theory.: kittyvibrantabyss on August 5th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
The post seems world readable, but not world-commentable, otherwise I would boost it so you could get direct answers from people who spin. Or do you just screen non-friend comments?

Short form: I haven't seen any stereotyping or frowning. I can put you in touch with people who spin (and are on LJ).
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 5th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm just screening.
Jeredjered on August 5th, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
You definitely don't need to be involved with Burning Man to spin!

There's a bunch of local resources. It looks like Boston Spin Jam is weekly in Killian Court:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bostonspinjam/
http://www.spinpoi.com/boston_skilltoys/

Richard's sister used to be heavily involved with the local Spin Jam. My only warning is that I get the impression that there's a lot of catty "Mean Girls"-style nastiness in the crowd - if you don't spin fire then the fire spinners sneer, and that it's more competitive than supportive as a group. I don't know if that's still the case.

blkblk on August 5th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'd never seen anything like that. Cool!