Learn to spin poi and / or find a community jam near you

Poi classes- all levels -Register here below

Poi takes its roots in the Polynesian activity of spinning weights or balls on the end of strings. It has become a very contemporary form of expression and movement that is practiced for fun, exercise and/or performance with many different types of poi including LED lights and fire.

Find your flow

Flow is the state of mind and body when you are 'in the zone', when the Now is so compelling that everything else fades away.

This adult class is has a playful fun quality and is all about the creative process of movement to discover your own personal dance as well as opportunity to learn skills with this fun and interesting prop. We use the manipulation of the prop as a tool for initiating movement. The momentum of the prop give the body a focus to get the body in motion and the prop also become an extension of the body's movements.

One part of the class will be multi level technique instruction on moves and sequences with the poi and part of each class will be guiding you to finding your inner dancer and the joy of moving your body to music and expressing yourself through movement without any specific stylized dance forms.

Sophie Latreille with guide you in this fun filled multi-level class.

Discover new ways to move and play or build on what you can already do. Come free up your body to dance and play for fitness, for mediation and for fun!

Spring 2014 -All levels 4 week session

Wednesday evenings 7 - 8 p.m.
May 21 th, May 28 th, June 4 th and June 11 th (postponed to following Wednesdays if any class is canceled due to weather)
$50 tax. included (4 classes) - please pre-register
Outside, in beautiful Strathcona Park by the Ottawa river under the shade of the huge trees (Range Road near Somerset, Ottawa)

Registration is open click the buy now button to register.

Thinking of joinning us but not sure? Feel free to contact us for any additional information. Come play!

Poi are provided for class use and for sale. These include 'sock' poi, fluffy poi, tail poi and LED lighted poi. Fire poi are not available see www.homofpoi.com for good quality fire poi and to get you started with some beginner moves.

Classes are mainly taught in english but can be given bilingually, French and English on request.

Private poi, hoop or other lessons are also available on request

Hoop class info at www.minicirque.ca

Fire spinning safety class and guided first burns! June 25th, 2014

Fire poi, fire hoop, fire staff, fire fans…

Have you got some solid basics and are ready to light up with fire? On this evening I’ll teach everything you need to know to minimize the risks of spinning fire for yourself and your environment. This is not a class to teach spinning technique (see poi classes and hoop classes for this) this is a class to guides you to spin safely if you have been practicing for a while and you are a virgin fire spinner or have very little experience with fire. Note that there is always a risk when you spin fire and come at your own risk but do know that if you are well educated then the risks can be very low.

For those that want to light up, I will supervise your burn.

Wednesday June 25th 8:30 p.m. Strathcona park, Ottawa (will confirm 2 hours before class if weather is an issue)

Please let me know you are coming as I will send you some important pre-class info.

Suggested contribution $15 cash this includes cost of fuel and lending you some fire poi or fire hoop for your first burn.

Note: experienced fire spinners welcome to come hang out, help supervise and jam with us. Bring your own fuel or contribute to the community fuel.


List of Ottawa Jams

Jams are community events to promote practice and sharing in the movement arts. Bring your hoop, your poi, or your juggling gear and your fire props (for outdoors jams) and come play or just hang out with us for these community meets in great practice space or out in beautiful parks. Open to all and free (or small fee to cover the space rental).

All are welcome. Come out and play. Note that if you light up with fire then YOU are responsable for yourself and your suroundings and for assuring that you have a qualified safety person on alert. Here are some of the jams happening in Ottawa:


Circus jams outdoors at City Hall, Ottawa

Will resume again in July 2014

Circus Jams are community meets open and free to all who are interested in the flow arts (bring your poi, hooping, juggling, slack line, partner-acro, fire dancing, just to name a few). The jams are an opportunity for people to stay after the poi class and practice with some music and maybe light up with fire out in this beautiful park and for anyone or any age to come out and practice, share and met others with similar interest, have fun and find your flow...

Kid are welcome but must be supervised.


Jugglers Jams in Hull, Québec

All types of circus skills are welcome at the indoor jugglers jam every Wednesday night 7 pm to 9 pm

Jongleurs de l'Outaouais now have a spacious practice space:

L'école secondaire de l'ÎIe, 255, rue Saint-Rédempteur Gatineau (Québec), the new room is called "la palestre" with a basketball court and mats. Once you arrive at l'école secondaire de l'ÎIe, please come in by "la porte de sports" and take a right at the end of the corridor.
Cost: $3 drop-in. Jean-Guy will be there to greet you introduce you to the juggling community.

Every Wednesday


Hoop Jams in Westboro, Ottawa, Ontario

Every second Friday night at Dovercourt Community Center, 411 Dovercourt Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, upstairs in the Assembly Hall. September through June.

This jam attracts mostly the hula hooping community and hoopers of all levels, but all types of flow/circus arts are welcome to come practice and share skills in this great space with high ceilings and mirrors. Trish will be there to help first timers get started with the hoop.

Free and open to all.


Fire Arts and circus community development

We want to encourage the development of fire arts and circus arts in the area, if you'd like to organize a jam or regular 'meet and exchange', it would be our pleasure to post the information here.

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