The Joy of Poi (A.K.A. Simcha Spinning) - An Experience of Joy in Movement

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Purim is all about joy, and here's a great way to physically express some happiness. If your kiddo likes dancing and moving , learning new skills while being silly, then you are in the right place!

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Description

Purim is all about joy, and here's a great way to physically express some happiness. If your kiddo likes dancing and moving , learning new skills while being silly, then you are in the right place! Simcha (Joy) is a very important part of being Jewish (Grape juice symbolizes joy in Judaism! Purim is a holiday where you're supposed to lean into joyfulness!). This course is all about finding joy in movement.

Over three classes we’ll learn about the flow art of Poi (fire) spinning, its origins, some of the basic moves, and some of the ways this art connects to Judaism. This is intended as a class for those just starting their poi spinning journey. If you are already a fire-spinning master this class is not for you. Poi spinning is the art of spinning balls/orbs on the ends of rope/chains. Some types of poi include practice poi, LED poi, flag poi, and fire poi. In this class students will be using practice poi, and there will be NO fire spinning. That being said, students will need an appropriate amount of space to learn how to spin their flame-free practice poi.

  • Class 1: Learn some basic poi spinning concepts, moves, and history Discuss the role of Simcha (joy) in Judaism and Purim
  • Class 2: Continue practicing together Learn some more moves Discuss a Jewish perspective on the importance of discipline (in other words, practice)
  • Class 3: More practice Learn more moves Discuss the role of movement in Judaism
Requirements
Ideal learning space: an open space with plenty of room to move, without breakable objects nearby.
Supply List

Long pair of socks and 2 tennis balls or evenly sized balloons with dried rice/beans/lentils/sand etc. Comfortable clothes for moving in.

Teacher

Moss Herberholz (he/him)
Moss Herberholz
Moss Herberholz finds joy in movement and is driven to cultivate more joy in the world. After many years of theater and dance performance, he started spinning poi in 2012. Moss has extensive experience as a Jewish educator. He worked as a Jewish nature educator for Teva for two fall seasons, where he taught over 150 children about environmental science and sustainability. For many years he worked for Ramah in the Rockies - a Jewish outdoor adventure camp in Colorado - including serving for two years as the director of inclusion. He has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently pursuing an MSW as a fellow in the Jewish Communal Leadership Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In his free time, Moss loves to dance, read, sing niggunim (wordless melodies), identify fungus, and spin fire.