On a mid-winter’s Saturday night, the inside of Broadway Arts Academy is festive and cozy with glowing Christmas lights and a kaleidoscope of colors radiating from LED-hula hoops. Classic rock is blasting from the sound system. What’s a matter wit chew boy-ah?
It’s time for the monthly Knox Flow Jam – a lively assortment of dancers, hoopers, poi spinners, and yogis all practicing their crafts together.
Knox Flow Jam was created by Charity Edwards, a certified yoga instructor and the owner of Hoop Bug.
“My passion is teaching,” says Edwards. “I’ve gotten away from performing at music festivals. I don’t have to be in the limelight. I want to grow as a teacher. I love it when a student says, ‘ You’ve helped me heal.'”
When the weather begins to warm, Edwards will be moving Knox Flow Jam outdoors to either Krutch Park or The Cove at Concord Park. Knox Flow Jam will continue to meet on the first Saturday of the month from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Upcoming Hoop Bug Events:
Tuesday, February 18, Beginner Level I Hoop Dance, meets from 6:00 p.m. until 7:15 p.m., This 5 weeks course meets once a week. The cost is $75.
Saturday, March 1, Knox Flow Jam, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The cost is $8.00.
Sunday, March 2, Hoop 101 Workshop, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Learn hoop dance basics and make your own hoop. The cost is $50.
For more events, including yoga, advanced hoop classes, and more, please visit Hoop Bug’s calendar.
Poi spinning is a performance art that originated in New Zealand. It typically involves a choreography of “swinging tethered weights.” Sometimes the weights glow with LED lights or fire. Another style of poi spinning involves flags.
For the past 3 years, Poi enthusiast Russell Ultima Flynn has been studying the craft from Claire Metz of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Flynn says, “I do a different style of poi than most others around. Many that I’ve seen enjoy the close or string tricks, while I enjoy large, grand movements.”
At the February Flow Jam, Flynn was working with flags (also known as Gossamer Angel Wing Poi). “They are very nice, lightweight, and smooth. Also it’s a fairly interesting exercise for your arms and upper body. See Russell at the end of the attached video.