Have you ever been at a festival or show, enjoying the music, and been dazzled by twirling balls, hoops, sticks, and other things? LEDs and fire add an extra layer of allure to your typical live music experience . Well it is a form of dance and art called Flow. Flow artists have so many different categories all with their own styles, creating original movements. The most popular of the flow arts tend to be Poi and Hooping, but there are also many less common variations of flow. Such as fans, staff, juggling, flow wands, contact juggling balls, and cry wheel just to name a few. Each art can be performed with a different amount of props starting at one to as many as ten. Each person in the community has their own flow and technique in maneuvering the object they are using to create patterns or visuals.
Flow arts have become a big part of the music scene, from performing for fun on a festival ground with your toes in the grass, to performing on stage while your art is on fire. Music has become a huge part of flow because dancing accompanies music, so in turn people started bringing their flow objects with them to festivals and shows. You'll catch dancers spinning poi or hooping at the back of any show, that they are allowed in at least. Optional LEDs with a multitude of settings turn ordinary toys into an extraordinary experience. The patterns that these flow toys can create is incredibly mesmerizing, leading to their involvement in musical performances, and even at places like the circus.
Being a hooper myself, I can say with ease that flow has changed my life. It's a great way to relieve stress, stay in shape, and just get outside. It has helped me develop a better sense of myself, especially within my own body. I've discovered I can do things I never thought possible, and continue to strive for that next trick every day. Flow has so many different aspects, creating options for anyone that’s willing to get up and give something new a try.
Written By: Sydney Calian