Poi Lesson: Basic Stall Drill


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Double Up Stalls

One of the slickest ways to transition from same direction to split (opposite) direction is to use stalls. For that reason alone, mastering stalls is an invaluable skill for performance artists, allowing the audience to enjoy the patterns through every transition. If you’re one of those artists who is looking to improve you skill with stalls, the basic stall drill is a simple (though not necessarily easy — especially for beginners) pattern to practice. Below is a table and video breaking down the pattern, step by step.
NAME DIR. FACE FEET
move 1 circles OH facing front feet together
transition A left stall
move 2 circles SSR facing front feet together
transition B right stall
move 3 circles UH facing front feet together
transition C left stall
move 4 circles SSL facing front feet together
transition D right stall
move 5 circles OH facing front feet together
transition E right stall
move 6 circles SSL facing front feet together
transition F left stall
move 7 circles UH facing front feet together
transition G right stall
move 8 circles SSR facing front feet together
transition H left stall
move 9 circles OH facing front feet together

Mastery of the basic stall drill assists artists in developing independent hand movements and invaluable for the beginning artist who finds rubbing their head and patting their belly simultaneously challenging.

Editor’s note: the original video has been lost; you can watch it from YouTube instead.