SpinPoi is run by Kate Riegle van West, an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in circus, digital art, and music. She has studied poi in a variety of ways over the past decade, such as opening a flow arts center in Chicago, creating the Orbitar (a digital poi musical instrument) during her master’s degree, and giving a TED talk on the potential value of poi. She is currently conducting PhD research on the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function in healthy older adults at the University of Auckland. This research is the first to evaluate the health benefits of poi through a randomized controlled trial, and will hopefully pave the way for future rigorous flow arts research. To learn more about Kate, visit her homepage at www.voortrek.com.
“If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill; take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic. And it doesn’t matter what it is that you select, because when it has been pushed far enough it contains everything else.” – Tom Robbins
You can email Kate at email@example.com, or find SpinPoi in social media land. There are also two mailing lists which might float your boat. One is for big updates related to poi research, for instance if I make any breaking research discoveries, have a new article published, etc. These emails will only be every now and then. The other is for those interested in Auckland area poi lessons. You will receive a reminder email a few days before each lesson with the time, location, and any other important info.