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Event Series Event Series: Eastside Spin Jam

Eastside Spin Jam – Poi Workshop with Samwise

March 9 @ 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Please join us for the Eastside Spin Jam every Saturday at the Northwest Arts Center in Bellevue, WA from 12:45-2:45.


This week we’ll be featuring our very first Eastside Workshop led by the esteemed instructor, Samwise!

From Roots to Blooms: Beginner to Intermediate Poi

Designed for beginner to intermediate poi spinners, this workshop will guide you through naturally forming patterns including in-spin and anti-spin flowers.


Discover how posture and perspective contribute to greater access to the total grid of possibility with poi. From the solid foundation of your feet to the graceful extension of your fingertips, you’ll learn how to harness the natural flow of your body to create blooming and beautiful poi flow.


Drawing upon over a decade of experience as a flow artist, prop designer, and educator, Samwise invites you to unlock the secrets of geometric flow in this immersive workshop. Whether you’re a seasoned spinner or just beginning your journey, this workshop promises to expand your understanding of flow in captivating new ways.


Bring personal props if you prefer, but we’ll have extra to share!


Workshop cost is on a sliding scale/pay-what-you-can basis. Suggested donation is $10-35.
About the artist:
For the past 12 years, Samwise has been honing his skills as a flow artist, with a particular affinity for poi spinning, dedicating a decade to mastering this mesmerizing art form. His expertise extends beyond personal practice, as Samwise has become a respected educator in the flow arts community.


Samwise has shared his knowledge and insights with eager learners at many festivals including PFG, Fire Drums, and Poi Parliament. Renegade workshops hold a special place in Samwise’s heart, where he thrives on the spontaneous exchange of flow concepts, enriching the community with his unique perspective. Originally hailing from Colorado, Samwise’s journey has taken him across the United States, immersing him in diverse flow cultures and styles.


One of Samwise’s greatest passions lies in the study of shapes, both physical and conceptual. He has dedicated years to developing terminology specific to four poi spinning, a prop he has passionately embraced as his favorite. In essence, Samwise is not just an incredible flow artist, but a skilled maker, geometer, and shapesmith weaving together the threads of creativity to craft a vibrant tapestry of flow arts excellence.


***Masks are not required but are encouraged!! ***


Thanks for helping us keep our community safe and accessible to all. We will have extra masks for folks who want them.


Location: Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St. Bellevue, WA
**What should I expect?


Friendly faces and welcoming spaces. Open jams are an unstructured time to come together and practice flow arts while building connections and community. Many love teaching. All props, skill levels and movement modalities are encouraged and welcome!


We plan to host workshops on a monthly basis. Let the event host know if you’re interested in teaching!


**Don’t have a prop of your own? We’ve always got extra to share.
Donations keep us spinning! We believe in creating spaces for art, creativity, and connection that are financially accessible to all. Your donation helps make the magic happen~


Suggested donation for workshops is $10-35.
***Donate to SFAC:


* @seattleflowarts on Venmo
COVID Guidelines


– Masks are not required but ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. There will be extra masks available at the entry way for anyone who needs one.
– Please stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID or have been recently exposed to someone who is sick. If you recently attended a large, indoor gathering, please consider skipping, wearing a high quality mask, and/or taking an at home COVID test.
– Be mindful of people’s physical boundaries by asking first – especially before hugging or touching others.
– If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID, please reach out to us at hello@seattleflowarts.org
Eastside Spin Jam is a program operated by Seattle Flow Arts Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


March 9
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm


Northwest Arts Center in Bellevue
9825 NE 24th St.
Bellevue, WA United States
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