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Flow Arts: A Deep Dive into the World of Juggling and Flow State

Flow Arts is a general term used to describe the intersection of a variety of movement-based disciplines including dance, juggling, fire-spinning, and object manipulation. The Flow Arts draw from a multitude of ancient and modern movement disciplines from Maori poi spinning to modern fire dancing, from martial arts and Taichi to circus arts and hula hooping.


Many props used in Flow Arts have their origins in indigenous cultures around the world. For example, poi spinning originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. In Hawaii, traditional hula dancing often incorporates the use of props such as ipu (gourds) and uli uli (feathered gourds). In Fiji, fire knife dancing has its roots in the Samoan ailao, a warrior's knife dance.



Flow Juggle (www.flowjuggle.com) is a website that offers a wide variety of props for flow arts including poi, staffs & batons, balls & clubs, levitation wands, flower sticks, martial arts props such as dragon staff, and LED chucks.


In summary, Flow Arts is an emerging movement-based art form that integrates dance and creative exploration of movement with skill-based prop manipulation. Many props used in Flow Arts have their origins in indigenous cultures around the world. Flow Juggle (www.flowjuggle.com) offers a wide variety of props for flow arts including poi, staffs & Dragon Staff, diabolo, balls & clubs, and many more.


4/17/2023(1) Native American art | History, Styles, & Facts | Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/art/Native-American-art Accessed 4/17/2023.

(2) Indigenous Theater and Performance of North America. https://www.athe.org/page/indigenous_theater Accessed 4/17/2023.

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