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Polynesian Dance

$60.00 4 Week Month, $75.00 5 Week Month, $20.00 Drop-In rate

Polynesian Dance Classes

Beginner Polynesian Wednesdays 6:30 -7:30pm West Wing Studio C
Int/Adv Polynesian Mondays 6:30-7:30pm West Wing Studio B

Hula ʻAuana

A beautiful cultural dance known for its soft knees, swaying hips and intricate arm and hand movements.

The modern hula is called Hula ʻAuana (oh-wan-ah) and was created in response to Western influences that came to the islands. ‘Auana means to wander or ramble, which aligns with the deviation of this particular type of hula as it drifted away from the sacred elements intrinsic to Hula Kahiko.

It encompasses the sensibilities of those who were not native, becoming less formal and more interactive with the audience. While Hula ʻAuana also tells stories through movement and song, it is contemporary in nature and what most people think, in a generic sense, of hula dancing. Hula ʻAuana is performed with a variety of musical instruments, including the ukulele and steel guitar.

What is Tahitian Fundamentals?

Tahitian dance is a beautiful dance art coming from Tahiti, French Polynesia, an island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about six hours flight from Hawaii. Students can expect to get a great core and lower body workout from this traditional Polynesian island dance!

Taught by Teaching Associate

Lei Viela-Crandall

Taught by Teaching Associate

Michelle Lapid

What is Hula Dance?

Sundays Beginner Hula 12:45 – 1:45 PM

Mondays Intermediate Hula 5:30-6:30 PM

Hula ʻAuana

A beautiful cultural dance known for its soft knees, swaying hips and intricate arm and hand movements.

The modern hula is called Hula ʻAuana (oh-wan-ah) and was created in response to Western influences that came to the islands. ‘Auana means to wander or ramble, which aligns with the deviation of this particular type of hula as it drifted away from the sacred elements intrinsic to Hula Kahiko. 

It encompasses the sensibilities of those who were not native, becoming less formal and more interactive with the audience. While Hula ʻAuana also tells stories through movement and song, it is contemporary in nature and what most people think, in a generic sense, of hula dancing. Hula ʻAuana is performed with a variety of musical instruments, including the ukulele and steel guitar.

Taught by Teaching Associate

Lei Viela-Crandall

What is Tahitian Fundamentals?

Monday 6:30-7:30pm

Tahitian dance is a beautiful dance art coming from Tahiti, French Polynesia, an island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about six hours flight from Hawaii. Students can expect to get a great core and lower body workout from this traditional Polynesian island dance!

Taught by Teaching Associate

Michelle Lapid