This non-traditional to the mainland dance form is what our studio is unique for.
Dancers will learn various Tahitian, Maori, and Hawaiian styles of dance. Students will learn hula movements and terminology, utilizing them in learning ancient style hulas (Kahiko) and modern style hulas (‘Auana).
Students will also learn to use hula implements such as the ipu (gourd), pu’ili (a split bamboo rod), the ‘uli ‘uli (feathered gourd rattle), and also the Maori poi ball. Dancers will learn to tell a story using their hands and body movements, while the meanings of the dances will be explained. Basic Tahitian dance movements will also be taught.
Our Polynesian/ Hula & Tahitian instructors travel to Hawaii frequently to study, perform, and bring back their knowledge and love of the culture to our students. We offer our Polynesian/ Hawaiian classes children through adult. “Walk in and hula out!”
Intro to Dance
This class is for our tiniest dancers without parent/ guardian participation in which they explore the very basics of ballet, tap, Hawaiian, and acrobats. In this class dancers will learn about instruction through a positive environment, improve balance, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, and gain self-confidence in a fun and educational atmosphere.
Dancers will learn the fundamentals of classical ballet techniques and terminology through barre and across the floor exercises, as well as center work combinations. Dancers will also focus on building the strength, flexibility and control needed to execute ballet moves. As dancers progress through each level, the focus will become increasingly more intricate and complex.
Lyrical is a combination of technical and complex movement that branches from both the technique and terminology of ballet and jazz. Lyrical is a communicative style of dance that allows for freedom of expression in the dancer and is often performed to popular and slower contemporary music. In this class, dancers are guided and taught to interpret his or her movement with feeling, motion and style in order to tell a story and create the picture of a song.
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, timing, style and sound through the use of the dancers feet to various types of music or acapella. Students will learn a variety of tap styles, steps, and combinations. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, using your feet as an instrument and having fun. As students progress, the focus will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
A fun, high energy class incorporating the latest styles of street dancing, isolations, and free styling. Classes will encourage dancers to loosen up, have fun, and bring their own individual style and personality to the movements to up-beat and age appropriate music. Classes include upper and lower body conditioning, as well as a warm-up and across the floor exercises. Partner and group work is present and student choreography and teaching is encouraged when time permits.
Jazz class is very high energy from the music to the movement with a strong emphasis on technique, performance quality, stretch, strength, and style. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as broadway and contemporary. Warm-ups, body isolations, stretching, turning, leaping and technical steps are taught, as well as across-the-floor progressions and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills on the mats and on the floor! Students are guided towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic techniques and skills such as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, handsprings, balance, partner work etc., each at the student’s individual level of experience and ability.
Enjoy learning the Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, or Latin (Samba, Tango, Rumba). Must have own partner. Couples or group classes are available, specializing in wedding preparation for the wedding couple, entire party, or just for fun!
Mommy & Me Music & Movement (or daddy, aunt, or grandparent etc.)
This 45 minute class is for boys & girls ages 12 months-3 years old with parent/ guardian participation. It features age-appropriate activities for kids designed to facilitate fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, dance, learning and laughter. Watch your little one progress at their own pace, have fun and build confidence as they make new friends and develop new skills.
A 45-60 minute exercise & Polynesian dance class combining stretching, conditioning and basic Hawaiian and Tahitian techniques and choreography for an excellent cardio workout. A fun way to stay healthy and learn a few Hula and Tahitian moves along the way! This uniquely designed class combines hula and fitness to help you burn calories and strengthen your entire body. You don’t need to be a dancer to benefit from this workout! First class is always FREE, $5 drop in rate after that, or class cards available - 5 classes for $20. No registration required.
Adult VARIETY ($10)
A 45 minute drop-in class for adults at the intermediate/advanced level. Style varies weekly between jazz, hip-hop, dance cardio, jazz funk etc. Get in some exercise warming up, dancing across the floor and learning new combinations weekly. $10 drop-in or class cards available - 5 classes for $40. No registration required.