Tahitian Dance Basics

Dances from Polynesia and Tahiti

Tahitian Dance Basics

Ori Tahiti (Tamure/Tahitian dance) is a Polynesian dance originated from Tahiti. It consists of different style such as Aparima and Ote'a. 


Aparima is a dance that is very similar to Hula; it usually requires a lot of arm movements and is danced along and relatively to the song.


Ote'a on the other hand, is usually described as a rapid hip-shaking motion to percussion accompaniment. It was originally a dance that was only designated for men as the warriors' dance, but after generations, women joined in and also performed in Ote'a. Gestures in this dance usually describe their daily activities.