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Tahitian Dance

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Tahitian Dance Basics

with Iolani, Huen and Mey Jen

Ori Tahiti (Tamure/Tahitian dance) is a Polynesian dance that originated from Tahiti. It consists of different styles 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.

WEDNESDAY       

11:00 am   Polynesian* L1   on request

FRIDAY   
7:30 pm   Polynesian* L1 Huen         

8:30 pm  Tahitian L1  Huen         

       

SATURDAY       

4:15 pm   Polynesian* L2   Iolani 

 

Notes:

Polynesian*: includes both Hawaiian and Tahitian

L1: Elementary Level and 60 minute duration

L2: Intermediate Level and 75 minute duration