Classes and workshops will resume September 2022. Check back in August for information.
These classes focus on having fun together while moving our bodies and learning to move our hips gracefully. Technique is the focus for this class, no choreographies are taught. Occasionally other dance styles such as belly dance or Tahitian may be incorporated to help the hips. Drop ins are allowed. This class is recommended for all hula students, even advanced students to work more on their technique. Classes are 60 minutes.
Within the monthly series, students work on beginner hula footwork and easy choreographies. Students can join at the beginning of any month, as the months do not build upon each other. You'll learn easy hapa-haole style hulas. Classes are 90 minutes.
This may be for you if you want to learn more about hula beyond the physical body movements. You'll learn choreographies, history, myths, chants, and much more. You'll expand your hula knowledge to include kahiko (traditional) and 'auana (modern) hulas. New cohorts start twice a year and are limited to 6 in each group. All dancers within the school have the opportunity to perform after three months of attending classes.
This practice is great to do on your own and can be completed as a fluid dance or as a slow breath focused moving meditation. You'll be guided through connections to the elements of nature and your breath. You may receive internal guidance and messages from spirit while doing this. Available as a digital course with handouts and videos to learn at home.
Occasionally, half day to full day workshops are offered to special groups and/or for special events. A Mother's Day Workshop has been offered previously, where moms and daughters attended together to learn hula. Some special workshops are for beginners as introductions to hula, and others are for more advanced students with a special choreography focus or for other in-depth hula studies. See the Schedule or follow our Social Media pages to be notified of upcoming workshops.
Keiki Hula is offered occasionally throughout the year at a local dance studio. If interested in learning more, please contact Amanda.
Take Care of Yourself: Hula, although a low impact dance form can sometimes make high demands on your feet, ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and sense of balance. Please ask your doctor about the advisability of dancing Hula if you have any problems in any areas before beginning hula.
Our drop in/pop up classes are offered throughout the year and focus on the physical aspect of hula. Classes include beginner hula footwork and hand movements in a format to increase endurance, provide a good cardio workout, drill technique and as a bonus helps you to sweat out what needs to be released. Every dancer is encouraged to attend these classes to continue working on technique alone. These classes are open to women ages 18+ and with any level of dance experience or none. Each class consists of 60 minutes of hula technique and stretching.
1 Class: $10
If you find yourself really enjoying hula from the physical aspect of moving you might be interested in the monthly series classes that are 1.5 hours a week and include learning choreographies along with spiritual practices. After three months of dancing in the drill or monthly classes, you might be interested in joining the Hula School program to learn more about the cultural and spiritual aspects of hula.
We also offer a monthly series in which you are still learning and advancing in technique, but you will also begin to learn beginner hapa-haole hula numbers. The classes are 90 minutes in length and include: a warm-up, 30 minutes of low impact cardio and/or learning easy hulas, and ends with a cool down/stretching segment. You'll learn one choreography a month. Each series is limited to 6 students. These classes are open to women ages 18+ and with any level of dance experience or none.
Check back soon for dates/times.
Cost $35/month (one class a week, total of 4 classes with each class 1 hour). Drop ins are not allowed since choreographies are a focus. Students may begin the first of the month.
After dancing in the pop up or monthly series classes, you might be interested in joining the Hula school to learn more about the cultural and spiritual aspects of hula along with kahiko (traditional) hulas and 'auana (modern) hulas.
Within the Hula School, the program of study builds upon itself over time that you choose to commit to it. Every student that goes through the program will learn the same choreographies although their personal lessons may be different with hula. Hula has many layers and many lessons for us in life. In addition to Hula you'll be learning transformational tools to empower your life through Huna. This is not a traditional hālau hula (school) as I am not a Kumu who has gone through 'uniki, so I don't use the Hawaiian language to designate it as such. This is a three year learning program "school".
The Hula school classes are for more serious students of hula that desire to learn the deeper layers of hula and choreographies. These classes include choreography, mythology/stories, and spiritual lessons or meditations. We offer different cohort group starting dates for new students each year. Classes are for women over the age of 18 with or without a connection to Hawai'i. It is recommended that you take the Weekly Hawaiian Hula Drill Classes or the Monthly Hawaiian Hula Series for three months at a minimum before deciding to commit to this program. If you fall in love with hula, you'll probably decide like others to continue with this path for as long as you can.
The purpose of the school is:
Age, body size, ethnicity, hair color, profession, none of it matters as long as your heart has a desire to connect with other women through the beauty of movement, appreciation for the natural world and aloha. This is a sisterhood that supports each other, values and honors nature, and desires to be the aloha we wish to see in the world. The program is organized into different sessions over the span of three + years of learning. During each year, there are 6 sessions (modules). Within each session you will learn one to two different choreographies, a kahiko and an auana. Each session runs for two months (8 weeks with occasional weeks off for holidays). Weekly classes together include 1 hour of hula dance and 30 minutes of spiritual or cultural lessons.
Because of the way information is provided, drop ins are not allowed. This is a series of classes and a program of learning and growth. This allows active students to keep progressing. You must register to begin your program of study on a set date with a cohort of other students. Each cohort group is limited to 6 students to ensure quality of dissemination of information and so the instructor can provide feedback and assistance in technique. This smaller group size also allows us to really connect and get to know each other as women. You will not be just a face in the crowd.
Every cohort group, regardless of when you start will learn the same information and choreography throughout the three + years. You do not have to commit to three years of study, only two months at a time to see if it fits with you as you progress and your life events. If you miss more 3 classes within a session, you will be given the opportunity to join another cohort at a later time that picks up where you left off. I know life happens but if you miss more than 3 classes, you will not be allowed to move onto the next session and will need to repeat the current session by joining another group. Hula takes dedication. Although material is provided on-line, if you miss more than 3 classes, I have found it often frustrates the student in how much they have missed in person learning and it negatively impacts their confidence with hula. I don't want to see that happen for any of our dancers.
Each cohort meets weekly on the set day and time. Every student will receive access to a class portal with handouts to review and practice videos. You will be invited to join a private FB group to communicate with your peers and to receive information from the instructor. The idea is that your small group will remain together through the program to support each other not only through hula but with life in general no matter where you are geographically on the earth. At times others may join your group or some may have to leave which in itself will provide lots of lessons as we are teachers spiritually to each other as class dynamics and energy changes.
For those that have danced for 6 months (3 modules) you may have the opportunity to perform. Performance takes dedication and commitment of time in and outside of class time together. Performance is not for everyone, which I understand. Some of you may want to perform, some of you will not have the time to dedicate to it, and others do not want to be on a stage but may want to help in other ways. There are several ways to be involved. You may decide you want to help with costumes, hair, or other ways. Performances also include purchasing your own required adornments and attire.
At some time during your cohorts year, you will be invited to an extended weekend retreat along the coast of North Carolina. This will allow us to connect in person, review choreographies together and you'll also learn and/or become certified in the level of Kahi Loa as follows:
The reason Kahi Loa is incorporated into the hula curriculum is because after years of studying both, I feel they really compliment each other and are beneficial in continuing your spiritual journey, hula connection, and being the aloha you wish to see in the world. Attendance is not required at the weekend retreat but I lean towards thinking you will want to be together in person. Additional information will be sent out during module 3. The cost of the weekend will include accommodations, some meals, lessons, Kahi Loa training materials, and any materials needed for the Kahi Loa or lessons. The weekend will not include your travel to or from the retreat. Travel from the nearest airport may be available to the beach house.
*With pandemic restrictions this will be adjusted in 2021 and beyond as needed.*
1. Upon receipt of payment you will have access to the course portal that will contain your notes to print out and practice videos along with any other relevant information your instructor would like for you to know over the session.
2. Please print, fill out and bring the registration form & policies prior to your first class, this is a requirement and it is your pass to class. You can access this form in the course portal. For virtual classes, please email your signed form prior to class starting so you can receive your Zoom access code.
3. No observers are allowed in class. No exceptions. If the class is via Zoom, the instructor will ask to see you/turn the video on so we know you are a real person desiring to connect and learn with us the first time! If you don't show yourself initially, you will be removed from the session that day. Remember if the instructor can't see you, you'll miss important feedback on improving technique!
4. All new students are required to bring or have a folder (pocket folder or three ring binder) for handouts on lyrics and so on.
5. A uniform is required that consists of a pa’u (sacred dance skirt) and a black shirt. Attire must be purchased after the first module (two months). Additional information will be provided during the first module. Complete uniform must be worn to every class from module 2 forward. This develops discipline, commitment and responsibility. It also shows that we are one together while we are learning. This applies to virtual live streaming classes as well.
6. If you have to miss a week for any reason during a module, you will have the handouts with you to continue your study at home and you should be able to catch up in the following class. If you miss more than 3 classes within the module, you will need to repeat the session before moving on.
7. No refunds are given once you have registered for a cohort group and module once it has started. If you cancel prior to a module starting and have already paid for it, you may apply it to another cohort module you join later and/or you'll receive a refund, minus a 25% administration fee. You must email your instructor to notify them 24 hours before the module starts.
8. At least 6 months of class attendance is required prior to any scheduled performance. You will be required to purchase all attire for performances including adornments. Discounts for our groups may apply when ordered together by deadlines established. You are responsible for your own travel to the venue for performances. These performances are for fun, and dancers commit to participating in them to share their aloha and their accomplishments. Performances do not cost anything to be part of outside of costumes/adornments and if the festival/event has their own attendance entrance fee. Dancers are not paid for participation.
You'll need water and regular workout clothes. You'll also need a yoga mat and/or a blanket for the stretching and meditation portion.
Payment options: Cash, Checks, Credit Cards, PayPal, Venmo, Cashapp or Zelle. Payment information will be sent by email once you register.
Private hula lessons for members of the Hula School are at a discounted rate of $45/hour.
Year 1 curriculum includes 6, 8 week sessions. You'll learn foundational hula footwork, steps, protocol, kahiko, auana, and hapa-haole style hula numbers that are easy and fun!
There are 10 dances you'll learn this first year and 8 guided meditations to do whenever you would like. You'll end the year with your first noho (seated) hula.
Year 2 curriculum includes 6, 8 week sessions.
You'll learn intermediate hula footwork and steps and you'll dive deeper into the art of Hawaiian Hula. You will begin using two different hula implements. By the end of the year you'll have learned an additional 8-10 dances.
You must complete all 6 sessions from Year 1 before moving on to Year 2.
Year 3 curriculum includes 6, 8 week sessions.
You'll learn more advanced hula choreographies, additional hula's using implements, and more.
You must complete all 6 sessions from Year 2 and all 6 sessions from Year 2.
In the world we find ourselves in today, we are often not around other women as we need to be. We need each other and we flourish when we have each others support, friendship, and presence. Our families are happy when we are happy (especially when moms are happy!)
Learning can be fun. Learning something new keeps us engaged in life and with our own development. I've heard many Kumu's in their 80's tell me they are still learning something about hula everyday, even after six decades of doing hula. Hula just keeps expanding with what you can learn within it.
Various practices such as yoga as well as Hula, allow us to integrate our WHOLE selves in one moment in time. As women, dance/movement is a beautiful way for us to connect back into ourselves with.
One thing hula helps with for most in the west, is learning how to slow down in the dance and movement of life to enjoy moments fully present with ourselves and others. Awareness of the breathe and flow in our lives in how we push and rush things, or how we slowly flow reveal themselves in our hula movements and challenge us into new waters of experience for growth.
Feeling like there is more to life than the 9-5? Would you like a sacred space to explore spiritual topics with others for an hour or two with others? Spiritual discussions can nourish your soul. They allow you to explore new ideas, beliefs from different perspectives, and integrate what resonates and aligns with you while discarding the rest without judgment as what may be effective and work for another within their belief system. You find depth to your own life and existence while also honoring others with where they are in life.
This may be the most important one.
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