Please wear comfortable clothing with hair pulled back into a bun. Studio members are required to wear appropriate attire to classes.
Studio Rules: Do not walk on dance mats with shoes. Remove your shoes when you enter in and put in the shoe cubby. Dress comfortably. All students: must have hair pulled back in a ponytail or bun. CLEAN Halau tshirt and CLEAN & IRONED class pa'u must be worn to every class.
Intro to Hula
This class provides students with the foundation needed to continue on to beginner level classes. Basics class covers basic hula and Tahitian dance steps, posture, and coordination of hand and foot movements. Basic session generally runs six to eight weeks but can vary depending on the student's ability. Basic class is a requirement for every new dancer.
Tiny Bubbles (ages 4-6) A free 20-30 minute class
Tiny Bubbles are basic classes offered to our tiniest keiki ages four through six (4-6), and begins to introduce the concept of Hawaiian dance through special hula dances that focus on hand movements and basic dance steps. Tiny bubbles is preparation for Keiki I.
*Note: Keiki should be able to distinguish between their left and right hand side.
Keiki I (ages 6-12)
Keiki I classes are offered for children ages six through twelve (6-12). Basic fundamentals of age specific hula and other Polynesian dance forms are offered. Keiki I students slowly progress on to Tahitian dance movements, chants, and hula implements.
Keiki II (ages 6-12)
The Keiki II class expands upon what was learned in Keiki I, incorporating slighty more advanced dances. Keiki II students slowly progress on to more advanced Hawaiian and Tahitian dance movements/routines and older Keiki II students are prepared to enter the Teen Group.
Teen Group (ages 13-19)
This teen oriented class is fun, yet comprehensive and vigorously designed not only to strengthen dance skills, but to strengthen the dancer themselves. Tahitian, Hawaiian, and Maori dance forms are taught with focus on posture, group work, and hand/foot coordination. Fast paced class.
Whole Group Lessons
Whole group lessons focus on more mature routines. This class is taught at a brisk pace and delves deeper into culture and language. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori dances will be taught.
Gracious ladies class is for our older residents who wish to participate in some form of gentle exercise and dance. Focus is on posture, and hand/foot coordination and is taught at a slower pace. Language and culture are also expressed in this class.
Private or semi-private lessons available for student(s) wanting one on one instruction or wishing to prepare for a special performance.
Single lessons or ongoing private lessons may be scheduled.
Workshops offered on occasion, contact for more information.
Professional group of performance dancers. Entrance into this group is by discretion.
Incorporate Hawaiian culture, language, and traditions that go into the learning process, and although not all haumāna perform, all learn what the Aloha Spirit encompasses. Our haumāna come from many different walks of life, with many varied cultural norms and values. Therefore, it is our goal that each haumāna will willingly embrace, and exemplify the Aloha Spirit within our dance company, and within the communities we provide entertainment, volunteer services and support to. KPDC strives to keep abreast of all new elements that encompass this style of dance, providing both our haumāna and audiences with authentic, yet popular trends in Polynesian culture.
Participation by all haumāna in community service and group activities is not a requirement, but is highly encouraged. Community service is a cornerstone in the development of our future leaders, and aids in the fostering of leadership qualities needed to grow into productive 21st century global citizens. By volunteering time, youthful haumāna grant themselves the gift of opportunity to learn from, and model their actions and behaviors after our adult haumāna. Adult haumāna are in turn gifted with sharing their wisdom and knowledge with all they come in contact with. As our company comes together to share in Aloha Spirit, the hope is that strong bonds will be planted, nurtured, and cultivated within all our hula brothers and sisters. Gathering in such ways aids in bridging gaps between age, ethnic backgrounds, and varying points of view.
This offering is an expansion of our larger vision, and an extension of mutual help for and from all our haumana. Membership in this volunteer group offers those who share our passion, vision, and philosophy opportunities to participate in and support Hālau activities without the commitment of strenuous hula studies. This member’s primary focus for example, would be to assist our outreach/grant writer and events coordinators in organizing halau outings, recitals, workshops, and fundraisers. Kokua members are not obligated to participate, however we cannot stress enough how greatly we value and appreciate our volunteer base, for they are the foundation upon which KPDC rests. Kokua Members are recognized as honorary hula brothers and sisters, acknowledged as silent supporters to the KPDC ohana, and are held in the highest esteem. For more information on how to get involved in this membership, inquire with our outreach coordinator via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial membership includes:
KPDC Kokua Member Tee shirt
KPDC Ribbon Lei
Kokua Member discount to Kaiholunuie events
The benefits of dancing hula.
Hula Dancing can have various levels of appeal that calm the body, mind and spirit, no matter how far away from the islands one may be. This genre of dance can be rigorous, but can also be relaxing for the dancer. Joining a group or halau ( school), not only takes one away from the rigor and worries of the week, but brings the closeness of extended Ohana (family), to the practitioner. Over the past few years, hula has gained popularity across many continents, infusing Aloha spirit Into the grain of many cultures. This makes hula a very popular style of dance with a huge population of devoted haumana (students). Haumana can range from all ages, genders, ethnicities, and body types. There is no person that is refused the ability to learn the art of hula; rather, it is the dedication of the dancer, and the engagement of the mind, body, and spirit that are the makings of a beautiful hula dancer.
The benefits of hula to the body are many. Not only is it a cardiovascular workout that provides a low-impact workout for the dancer, but provides benefits that strengthen and tone the stomach, hips, thighs, calves, arms and buttocks. Learning the basics of hula also strengthen back muscles and changes posture during dance. Some hula require grace, while others are quick in tempo requiring strength and stamina. Overall, the eye, hand, and foot coordination can be something that is a challenge for new Haumana, but can be quickly rectified with dedicated practice.
Practicing mindfulness assists in enhancing your memory, and is always something that requires exercise, especially as we grow older. For younger Haumana, the ease of learning shows due to their ability to retain. The youngest Haumana have the ability to retain hula steps and routines simply by being immersed and watching group practices. Help enhance your mind and memory by the repetition of steps, learning their names, and the execution of them with rhythmic beats. Basic steps are only one part of learning Hula. Dancing also requires the mind to learn meanings of dances and their backgrounds, as well as the stories and myths that surround them.
Hula is an art form that can bring peace not only to the mind, but to the spirit as well. Hula can wash away the tension that gathers in us during the week by easing stress. The rigor and breathing techniques that happen during practice often mimic the soothing sounds of the ocean, bringing a peaceful awareness to the soul. Many songs are inspired by natural elements such as the ocean, the gently moving grass or trees in the wind, the wide range of fragrant flowers, and rainfall. There are too many elements to mention here that inspire Hawaiian songs; however, imagining these elements of nature as you dance brings a peace to the soul, providing a spiritual experience for the dancer.