BEGINNER COURSE

For complete beginners or those with some experience looking to improve their foundations.

NEW LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 COURSES ADDED
 

LEVEL 1 BEGINNER FOUNDATION COURSE

This exciting and supportive course covers the culture and history, music, language, and of course movement of 'Ori Tahiti and Hula. These classes stretch beyond drills and technique and teach you the proper foundations to becoming a storyteller though Polynesian dance. Expect to connect not only to your body, but to discover something deeper within yourself and your femininity.

Work up a sweat while learning the basic techniques, posturing, gestures, and hip isolations. We begin with a lesson on the culture and history- learning everything from how to properly tie your pareo, to gaining a deeper understanding of the themes we dance about and the legends and myths behind them. We quickly move into learning the proper posturing and technique involved in the beautiful hip movements, and we add the gestures for your upper body in order to create stories with our arms. You will also learn about pehe and mele, the drums and songs of ‘Ori and Hula.
A choreography on a chosen theme will be taught, helping to aid in your transitions, shifts, technique, muscle memory and performance skills, and finally we will have a costume making session to prepare for our final performance showcase, where we will perform to the more experienced dancers. This gives you a chance to meet the ‘ohana and build relationships shall you choose to continue to learn. Don’t worry, they’ve all been in your shoes and are incredibly supportive- you’ll see!

*Where every beginner should start.

INFORMATION:
Saturdays April 6th - May 4th
10.30am-1.30pm
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, E2 9EG
£155 Includes Pareo and Costume Materials
Please wear a comfortable top and note that we dance barefoot.
Bring a notebook, pen and plenty of water!
*Yoga Mat for stretching optional

INFORMATION:
Saturdays June 8th + June 15th
10am-5pm
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, E2 9EG
£155 Includes Pareo and Costume Materials
Please wear a comfortable top and note that we dance barefoot.
Bring a notebook, pen and plenty of water!
*Yoga Mat for stretching optional

Beginner Course
(2 day) Beginner Course

Due to limited spaces, 50% refund will be given up to 1 week prior to workshop.



LEVEL 2 IMPROVER COURSE

Level 2 focuses on building the proper strength, posturing, coordination, rhythm, and muscle memory needed to take the next step in your dancing in both 'Ori Tahiti and Hula 'Auana. In this course, you work your mind and your body as you develop technique and confidence through drills and combinations.

We begin each week by learning about a given theme (you will be given further reading materials for personal study). We then look at hand and arm gestures that represent our theme and help us to tell the story, then drill lower bodies, teaching them to move, in time, to a given pehe or mele. You will develop coordination as you begin to add your arm gestures to your hip movements, and by utilising weight shifts and transitions, and, eventually, levels.
Towards the end of the course, each student will select the combination of their choice to develop further, and will be helped to prepare a costume and a short presentation. Invite friends and family, and of course the LSHO 'ohana will be there to cheer you on!

*Great for improvers or those with various dance experience.

*** 'OHANA DISCOUNT FOR THOSE HAVE PREVIOUSLY DONE THE LEVEL 1 COURSE OR REGULARLY ATTEND THE MONDAY CLASSES
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INFORMATION:
Wednesdays April 3rd - May 29th
6.45-8pm
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, E2 9EG
£125
Please wear a comfortable top and note that we dance barefoot.
Bring a notebook, pen and plenty of water!
*Yoga mat for stretching optional

 
Level 2 Course
 

Due to limited spaces, 50% refund will be given up to 1 week prior to workshop.