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  • Got to dance with Queens this weekend 👑💃🏻 I’m thankful to @manahivaproductions for making @tehonoori such an amazing event. Solo comps are cool motivators to push yourself individually to grow as a dancer but for me, I’ll always feel the Tahitian culture has to stay connected to ‘Ori Tahiti. It is a cultural dance and traditionally most importantly a “community” dance. How do we keep the culture connected to the dance? Study the language, go to Tahiti, experience the lifestyle, go to Tahiti to see the Heiva, not just to compete in solo comps over there. Dance with a pupu ‘Ori not just for solos but for that family you become part of through preparing for group presentations. Learn from Tahitian instructors when they come to your town. Remember that the dance is not about us as individuals, it’s bigger than that. We practice a dance form that has not only survived oppression but is now thriving all over the world. Be thankful for those that came before, those who perpetuated the dance when it was not popular and actually illegal by the missionaries. Be thankful to those today who sacrifice regular secure jobs to do what they love. 
The highlight of my dance weekend was learning from Moena and Lehia who traveled all the way from Tahiti to California to judge the event and teach workshops. I took a total of 3 workshops, Solo Training with Moena, ‘Aparima with Lehia and ‘Ote’a with Moena. I’ve never been to an event that featured so many different workshops and I’m soooo incredibly grateful to the organizers for this. 
I encourage dancers to take as many workshops as possible (with your ra’atira permission of course) learning from different instructors helps you become a better dancer and you can never stop learning and growing 💕💕💕
Māuruuru encore! @moena.maiotui @lehia.h Got to dance with Queens this weekend 👑💃🏻 I’m thankful to @manahivaproductions for making @tehonoori such an amazing event. Solo comps are cool motivators to push yourself individually to grow as a dancer but for me, I’ll always feel the Tahitian culture has to stay connected to ‘Ori Tahiti. It is a cultural dance and traditionally most importantly a “community” dance. How do we keep the culture connected to the dance? Study the language, go to Tahiti, experience the lifestyle, go to Tahiti to see the Heiva, not just to compete in solo comps over there. Dance with a pupu ‘Ori not just for solos but for that family you become part of through preparing for group presentations. Learn from Tahitian instructors when they come to your town. Remember that the dance is not about us as individuals, it’s bigger than that. We practice a dance form that has not only survived oppression but is now thriving all over the world. Be thankful for those that came before, those who perpetuated the dance when it was not popular and actually illegal by the missionaries. Be thankful to those today who sacrifice regular secure jobs to do what they love. The highlight of my dance weekend was learning from Moena and Lehia who traveled all the way from Tahiti to California to judge the event and teach workshops. I took a total of 3 workshops, Solo Training with Moena, ‘Aparima with Lehia and ‘Ote’a with Moena. I’ve never been to an event that featured so many different workshops and I’m soooo incredibly grateful to the organizers for this. I encourage dancers to take as many workshops as possible (with your ra’atira permission of course) learning from different instructors helps you become a better dancer and you can never stop learning and growing 💕💕💕 Māuruuru encore! @moena.maiotui @lehia.h
  • Got to dance with Queens this weekend 👑💃🏻 I’m thankful to @manahivaproductions for making @tehonoori such an amazing event. Solo comps are cool motivators to push yourself individually to grow as a dancer but for me, I’ll always feel the Tahitian culture has to stay connected to ‘Ori Tahiti. It is a cultural dance and traditionally most importantly a “community” dance. How do we keep the culture connected to the dance? Study the language, go to Tahiti, experience the lifestyle, go to Tahiti to see the Heiva, not just to compete in solo comps over there. Dance with a pupu ‘Ori not just for solos but for that family you become part of through preparing for group presentations. Learn from Tahitian instructors when they come to your town. Remember that the dance is not about us as individuals, it’s bigger than that. We practice a dance form that has not only survived oppression but is now thriving all over the world. Be thankful for those that came before, those who perpetuated the dance when it was not popular and actually illegal by the missionaries. Be thankful to those today who sacrifice regular secure jobs to do what they love. The highlight of my dance weekend was learning from Moena and Lehia who traveled all the way from Tahiti to California to judge the event and teach workshops. I took a total of 3 workshops, Solo Training with Moena, ‘Aparima with Lehia and ‘Ote’a with Moena. I’ve never been to an event that featured so many different workshops and I’m soooo incredibly grateful to the organizers for this. I encourage dancers to take as many workshops as possible (with your ra’atira permission of course) learning from different instructors helps you become a better dancer and you can never stop learning and growing 💕💕💕 Māuruuru encore! @moena.maiotui @lehia.h
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