About Hula Dance
Hula Dance For The body
We have compiled a lesson menu with the goal of building healthy bodies.
Centered around various hand movements and steps using the legs and hips in time with gentle music, hula dance shows both human feelings and nature. With abundant emotion, hula not only helps build healthy bodies, it also helps the spirit become calm and serene.
You can find the class that’s just for you
At this school, so that persons of any age can enjoy hula dance, we have beginner to intermediate and advanced classes, and a class for children (KEIKI CLASS) as well.
For those who want to live a healthy lifestyle, for those who want to get in shape, whatever your needs, you can be sure to find a class that suits you.
Along with the Misawa classes, there are classes in Hachinohe, Hashikami, Towada, and Rokunohe, so inquire about the class nearest you.
This class is for the person who is studying hula for the first time. We will gently teach you enjoyable lessons from the basics.
Not forcefully moving the hips up and down, we start with walking because the basis of movement is the shifting of the body mass, then we learn hand movements. We don’t want to move like ballerinas in Swan Lake, so while imaging Hawaii’s cobalt blue ocean, we move as if we were swaying gently on the surface of the water. Next we add leg movements to the hand movements. Hula dance is almost like sign language as we move with the intention of communication to others.
“At first it seemed difficult, but before I knew it I was dancing!” students say often. Since the classes are designed according to principles of fitness, while learning traditional hula, the aerobic activity of the dance strengthens the heart and lungs, and make you sweat, so they have the added benefit of getting you in shape.
Because we teach with your needs in mind, please come with confidence- we await your requests.
Keiki (Children’s) Class
We have a class for youngsters to enjoy hula dancing. Our youngest is only three, and she dances with an aura not wanting to be outdone by her big sisters. She wants to be a Hawaiian Hula Girl. Since your child will have the chance to perform at events and such, you can observe the growth of your child and broaden your delight as a parent. Please come by with your child and observe our KEIKI class.
Core Muscles Strengthening Class
This is a class for strengthening the core (middle body) muscles, especially the muscles that are needed for hula dance. Class begins with two-person teams assisting each other in stretching and limbering, followed by strengthening exercises using rubber tubes to strengthen the shoulder and rotator-cuff muscles, reducing risk of shoulder injury as well as strength and flexibility. Then work on the core muscles that are needed in dance for beautiful performance. It is said that muscle training is the secret to maintaining youth, and our class puts these words into action.
Healthy Exercise Class
This class is perfect for preventing dementia, staying out of the nursing home, and reducing stress. The goal of this best training regimen is to enable people of ages in 70s and 80s to continue to depend on themselves, staying healthy, walking and working, building bodies that don’t need outside care. Using simple tools like towels, we teach easy and effective exercises for muscular strength and flexibility. For flexibility, we use yoga-like stretching and we workout to the rhythm of good music for fun while we sweat, with aerobic exercise conducted according to the latest fitness standards of safety and effectiveness, and what’s best is you can easily start your program anytime.
Fitness Tahitian Dance Healthy Exercise Class
This is a new and very popular class! While doing actual Tahitian dance combined with fitness goals, this is a great new experience with the goal of fitness and health. Only seen on stage and video, people often think that Tahitian dance is something only for youths, but that is not the case as people approaching middle and even old age can benefit from this very effective exercise to prevent loss of strength and ability and for ladies, even ease the problems of menopause. The muscles around the lower back and pelvis are limbered and strengthened, helping to prevent lower back pain, and stabilizing the pelvis. We dance to the rhythm of the south seas, having fun while we sweat and get the exercise we so dearly need. So let’s get that smart waistline, while we acquire good health and beauty!
We introduce instruments that cannot be excluded from hula dance. Here at this school we use the instruments that were used in olden times. These instruments are traditionally made from the gourd and other local materials.
- Using a small gourd filled with the seeds of the ali’I plant, sealed, and then affixed with a feathered caps, the uli’uli is shaken to produce a sound similar to maracas.
- This is a percussion instrument made with the gourd. Dancers beat on them to make rhythm while dancing.
Hula is comprised of song and motion, but the costumes and accessories are necessary as well. When dancing, the content of the song and the land it describes determine the costume and accessories. In Hawaii, each island has its own color, so accessories that reflect the plants and costumes of the land. We have representative clothing, items and flower leis. The flowers worn are determined by the meaning of the song. When the plumeria is in the song, we wear plumeria in the hair or as a lei. Usually the hair is gathered and a traditional flower hair accessory is used.
FAQs About Hula Classes
- Can I try a class first?
- Yes, you can. The first 15 minutes are free.
- Is there an age limit?
- At this school we have students ranging from age 3 to age 80, so really there is no limit.
- Are there bodily changes brought about by hula dancing?
- There are individual differences, but we have students happily exclaiming “I lost weight”, “I got healthy”, “My knee pain and back pain got better” and so on.
- What should I bring and wear?
- You should bring water or sports drink to rehydrate, and bring a towel to wipe the sweat. You should also wear a skirt or clothing that is easy to move in. Finally, we dance the hula barefoot, so you might want to bring a wet towel to wipe your feet after the dance session.