E pūlama nā liko - Treasure the youth
Community kōkua are a big part of the Academy's mission to mālama (take care) and support our island communities. Please show your support and plan on participating in these activities when called upon by Kumu.
Lastly, if you eventually decide that 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy is not for you, please continue to show your respect for the Academy and the Kumu Hula: (1) let your Kumu know you have decided to leave and why; (2) let your Kumu know where you intend to go; and if you choose to study at another hālau, (3) let the new Kumu Hula know where you've been studying and why you left.
Mahalo nui loa for reading through the APDA Student Guidelines. We hope you will find them helpful, and we hope you enjoy being a student of the 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy!
The origins of hula are lost in the distant past. The ways in which hula was taught and lived have changed dramatically over the years. The ways in which hula is taught today differs from decades ago. Despite those changes, there are still rules of behavior that govern how we are to behave in the hālau, in our classes, and towards ourKumu Hulaandtheir Kōkua(assistants). The following are the formal Policies and Procedures of 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.
'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and scholarship programs, employment, and other Academy administered programs.
In addition to the formal policies above, there are important hula hālau protocol which every dancer should know or and observe:
And just a few final points to remember:
Thehālau is NOT a playground. Children should be discouraged from running, yelling, or playing inside the hālau.
Practice is fundamental! Some people find it helpful to (audio) record the class so that they can practice at home; others make note of steps and choreography. Whatever you need to help you learn is recommended. Keep in mind your reasons for wanting to learn to dance and apply those reasons as part of the discipline of learning.
'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy's curriculum is grounded in the learning of basic hula (dance) steps in Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori disciplines. In our meticulous Level 1 classes, you will learn how to perform the basic steps in the Academy's style, as well as the dance terminology that goes with it. In our Level 2 class and above, you will learn dance choreography in unison with each cultural mele (song), chant and drum beat. Knowledge of the cultural languages is not required, though, during the course of your studies, it will be necessary for you to learn to sing or chant some or all of the words to many of the songs.
Performanceskills are incorporatedinto the teaching, and your training will be based on helping you develop into a skilled performer. Performances are an aspect of our curriculum as they provide the means by which we achieve our goal as an educational institution. Participation in performances is based upon need and skills as determined by Kumu Hula only.
Be advised that preparation for some performances and/or community events may require changes in the class schedule; which includes temporary cessation of regular classes.
Class Kōkua (helpers), or alaka'i, are there to assist Kumu Lani with some classes. Be sure that you introduce yourself to him or her, as they may be new to your class. Academy communications are primarily channeled via email, the class bulletin and the APDA website. Keep in mind that there are many of you and only one Kumu. It is imperative that we have a way in which to get in contact with you (email and telephone). It is your kuleana (responsibility) to regularly check your email, the class bulletin or the APDA website for updated class and event information.
Members are required to purchase the APDA uniform to wear during practice (2 shirts for $28).
Hula pā'u are $25 for Kaikamāhine (girls) and $35 for Wāhine (women).
Pareau are $5 for tamahine (girls) and $10 for vahine (women).
Poi balls are $10/pair.
Ka Papa Hula:
Kaikamāhinedancers wear a beige hula pa'u, an APDA t-shirt and Danceskin style shorts (mid-thigh). All wāhine dancers wear a red hula pa'u, APDA t-shirt and Danceskinstyle shorts(mid-thigh).
Keikikāne (boys), 'ōpio and kāne (men) dancers, wear loose fitting black basketball type shorts (no running shorts) and an APDA t-shirt. More information on your uniform will be provided by your class kōkua (assistant).
Ka Papa Tahiti:
Tamahine (girl) dancers wear an orange pareau, an APDA t-shirt and Danceskin style shorts (mid-thigh). All vahinedancers wear a red pareau, an APDA t-shirt and Danceskin style shorts (mid-thigh).
Tamaiti (boy) and tāne (men) dancers wear loose fitting black basketball type shorts (no running shorts) and an APDA t-shirt. More information on your uniform will be provided by your class kōkua.
Please bring the following when you attend your first class:
$25 Registration Fee
your first month's tuition
For yourfirst class, wear a loose fitting t-shirt (preferably solid black or white) and comfortable leggings or shorts (no jeans). If you already have a pā'u (skirt), please bring it with you.
Please also read the APDA Student Guidelines prior to enrolling.