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Does anyone know of a hula instructor for children who
would be interested in offering a class to a small group of
6-7 year old girls within the context of a birthday party? I am
aware of the keiki hula classes posted previously on the
BPN site, but none of these places are willing to offer a
class at a private home. The party/class would be at our
house. many thanks!
mother of a hula afficianado
You can try Kathleen Hogan who teaches several dance classes,
called ''Little Feet,'' for kids ages 3 to 7 around the East Bay.
Kathleen is well-versed in a wide range of dances, and I'd
recommend her for your party if she's available. I recommend her
classes too! I really don't know if she does one-time gigs, but
it would be worth asking.
She can be reached at 510-526-2349
I know a great hula teacher for kids-- my daugher absolutely
adores her, she's a truly gifted teacher! Her name is Sue
Hartnett and she was born and grew up in Hawaii. She plays the
ukelele and guitar, and teaches creative movement and hulu. She
might just be perfect for your party! I checked in with her,
she's definitely interested and has taught at a lot of birthday
parties. To reach her by email: hartnett AT peoplepc.com
Laurie Smith has YEARS of experience as a hula dancer
and children's hula teacher. She does hula birthday parties
regularly. Give her a call at (925) 798-0529.
Both of my daughters (8 yrs.old) are interested in taking Hula lessons.
Teacher or studio in Berkeley or Oakland would be fine.
Thank you very much for any information! Grace
There is a ''keiki'' childrens polynesian dance class taught at:
Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance
729 Heinz Ave
Mahea will also be offering a limited session
introduction to Hula and a separate introduction to Tahitian
beginning later this month. I do not know if there is a
preferred age for the introduction vs the keiki class.
For more details, see: http://mahea.com
The YWCA on Bancroft also offers a hula class.
You can also look at: http://pw1.netcom.com/~halkop/halau.html
for a more extensive listing of formal hula schools.
The Berkeley Adult School offers hula lessons, although I think
you have to be 18 to join the classes. The tuition is quite
reasonable ($37 for 7 classes). perhaps the instructor would
know of classes for kids.
Does anyone know of a Hawaiian or Polynesian Dance
class for children in or near Berkeley?
Lakeridge Athletic Club offers Hula/Polynesian dance classes
for kids and adults. The sessions are 30 minutes and I think a
4 week session is under $50. I am not sure what the story is
for non-members, but call them and ask for Peggy. 510.222.2500.
It may be too far for you, but there's a dance studio in San
Leandro that teaches Hawaiiian/Tahitian dance to kids. I think
they start as young as 2 or 3. It's Dina Star Dancers, and the
phone number is 483-9450.
A couple of years ago I checked out Mahea Uchiyama's
International Dance Center (Heinz in Berkeley) tel. 845-2605.
Unfortunately, the schedule didn't work with our's at the time.
She starts Hawaiian/Polynesian with children at age 7 or older.
Does anyone know of a reputable, reasonable dance studio for
Polynesian dance for a 4
year old girl in the east bay.
I recommend that you contact Mahea (Mahea Uchiyama Center for
International Dance). I'm not sure if she is currently teaching
a beginning kid class, but she may have one in the future or know
For more details: http://www.mahea.com
Mahea's school is doing a repertory concert this weekend at Julia
Morgan, if you want a better idea of what her school does.
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