Students learn the basics of hula dancing.
What will I learn in this class?
Students learn the basics of hula dancing. Classes also teach students the language, music and stories of Hawaiian history and culture for an immersive introduction to the world of hula. Hula enhances the development of basic skills, focusing on social, emotional, musical, language and motor development.
What are the benefits of this class?
Physically, this class helps students develop body coordination and exercise leg and core muscle groups. Hand motions also help tone arms and fingers. Classes also give children the opportunity to express themselves creatively through hula steps and rhythms. By learning the language and culture of Hawaii, children find new ways to relate to the dances they practice and are encouraged to use their imaginations when dancing.
Who will teach this class?
Tokyo-native Mito Kobayashi, of Tokyo-based Halau Hula Pa’I Kukui dance group, teaches hula classes for all ages including adults and international schools in the Tokyo area. Mito has been dancing hula and Tahitian styles for 20 years. Hawaii-native Shane Fermantez was raised on the island of Oahu. The group Halau Hula Pa’I Kukui was named after Shane’s grandmother of pure Hawaiian decent. This class occasionally features other instructors.
4–12yrs | Sep 3–Dec 10 | Tue | 4:30–5:30pm | 14 classes* | Cancel by Sep 3 | ¥49,000
*On Oct 29 and Nov 19, class will be held in Beate Sirota Gordon and Haru Reischauer classrooms.