Hula is an ancient Hawaiian dance form used to tell a story and convey emotions. In these classes, participants learn basic hula steps and hand movements of the different styles of hula. A typical hour class includes a warm up, 30 minutes of drilling steps, and then choreography and a cool down. Because of her studies in Hawai’i, she also brings into classes, hula etiquette, discussions on lineages of hula, Hawaiian culture, and oli’s (chants).
Typically a new group of students will begin with the hapa-haole style of hula (Hollywood Era of Hula/westernized with songs in English…Blue Hawaii, Little Brown Gal, etc). Students also learn the ‘auana style of hula. This is the elegant modern version of hula, typically set to instruments and vocals in the Hawaiian language). Translated it means “to drift”. Students also learn kahiko (traditional) dances to mele’s (songs) with more of a drumbeat (ipu), some of which are estimated to have been created over 150 years ago. This class is a wonderful way to connect with the body through gentle and graceful movements of the hips and arms. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice.
Another form of “hula”, known as Kalana Hula is a simple moving meditation that includes breath work and flowing movements similar to Tai Chi or Qigong. Amanda offers Kalana Hula at various yoga studios around the state when she’s in the area. Visit the Kalana Hula page to learn more.
Emerald ‘Aina Hula Dancers is led by Redheaded Hula Girl (Amanda Todd). Currently classes are all levels. Kids/Youth classes are limited in enrollment and usually geared to ages 4-11 unless otherwise noted (summer camps have separate age groups). Be sure to Like Redheaded Hula Girl on FB for hula wisdom, inspiration, and upcoming class information (or cancellations). See the weekly schedule shown below and the summer camp 2017 info below. Pop-up hula events will be shown on the FB site. Amanda is also available for school events, home luaus and birthday parties. Email Amanda to inquire about bringing the Aloha spirit to your event!
Spring 2017 Weekly Schedule:
Thursdays in Cedar Point @ Jessica’s Dance Academy
Swansboro Kids Hula 5:30-6:00 pm, drop in $7; and
Adult Hula 6:15-7:15 pm drop in $15 or 6 weeks for $60. Pay in person or use link below.
6 week series in Holly Ridge at Surf City Yoga
Tuesdays 6:45-7:45 pm. Series Cost $60. No drop ins at this location. Space is limited to 10 students for the series. Use this link to pay for your spot.
The class will be removed once full at the location.
Poly Fest 2016 in Jacksonville, NC
Pop-up Hula classes (one time events):
Saturday May 6th: Hula 10:30-11:15 @ Coastal Yoga Fest in Morehead City at Uptown Yoga. Register at Uptown Yoga.
Each level is limited to 6 students so register early by using the paypal link below or contacting Amanda to make other arrangements. The summer kids include traditional hula dance and the making of Hawaiian crafts/art. The pricing options are with a pa’u skirt ($85) or without ($65). Naomi in the pictures is shown with the pa’u skirt in yellow. If you are selecting the pa’u skirt please include waist measurements and mid-calf length. Participants may be eligible to participant in the annual Polynesian Festival in Jacksonville July 22nd.
Deadline to register: Holly Ridge June 1st and Cedar Point July 1st.
Past Programs 2016.
Amanda’s love of dance started at age 3. She was lucky enough to have a teacher willing to work with her at a young age. She spent her youth in ballet, jazz, tap, and even clogging classes. She discovered bellydancing as an adult when in a meditation she was guided to begin moving/dancing again. She performed with Three Graces Entertainment in Boone, NC (primarily raqs sharqi and occasionally flamenco/tribal). Upon desiring to find a more sacred connection to movement and dance, after a visit to Hawai’i, she met a hula/tahitian teacher (kumu) and began learning. She soon began performing with the group at cultural festivals and for private events (birthday parties and luaus). She loved sharing the Aloha spirit through dance with others/audience and really feeling the connection to the music and movement. Upon relocating to the Crystal Coast she realized there was a desire for others to learn hula and began offering classes. She continues her studies in hula through workshops and travels to Hawai’i to study with her Kumu Kea of Nā Puakea O Ko’olaupoko hālau (hula school). As one who understands the bodies energy field she believes hula really helps women connect into their goddess self/feminine aspects and in opening the hips (sacral/root chakras). Hula is also about a connection to the heart which naturally unfolds in connection to the dance.
Visit Aloha Island Hula Girls for upcoming classes in Charlotte, NC area and/or to book your next event.