Connect to Nature. Nurture Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
Starting March 28th some classes will be offered through Zoom.
Make sure to download the Zoom app and create your free account prior to class time! https://zoom.us/
You'll need space to move in your house; water; and regular workout clothes.
Weekly classes are offered in two different formats depending upon your interests and time available to devote to studying hula. It is recommend that you try a Fitness Hula Drill and Technique class first before signing up for the adult hula study cohort.
The Fitness Hula Drill and Technique class focuses on the physical aspect of hula and includes footwork and hand movements in a format to increase endurance, provide a good cardio workout, drill technique and helps you to sweat out what needs to be released. Every dancer is encouraged to attend these classes to continue working on technique alone. These classes are open to women ages 18+ and with any level of dance experience or none. Drop ins are allowed in this class at any time. Each class consists of 75 minutes of hula technique and stretching with 15 minutes focused on different topics each week related to cultural belief systems, spirituality, or spiritual growth from around the world.
The Fitness Hula and Drill Technique Classes is offered virtually by Zoom
Fridays from 10-11:30am EDT. Additional times will start in August.
The Fitness Hula and Drill Technique Class is offered in person:
Saturday 9-10:30 (currently full)
Pricing for Fitness Hula and Drill Technique Class
$20/month (1 class each week. If you miss a week there are no refunds or makeups.)
$8/class drop in
You must register via email before 5pm on the Thursday before the class to join to receive payment options. Once you register and send in your payment you'll receive the meeting access code link.
Adult Beginner Hula Classes (adult hula study cohort)
The adult hula study cohort is a program that builds upon itself over time that you choose to dedicate to it. Every student that goes through the program will learn the same choreographies although their personal lessons may be different with hula. Hula has many layers and many lessons for us in life. In addition to Hula you'll be learning transformational tools to empower your life.
The hula program the way Amanda facilitates it is for more serious students of hula that desire to learn the deeper layers of hula. These classes include choreography, mythology/stories, and spiritual lessons or meditations. Classes are for women over the age of 18 with or without dance experience and with or without a connection to Hawai'i. The purpose of the program is:
Age, body size, ethnicity, hair color, profession, none of it matters as long as your heart has a desire to connect with other women through the beauty of movement, appreciation for the natural world and aloha. This is a sisterhood that supports each other, values and honors nature, and desires to be the aloha we wish to see in the world.
The program is organized into different modules over the span of four + years of learning. During each year, there are 6 modules. Within each module you will learn one to two different choreographies, a kahiko and an 'auana. Each module runs for two months (8 weeks with occasional weeks off for holidays). Weekly classes together include 1 hour of hula dance and 30 minutes of spiritual or cultural lessons.
Because of the way information is provided, drop ins are not allowed for this class. This allows active students to keep progressing. You must register to begin your program of study on a set date with a cohort of other students. Each cohort group is limited to 6 students to ensure quality of dissemination of information and so the instructor can provide feedback and assistance in technique. This smaller group size also allows us to really connect and get to know each other as women. You will not be just a face in the crowd.
Register early to reserve your spot! Every cohort group, regardless of when you start will learn the same information and choreography throughout the four + years. You do not have to commit to four years of study, only two months at a time to see if it fits with you as you progress. If you must miss a module or miss more than 25% of a module, you will be given the opportunity to join another cohort at a later time that picks up where you left off.
Each cohort meets weekly on the set day and time virtually. Every student will receive handouts emailed to them and will be invited to join a private FB group to communicate with their peers and to receive information from the instructor. The idea is that your small group will remain together through the program to support each other not only through hula but with life in general no matter where you are geographically on the earth. At times others may join your group or some may have to leave which in itself will provide lots of lessons as we are teachers spiritually to each other as class dynamics and energy changes.
For those that have danced for 6 months (3 modules) you may have the opportunity to perform with Emerald 'Aina Hula Dancers if you are in the southeastern coastal NC area. Performance takes dedication and commitment of time in and outside of class together. Performances also include purchasing your own required adornments and attire.
At some time during your cohorts year, you will be invited to a long weekend retreat along the coast of North Carolina. This will allow us to connect in person, review choreographies together and you'll also learn and/or become certified in the level of Kahi Loa as follows:
Year 1 of Hula: Kahi Loa I/II
Year 2 of Hula: Kahi Loa Advanced
Year 3 of Hula: Kahi Loa Master
Year 4 of Hula: Kahi Loa Teacher
The reason Kahi Loa is incorporated into the hula curriculum is because after years of studying both, Amanda feels they really compliment each other and are beneficial in continuing your spiritual journey, hula connection, and being the aloha you wish to see in the world. Additional information will be sent out during module 3. The cost of the weekend will include accommodations, some meals, lessons, Kahi Loa training materials, and any materials needed for the Kahi Loa or lessons. The weekend will not include your travel to or from the retreat. Travel from the nearest airport may be available to the beach house.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW HULA STUDENTS:
1. At least 6 months of class attendance are required prior to any scheduled performance.
3. If the class is via Zoom, the instructor will ask to see you/turn the video on so we know you are a real person desiring to connect and learn with us the first time! If you don't show yourself initially, you will be removed from the session that day. Remember if the instructor can't see you, you'll miss important feedback on improving technique.
4. All new students are required to bring or have a folder/binder for handouts on lyrics and so on.
5. A uniform is required that consists of a pa’u (sacred dance skirt) and a solid black shirt or tank top (no wording on the shirt unless it is Aloha/Hula based). Attire must be purchased during module 2 (months 3 and 4). Additional information will be provided during the first module. Complete uniform must be worn to every class from module 3 forward. This develops discipline, commitment and responsibility. It also shows that we are one together while we are learning.
6. If you have to miss a week for any reason during a module, you will have the handouts with you to continue your study at home and you should be able to catch up before the following class on your own time. If you miss more than 25% of the module (more than 2 weeks), you will not be allowed to move on to the next module and will have to repeat the module.
7. No refunds are given once you have registered for a cohort group and module once it has started. If you cancel prior to a module starting. If you have already paid for it you may apply it to another cohort module you join later and/or you'll receive a refund, minus a 25% administration fee. You must email your instructor to notify them 24 hours before the module starts.
Pricing for Adult Hula Cohort:
$60/module (8 weeks with your cohort class one 90 minute class weekly)
$90/module (8 weeks: one 90 minute class weekly with your cohort AND one 90 minute Fitness Hula and Drill Technique Class weekly)**Recommended**
No drop in.
It is strongly recommended that you do the fitness class in addition weekly. Hula is hard to learn and our hips need a lot of practice and time to help them get fluid! Remember space is limited to 6 for each cohort so when one fills up it will be marked as full on the website.
The next cohort forms soon and will start Tuesday August 4th. Classes for this group will be from 7-8:30pm EDT.
Payment options: Cash, PayPal or Zelle. Checks and Credit Card payments are not accepted.
Zelle - amandatoddphd at gmail.com
If your school or organization is interested in a Hawaiian Hula lesson contact me! I enjoy sharing hula with kids and enjoy bringing co-workers and others together through smiles while sharing aloha through hula.
Amanda has been a dancer for most of her life and discovered Hawaiian Hula in 2013 while visiting some friends on the Big Island. Amanda had already spent ten years prior to that studying Huna, a Hawaiian philosophy and an energy work technique called Kahi Loa from Kauai. Once Amanda began dancing with a group in Charlotte, NC she really wanted to learn more about the culture and the traditional hula technique and chants. The group she performed with, for the most part, only focused on the hapa-haole style seen in more entertainment settings on the east coast.
She decided that she needed a teacher to study with and as synchronicity would align it one of her hula sisters had lived in Hawai'i for 15 years and had taken classes with Kumu Kea. After that initial connection was made, Amanda now travels frequently to Hawai'i for intensives to study with Kumu Kea (teacher of hula) and returns sharing what she can with others on the east coast. Her classes and educational events are focused on the workout aspect to hula but also on the spiritual aspect of hula. Without the spiritual/cultural aspect she always felt hula was missing something (read blog below for more). Although she leads a performance group, Emerald 'Aina Hula Dancers, her mission in 2020 and beyond is less on the performance aspect and more on helping hula students center, find peace, share aloha, appreciate our earth, and connect to the bigger picture of their lives and each other. If students desire to perform after dancing hula for a while with the weekly classes, there will be opportunities at local festivals and for other events to perform.
She educates students on three styles of hula including hapa-haole, 'auana, and kahiko. As a college instructor, she herself loves learning and continues to study, research, and spend time in Hawai'i to learn more about the culture, the aloha spirit, and the spread of hula around the world. What she is able to share from her Kumu, she enjoys sharing with others that may not be able to travel to Hawai'i.
The world needs more aloha. For Amanda, hula is one way that people can begin to experience aloha and she also believes hula helps them to feel more of a positive connection to others and our beautiful earth.
"As an environmental scientist I love the connection to nature that hula provides us through our body movements mimicking nature to the meles (songs and chants) about beautiful landscapes. As an energy work practitioner I can see the benefits that hula provides us while moving the body and focusing on the breath. Hula also teaches us to be in the present moment and slow down our lives. As someone who values spiritual growth personally, I enjoy how hula brings people together and the aloha shared through the culture and spirit of the dance."
Over the years now of teaching hula, Amanda has developed an 8 level Hula program for adults to learn traditional hula (kahiko), modern hula (‘auana), and hapa-haole hula. Each level runs for 6 weeks where basic steps and hand motions are taught as well as hula history. Within each level three routines are learned, one from each style of hula. Classes are an hour in length with the physical movement aspect and then 30 minutes of cultural and/or spiritual lessons.
Amanda has taught weekly hula classes to both kids and adults. For two summers, she held a week long Hula Camp for girls ages 6+. She has also given talks (and led audience participation) to women's groups, at staff meetings for businesses, and during recreational summer programs with Swansboro Parks and Rec and Ocean Isle Beach Parks and Rec. She also shared hula for an awards day activity at an elementary school and led the audience participation at the NC Polynesian festival for two years. She enjoys sharing hula and through dreams, discussions with her Kumu, and other life lessons she knows her purpose is sharing hula wherever she resides and most importantly incorporating the spiritual aspect with it known as Huna and the aloha spirit.
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