[VIDEO] Ori Tahiti in Singapore

July 05 10:15 2016

In 2013, Heiata Lee-Dupuich founded Ori Tahiti in Singapore hoping to spread her love for Tahitian dance and Polynesian culture.

Held at The Substation, the girls-only classes are clearly popular. Heiata teaches with gentle patience whilst meticulously ensuring each student practices with correct technique.

She believes that, by understanding the culture of Tahitian dance and the lyrics of the song, you will be able to appreciate this cultural dance and its traditions. She demonstrates this approach by pinning the song lyrics on the wall, both in its original Tahitian language and in translated English. As we listened, a map of French Polynesia was passed around to learn of the song’s context and origins.

Tahitian dance is much more strenuous than it looks! The graceful movements require strength and control, with your hips doing a lot of the talking. No worries if you’re not a practiced dancer, the atmosphere of elegance and support is very encouraging. Perfect for some time with the girls!

Although Heiata has moved back to Tahiti, newly appointed leader and teacher Kanoko Toyama has promised to maintain the high standard and love of Tahitian dance. Ori Tahiti in Singapore sings of Polynesian culture through movement, creating a beautiful workout that calls to be shared.

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