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Skill upgrade for dancers

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, April 12, 2013

DANCERS at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies will take to the air in the next few days as they learn the art of aerial dancing from the visiting Samadhi Hawaii Dance Company.

Members of the dance company were brought in by the US Embassy and are teaching dancers of the centre the finer points of aerial dancing.

Samadhi Hawaii comprises American and native Hawaiian professional aerialists whose founders trained at TOHU the school of Cirque Du Soleil in Montreal, Canada.

Creative director of the centre, Peter Espiritu said local dancers were working with the visiting company in the hope of making their own shows more internationally recognisable.

"I had this idea to see what the group was lacking and this year I think it was important to kick it up a notch and start getting the skill sets to be more internationally viable," he said.

"My friends from Hawaii are internationally renowned. They travel the world, so you are bringing international knowledge and you are going from the ground which is limiting to the air which is limitless."

Mr Espiritu said the help of the US Embassy as well as an outreach grant was assisting the centre in increasing their storytelling capabilities to accommodate myths and legends of the air and wind.

Oceania centre dancer Ateca Ravuvu said while the training was difficult, it was also a different experience for them.


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