Friday June 14, 5 to 7 PM At the Grinstead Amphitheatre in the Plaza dd The Fourth Annual Ho`ike A live show of music, hula, and aloha. Hula Mai's gift to the people of Sonoma.
Hula Mai dancers performing June 22, 2012 at the Grinstead Amphitheatre
Hula Mai is our taste of Hawaii right here at Vintage House Senior Center in the town of Sonoma. It's where everyone who has ever dreamed of dancing the hula can learn how; it's where everyone who has ever danced hula before can dance again. It's where, with practice, dancers can become part of the Hula Mai performing road show. Whatever your Hula experience, you are welcome at Hula Mai.
Hula Mai means Come and Dance. We call to you now. Hula Mai.
Hula classes are offered in eight-week workshops. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the current schedule. Call Linda Gavron, Program Director at Vintage House, for more information. 707-996-0311.
Overview of Hula Mai
Hula Mai offers classes in the hula at Vintage House in Sonoma, California, taught by Betty Ann Ka'ihilani Bruno. The name, Hula Mai, is a verbal beckoning, an invitation to come and dance, literally: Come here and hula. When Betty Ann established Hula Mai in May of 2009, her hope was to inspire a love for the hula through knowledge and understanding of the Hawaiian culture. Written materials and video instruction are provided so students can practice at home. The classes cover basic steps of the hula and choreographed dances which include both 'Auana (contemporary hula) and Kahiko (ancient chants).
The choreography includes both Kahiko and 'Auana
Kahiko is the old style or ancient hula, danced to a chant accompanied by a drum (Pahu) or gourd (Ipu-heke). Some ancient hulas were taught under very strict rules, and were called 'hula kapu' because they were for ceremonial purposes only, and not entertainment. Thus, they were not available to the general public. That has changed, however, since the 1970's and today Hula Kahiko is widely performed and can be enjoyed by everyone. The traditional costume for women doing Kahiko is the "pa'u."
'Auana style hula can be described as the 'modern hula.' It is danced to melodic songs accompanied by ukeleles and guitars, etc. The lyrics are often in English, as opposed to the Kahiko chants which are always in Hawaiian. Costumes for 'auana style hulas can be traditional ti-leaf skirts, or dresses adapted from western styles - the mu'umu'u, holomu'u or holoku.
People with all levels of dance experience are welcome. Comfortable clothing is recommended and also a dance wrap or pareau.
Vintage House is in the town of Sonoma and generously sponsors Hula Mai. For more information about Vintage House and other programs that may interest you, click here, or call Linda Gavron, Program Director, at 707-996-0311.
SPRING WORKSHOPS got underway on Thursday, April 25 and will continue until June 13, the final rehearsal for the Ho`ike. The class schedule is the same as it has been all this year: Advanced Hula: 11 – 11:55 Intermediate: 12 – 12:55 Beginning Hula II: 1:00 – 1:55
KAHIKO II WORKSHOP resumed at En-er-gy, 450 First Street East (on the Mercato) at 12:30 on Monday, April 15 and will continue through June 10. A hui hou!!!
For more information call the Program Director at Vintage House, 707-996-0311. That has been Linda Gavron, but Linda has taken on other responsibilities and is handing the Program portfolio over to Marissa Fitrakis who joined the staff in January. You can watch all our Hula Mai videos by clicking here.