Moena Maiotui is the most instantly recognizable dancer in Ori Tahiti. She has made her name dancing for O Tahiti E, Les Grands Ballet de Tahiti, and is currently lead dancer of Tumata Robinson's Tahiti Ora. She provided choreography for Tahiti Ora's two winning Heiva entries and took home the 2011 Meilleur Danseuse prize. Her remarkable style and distinctive choreography have left an indelible mark on Ori Tahiti around the world.
When Moena isn't dancing with Tahiti Ora, she's traveling the world leading workshops, spreading the art of Ori Tahiti, and representing her culture and passion. Join the East Coast Ori Tahiti to welcome Moena on her first visit to New York City.
This workshop is open to dancers with experience in Ori Tahiti.
September 13th, 2017 7-9pm Ripley Grier Studios 939 8th Avenue, Studio 2B $65 in advance, $75 day of
Ori Tahiti Workshop with Moena Maiotui
Tuesday, August 1st | 7-9pm New York, NY
Strengthen and refine your technique with Tehani! We'll drill ote'a basics and beautiful combinations for strength, precision, and grace and work on aparima technique as well. You'll also meet other experienced dancers in the area and get a great workout.
520 8th Avenue | Ripley Grier Studios 16th Floor, Studio 16Q $45 in advance, $50 day of Please bring water and a pareo
Tehani's aunt, Tumata Robinson, taught her to dance around the time she learned to walk. At 14, she joined Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti, one of Tahiti's most famed dance companies. She later danced with the award-winning Tahiti Ora, acclaimed for its thrilling productions, and toured with them in Tokyo, Osaka, and Paris. She later taught classes at her aunt's dance school to students of all ages while rehearsing every night for Tahiti Ora's spectacular upcoming show, Hiva, for which she also provided choreography and performed a duo.
Tehani brings the vibrancy, grace, and athleticism of Ori Tahiti to all of her wonderful workshops and classes. Learn more about where you can join her below!
Tehani in LA
Sunday, July 9th Los Angeles, CA Time and location TBA
In these mixed-level workshops, you'll work on refining your aparima and ote'a technique, fun combinations, and choreography to pull it all together. These workshops are hosted by LA's Te Aho Nui.
Loana Benjamin grew up dancing in Tahiti and spends every summer performing with Tahiti Ora, one of Tahiti's most respected and innovative groups. Tahiti Ora's gorgeous choreography inspires dancers all over the world, and in this session, Loana will be sharing their beautiful Hi'irere.
To join this workshop, you must have some experience in hula or Ori Tahiti.
Saturday, March 25th | 4-6pm 520 8th Ave 16Fl 16U $45 in advance, $50 day of Please bring water and a pareo If you need a pareo, they'll be available for purchase at the studio
Strengthen and refine your technique with Loana! We'll drill basics for strength and work on intricate combinations for precision and grace. You'll also meet other experienced dancers in the area and get a great workout.
Saturday, March 25th | 6:30-8pm 520 8th Ave 16Fl 16U $35 in advance, $40 day of Please bring water and a pareo