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Leiali`inani Polynesian Academy
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Kids & Teens
NAPUA- KEIKI: ages 3-6 
Mon 5:15pm-6:00pm
designed specifically to introduce dance to children. Class will help develop coordination & confidence for boys & girls. Activities include practice in Hawaiian language, chanting/singing, playful basics for footwork and hand motions for Hawaiian & Tahitian choreography.  

MAILE: ages 7-10 
Mon 6:15-7:15pm
designed to continue the progressive teachings of Hula & Tahitian basic steps choreography & introduction of making and learning to use implements. Practice and lessons of basic words in Hawaiian.

LIKO: ages 5-7 
Wed 5:15pm-6:00pm
designed as a progressive class from Keiki Intro.  Learn Hula & Tahitian basic steps & simple choreography. Introduction of basic words in Hawaiian. Begin use of implements. 
Prerequisite: Napua 

LEHUA: ages 11-16 AND
KANE (boys): ages 7-15 
Wed 6:00-7:40pm
Class focuses on basic footwork & hand motions, timing, integrating Hawaiian language & applying basics to Hula. This class will help you develop as a dancer, have a deeper understanding of Hula & have opportunites to learn lei making, implements & costumes for shows (optional).
Siva Afi - Fireknife   
Classes...
Core Class Tuition fees for ages 17 & younger: $45. Adults: $50 
Tuition due at the beginning of every month.. Late fees $10.00 applied to payments made after the 5th of each month. 
  • 10% off tuition payments made in advance & family enrollment 
Hula Junkie: Additional $15/month per student: includes: ONE additional dance class (approved by Hileka) & unlimited Polynesian Fusion Fitness
Private lessons: $1 per minute for individual at studio. Additional transportation fee applied outside of studio. 
Private Group rates $300/hr min - 2 instructors. 
Drop In: $15/class 
Community class registration through Cypress or Buena Park community centers. All forms of payment are accepted.
• Registration fee of $50 will be applied along with 1st month’s tuition.Family/Group registration fee will $80 total. Students taking break over 30days will need to pay registration
  • $15 fee for any returned payments
SAMOAN FIRE KNIFE
Open to all ages 
Mon 6:00-7:00pm
Learn the specialized art of the spectacular Fire Knife Dance, an art form originating from Samoa. Students in this class will learn technique and precision in twirling and movement. Teacher will assess when fire will be introduced into practice. (Students must purchase practice baton)

MAORI: FIRE POI ages 13+
Private Class Requests Only.
Learn the specialized art of the Maori Fire Poi. Students in this class will learn technique and precision in twirling and movement. Teacher will assess when fire will be introduced into practice. (Students must purchase fire poi set)

NA`U: invitation only 
Tues 6:15-7:15pm
For our Adults that are seeking progressive classes, these classes offer beginning to more advance Hula choreography, introduced to advanced techniques, use of implements, oli (Hawaiian chants) & cultural studies. 
Prerequisite: Palapalai/Rec class

PALAPALAI / RECREATIONAL: 
Tues 7:15-8:15pm
Open to all adults looking to learn hula in a more casual setting with no pressure to perform.  Anyone can learn hula, and you will do so in a relaxed and informal environment without need for previous training or experience in any dance form.  This class offers an excellent way to introduce you to this beautiful form of dance

SAMPAGUITA: invitation only
Thurs 7:00-8:00pm
Class focuses on basic footwork & hand motions, timing, integrating Hawaiian language & applying basics to Hula. This class will help you develop as a dancer, have a deeper understanding of Hula & have opportunites to learn lei making, implements & costumes for shows (optional).
Prerequisite: Palapalai/Rec class

`IWALANI: invitation only 
Sat 8:30-10:00am
For our students that have progressed from previous classes, they will learn advanced techniques & choreography; covering the full range of Polynesian dance arts, use of implements and oli (Hawaiian chants). Class focuses on basic footwork & hand motions, timing, integrating Hawaiian language & applying basics to Hula. This class will help you develop as a dancer, have a deeper understanding of Hula  

Other Classes
POLYNESIAN FUSION FITNESS : open to all ages
Tues 8:15pm & Sat 7:15am
Polynesian Fusion Fitness is an aerobic & body toning workout that incorporates Hula & Tahitian dance steps along with interval Talbata sessions. This effective workout is fun for all ages, great for all fitness levels & easy to follow. Unlimited Tues evenings & Sat mornings. Suggest to bring yoga mat. Limited yoga mats are available.



PLACEMENT POLICY
All haumana (students) start in basic class appropriate to their age & skill and will advance at the recommendation of Leiali`i's instructors. Placement depends on several factors including age, physical strength and development, maturity, personality and interest level. Class placement is determined by the Leiali`inani instructors and consulted Hileka Ali`inani. We take placement very seriously out of our commitment to each student. Placement decisions must be respected. Class Advancement can happen at any time during the year, but predominantly occurs at the beginning of each fall term. Most students will remain at each level for at least 2 years in order to master that level's techniques. Merely executing choreography is not the definition of mastery. In Polynesian dance, executing each movement with precision and with physical accuracy is only one goal. Each haumana should have an understanding of the history, legend, meaning of the lesson. We work hard to ensure our young students have a solid grasp of the foundations in dance so that they gain confidence, ability, and mastery as they get older. All dancers will be exposed to Hawaiian language, oli (chants), and some crafts that are in relation to the lessons taught in class. All teachers have the highest level of commitment to the development of every haumana. We also ask our haumana to commit to the Leiali`inani Academy's vision to perpetuate traditions and culture:

Adults