— Dance classes
About the classes
There will be 2 beginners and one intermediate class starting from September. All of the three groups will be practicing once a week. It's possible to sign up for two classes at the same time. We will be learning dance technique and choreographies as well in these classes.
The Tahitian Workout classes are new, it's a 60 minute class, where we practice the basic steps, do streching. This will be a challenging cardio workout that will help to perfect the movements and build stamina. This is also a good opportunity for newcomers at any time of the year to join and get familiar with the dance.
Show classes are for intermediate students, entry is upon prior agreement.
You can apply to the classes by filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page (or by emailing directly to firstname.lastname@example.org).
What to bring to class
Please bring a big pareo or sarong if you have one. If you don't, just dress comfortably and sporty. You can wear a tanktop or a bikini top (if it's not too cold). Please try to wear tight clothes on your upper body if you're not too shy, to be able to check your movements in the mirror. Also, bring a bottle of water for hydration and a small towel (something you can sit on when we do the cooldown at the end of the class).
Monthly pass (any class): 18.000 HUF / 16.000 HUF until 31st August
10-class pass: 24.000 HUF / 22.000 HUF if you purchase in advance (before the previous one expires)
Tahitian Workout: 1.500 Ft / class
Drop-in ticket: 3000 HUF / class
I recommend the 10-class pass for those who regularly attend a particular class. In addition to this, the workout classes should be payed on the spot (1500 HUF / class).
If you purchase the monthly pass, you may visit any of the classes unlimited, including workout too.
— Drum classes
Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 11, doorbell 33
What to bring
We provide the drum and drumstick.
The price of the drumming class is 2000 HUF / class.
— Workshops, private classes
We organize thematic dance and drum workshops and special classes on a regular basis.
We perform and teach dancing and drumming at summer festivals, corporate or private events and countryside festivities. Most of our requests come from team building trainers, incentive groups or bachelorette parties.
Upon agreement I can also teach choreographies for weddings or balls.
Our most important workshops so far:
- Tahitian dance workshop at Naimah belly dance weekend (Budapest), 2nd December
- Polynesian dance workshops with Claire and Maile (Budapest), 10-11th November
- Ütős festival (Agárd), 29th July
- Csillagpont festival (Debrecen), 27th July
- Reiarii és Vaiani (our special guests from Tahiti) workshop (Budapest), 27th June
- Everness festival (Alsóörs), 20-25th June
- Tahitian dance and drum workshop (Budapest), 27th May
- International Tahitian drum workshop, beginner (Barcelona, Spain), 13th May
- TEVA team-building, dance and drum training (Siófok), 3rd April
- Tahitian dance and drum workshop (Budapest), 18th March
- Season-opening Tahitian dance and drum Workshop (Budapest), 8th January
We are always happy to perform at different festivals, corporate or charity events, private events or weddings upon agreement. We can also organize cultural presentations and travel reports for those who are interested in Polynesian culture and heritage.
- "Birth" - Tahitian Christmas Show (Budavári Művelődési Ház), 19th December
- Járatlan Utakon Fesztivál (Fáklya Klub, Budapest), 9th December
- MeNŐPauza book launch (Hermina Grill restaurant, Budapest), 26th October
- Polynesian Fiesta at Gava Mar (Barcelona, Spain), 30th September
- Barcelona Tattoo Expo (Barcelona, Spanyolország), szeptember 30
- Tahitian dance & Rebecca Swimwear flashmob at Lupa beach, 10th August
- Fontanus Academy (Szeged), 1st July
- Everness Festival (Alsóörs), 23rd June
- Summer Opening Tahitian Dance Show (Bem6 Festival), 17th June
- Tahitian Dance Flashmob at St. Stephan Basilica, 10th June
- Aloha Festival (San Andres de Llavaneras, Costa Brava, Spain), 14th May
- Common Ground: a Concert in, of, and for Budapest (CEU), 10th May
- Tahitian Dance Xmas (Bem6 Community Center), 15th December
- Hospice National Day (Allee Mall), 4th November
- Coming Out Day (Central European University), 10th October
- Orsi Szépvölgyi and Péter Molnár wedding (Westernfalu, Tordas), 27th August
- Budavári Művelődési Ház Jubilee Festival (Bp, 1st district), 16th June
—Tahitian dance: Power, beauty and gracefulness
Tahitian dance and drum
Every week our active dancers get acquainted with some energetic, lively Polynesian dances (mainly from the island of Tahiti, but also from Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook-islands etc). It is important to know that Tahitian dance has 2 main streams. ‘Otea’ is an intense, fast, dynamic dance performed to a rhythmic drum solo. The other one is called ‘aparima’ which is a story-telling dance with slow, graceful hand moves and gently waving hips (similar to those Hawaiian dances more well-known in Hungary). The two genres perfectly complement each other and this combination also helps the dancers to find and improve their strength and their fine femininity as well.
The dances all have male and female versions, on the islands it is quite common to see choreographies performed by couples or mixed groups. Although our team has been focusing on the feminine side so far.
One of the most important components of the dance is the music and the rhythm. Learning to play the Tahitian drums is a bit of a challenge though. Mastering the incredibly fast rhythms requires persistent practice, but it is an extremely rewarding experience to be a member of such a hardworking team. All over in Europe, our team is the only one having their own drummers! Our first Tahitian drum band is getting ready to accompany our dancing practices and to make our performances more authentic and vivid.
— Our instructors
My first encounter with Tahitian dance happened in 2007 in Japan. I fell in love with the intensity of the drums and the dynamic moves, so I learned the basics from a Tahitian friend living in Japan. I studied in Okinawa for 4 years at the Tiare Heipua international school, where my most inspiring masters were Ayuka Herenui Hattori and Heikapua Sabarsah.
After leaving Japan, we spent 7 months in Tahiti with my husband. He learned to play the traditional instruments (drum and the nose flute), while I was training with 2 groups (Pupu Tuhaa Pae and Ia Ora Na Tahiti) and studied at Teruria Taimana’s private school (Oihanu). During these months we learned a lot about the culture, the history, the music and the language as well. The icing on the cake was the yearly Heiva dance festival and competition where my team won the second prize. After returning to Hungary I was determined to preserve and share the joy and the power of these dynamic but emotional dances.
I started learning to play the Tahitian drums in 2011. I participated at a week-long, intensive workshop where I learned the basics from local masters. At the end of the week I received a toere drum as a farewell gift from my teachers, which was a great honor. I was destined to keep on learning. In Japan my master was Heikapua Sabarsah from the school of Tiare Heipua.
In 2013 I spent 7 months in Tahiti. I learned to play ‘toere’ (hollowed out log with a slit down the side), ‘pahu tupai’ (tall, single membrane drum) and ‘vivo’ (nose flute) from Libor Prokop. At the traditional Heiva competition I played the pahu tupai and the vivo as member of the Pupu Tuhaa Pae band and we were awarded with the third prize among the bands. While we were in Tahiti I also got admitted to the Ia Ora Na Tahiti dance team and I played the toere for them. I am very grateful for Julius Teauna, Teva Ariipeiu and Hiti Ariipeiu who helped me a lot to improve my drumming skills. When we returned to Hungary, I decided to make drums, to teach the Tahitian drumming and to recruit a real drum band.
As a physiotherapist, I find it extremely important to get to know our body more and to be able to express ourselves through physical movements. For me dancing turned out to be simply the best and the most natural way of doing it. Since 2015 when I started Tahitian dancing, I experienced so many beautiful moments with this community, I am very grateful. And now I am delighted to share this beauty, persistence, power and joy I learned with my circle of women.
I started Tahitian dancing in 2016, but I had been dancing and teaching before. I learned jazz ballet, tango, salsa and belly dancing. I used to teach Jalagati yoga for 5 years and now I give B2P2 (Balance²) classes, which is a quite new type of balance training. I learned a lot about the human body and its functions at the Fontanus Academy, where I have been participating at the Body awareness lectures for 4 years. I would like to share as much of this knowledge as possible during my classes.
I fell in love with the Tahitian dance when watching a video. I was amazed by the feminine power vibrating from the dancers. I saw how those women merged through the synchronized moves and together they were so powerful. I experienced the same power during our classes and with the help of aparima, this power is complemented by feminine gracefulness and tenderness. At the classes we start with the basic moves and together we explore what our bodies are capable of!