Hula is a graceful dance people of all ages around the world enjoy watching and performing. For some of those who perform hula it is a religion and others it is a fun way to get great exercise.
Routines last between 5 and 15 minutes and you can have multiple routines within an hour.
There can be between 3 and 25 dances used depending on your requirements.
Hula has always been a focal point of Hawaiian culture. The hula reflects many of the central ideas and events of Hawaiian history. Before European contact, men and women were members of separate halau hula (hula schools) that taught young dancers and performed for special occasions. Young dancers still study in halau hula. Under the strict guidance of kumu (teachers), 'olapa (students) learned to perform dances depicting the legends of Hawai'i, the exploits of past kings and the beauty of the islands.
This older style of hula is now referred to as hula kahiko (ancient hula). It is performed to mele (chants) accompanied by percussion instruments.
Around the turn of the century, hula began to evolve into a less formal style, hula 'auana. In hula 'auana, a dancer interacts more closely with the audience, but still concentrates on telling a story. Western stringed instruments such as the guitar, bass and ukulele accompany voice, sometimes in falsetto. One is likely to enjoy this dance at a party, especially a lu'au, or at a local bar.
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