Within the Avalon Aloha Hula School, the program of study builds upon itself over time that you choose to commit to it. Every student that goes through the program will learn the same choreographies although their personal lessons may be different with hula. Hula has many layers and many lessons for us in life. In addition to Hula you'll be learning transformational tools to empower your life through Huna.
The Hawaiian Hula school classes are for more serious students of hula that desire to learn the deeper layers of hula and choreographies. These classes include choreography, mythology/stories, and spiritual lessons or meditations. We offer different cohort group starting dates for new students each year. Classes are for women over the age of 18 with or without a connection to Hawai'i. It is recommended that you take the Weekly Hawaiian Hula Drill Classes or the Monthly Hawaiian Hula Series for three months at a minimum before deciding to commit to this program. If you fall in love with hula, you'll probably decide like others to continue with this path for as long as you can.
The purpose of the school is:
Age, body size, ethnicity, hair color, profession, none of it matters as long as your heart has a desire to connect with other women through the beauty of movement, appreciation for the natural world and aloha. This is a sisterhood that supports each other, values and honors nature, and desires to be the aloha we wish to see in the world. The program is organized into different sessions over the span of three + years of learning. During each year, there are 6 sessions (modules). Within each session you will learn one to two different choreographies, a kahiko and an auana. Each session runs for two months (8 weeks with occasional weeks off for holidays). Weekly classes together include 1 hour of hula dance and 30 minutes of spiritual or cultural lessons.
Because of the way information is provided, drop ins are not allowed. This is a series of classes and a program of learning and growth. This allows active students to keep progressing. You must register to begin your program of study on a set date with a cohort of other students. Each cohort group is limited to 6 students to ensure quality of dissemination of information and so the instructor can provide feedback and assistance in technique. This smaller group size also allows us to really connect and get to know each other as women. You will not be just a face in the crowd.
Every cohort group, regardless of when you start will learn the same information and choreography throughout the three + years. You do not have to commit to three years of study, only two months at a time to see if it fits with you as you progress and your life events. If you miss more 3 classes within a session, you will be given the opportunity to join another cohort at a later time that picks up where you left off. I know life happens but if you miss more than 3 classes, you will not be allowed to move onto the next session and will need to repeat the current session by joining another group. Hula takes dedication. Although material is provided on-line, if you miss more than 3 classes, I have found it often frustrates the student in how much they have missed in person learning and it negatively impacts their confidence with hula. I don't want to see that happen for any of our dancers.
Each cohort meets weekly on the set day and time. Every student will receive access to a class portal with handouts to review and practice videos. You will be invited to join a private FB group to communicate with your peers and to receive information from the instructor. The idea is that your small group will remain together through the program to support each other not only through hula but with life in general no matter where you are geographically on the earth. At times others may join your group or some may have to leave which in itself will provide lots of lessons as we are teachers spiritually to each other as class dynamics and energy changes.
For those that have danced for 6 months (3 modules) you may have the opportunity to perform. Performance takes dedication and commitment of time in and outside of class time together. Performance is not for everyone, which I understand. Some of you may want to perform, some of you will not have the time to dedicate to it, and others do not want to be on a stage but may want to help in other ways. There are several ways to be involved. You may decide you want to help with costumes, hair, or other ways. Performances also include purchasing your own required adornments and attire.
At some time during your cohorts year, you will be invited to an extended weekend retreat along the coast of North Carolina. This will allow us to connect in person, review choreographies together and you'll also learn and/or become certified in the level of Kahi Loa as follows:
The reason Kahi Loa is incorporated into the hula curriculum is because after years of studying both, I feel they really compliment each other and are beneficial in continuing your spiritual journey, hula connection, and being the aloha you wish to see in the world. Attendance is not required at the weekend retreat but I lean towards thinking you will want to be together in person. Additional information will be sent out during module 3. The cost of the weekend will include accommodations, some meals, lessons, Kahi Loa training materials, and any materials needed for the Kahi Loa or lessons. The weekend will not include your travel to or from the retreat. Travel from the nearest airport may be available to the beach house. *With pandemic restrictions this will be adjusted in 2021 as needed.*
1. Upon receipt of payment you will have access to the course portal that will contain your notes to print out and practice videos along with any other relevant information your instructor would like for you to know.
2. Please print, fill out and bring the registration form & policies prior to your first class, this is a requirement and it is your pass to class. You can access this form in the course portal. For virtual classes, please email your signed form prior to class starting so you can receive your Zoom access code. 3. No observers are allowed in class. No exceptions. If the class is via Zoom, the instructor will ask to see you/turn the video on so we know you are a real person desiring to connect and learn with us the first time! If you don't show yourself initially, you will be removed from the session that day. Remember if the instructor can't see you, you'll miss important feedback on improving technique!
4. All new students are required to bring or have a folder (pocket folder or three ring binder) for handouts on lyrics and so on.
5. A uniform is required that consists of a pa’u (sacred dance skirt) and a black shirt. Attire must be purchased after the first module (two months). Additional information will be provided during the first module. Complete uniform must be worn to every class from module 2 forward. This develops discipline, commitment and responsibility. It also shows that we are one together while we are learning. This applies to virtual live streaming classes as well. Each year will have a set pa'u color. First year, green/blue. Second year, yellow/orange. Third year, red/black. The attire is $73 for each year and be purchased directly through the studio. You will have the option between t-shirts and tank tops.
6. If you have to miss a week for any reason during a module, you will have the handouts with you to continue your study at home and you should be able to catch up in the following class. If you miss more than 3 classes within the module, you will not be allowed to move on to the next module and will have to repeat the session.
7. No refunds are given once you have registered for a cohort group and module once it has started. If you cancel prior to a module starting and have already paid for it, you may apply it to another cohort module you join later and/or you'll receive a refund, minus a 25% administration fee. You must email your instructor to notify them 24 hours before the module starts.
8. At least 6 months of class attendance is required prior to any scheduled performance. You will be required to purchase all attire for performances including adornments. Discounts for our groups may apply when ordered together by deadlines established. You are responsible for your own travel to the venue for performances. These performances are for fun, and dancers commit to participating in them to share their aloha and their accomplishments. Performances do not cost anything to be part of outside of costumes/adornments and if the festival/event has their own attendance entrance fee. Dancers are not paid for participation.
You'll need water and regular workout clothes. If you have a yoga mat and/or a blanket that will work great as well for the meditation portion.
Payment options: Cash, Checks, Credit Cards, PayPal or Zelle.
$115/module (8 weeks with your cohort class one 90 minute class weekly). You'll also receive notes, practice videos, and additional resources for learning the hulas within each session.
Private hula lessons for members of the Avalon Aloha Hula School are at a discounted rate of $45/hour.
New Cohort Groups will be announced in August for starting in October of 2021.
Congratulations to the 2020 Cohort for moving into Year 2!!
Year 1 curriculum includes 6, 8 week sessions. You'll learn foundational hula footwork, steps, protocol, kahiko, auana, and hapa-haole style hula numbers that are easy and fun! There are 10 dances you'll learn this first year and 8 guided meditations to do whenever you would like. You'll end the year with your first noho (seated) hula.
Year 2 curriculum includes 6, 8 week sessions.
You'll learn intermediate hula footwork and steps and you'll dive deeper into the art of Hawaiian Hula. You will begin using two different hula implements. By the end of the year you'll have learned an additional 8-10 dances.
You must complete all 6 sessions from Year 1 before moving on to Year 2.
Year 3 curriculum includes 6, 8 week sessions.
You'll learn more advanced hula choreographies, additional hula's using implements, and more.
You must complete all 6 sessions from Year 1 and all 6 sessions from Year 2. Once these sessions are complete, you'll be invited to continue into Year 3.
Take Care of Yourself: Hula, although a low impact dance form can sometimes make high demands on your feet, ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and sense of balance. Please ask your doctor about the advisability of dancing Hula if you have any problems in any areas before beginning hula.