Polynesian Dance Productions brings you the most elite Polynesian dance revue in the tri-state area. All featured dancers were born and raised in the islands of Hawai'i or Samoa, and we boast a combined 80+ years of experience studying, performing, and teaching the traditional dances of Polynesia throughout the islands and beyond.
Our dancers have trained since childhood in the art of Hawaiian dance, culture, and language. We are award-winning professionals who have distinguished ourselves at international Hawaiian and Tahitian dance competitions, including the world-renowned Merrie Monarch Festival, the King Kamehameha Hula Competition, & Tahiti Fete. Before relocating to New York City, we each held coveted positions as performers in the best lu'au shows in Honolulu, including the Magic of Polynesia, Paradise Cove Lu'au, and the Star of Honolulu Sunset Cruise. We offer our clients a truly authentic Polynesian dance experience that can only be achieved through years of expert professional training in Hawai'i. We aim to respect and perpetuate the native culture of the islands in all that we do, and we share the essence of aloha with every audience member.
Our spectacular performances include dances from the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, New Zealand, & Samoa and feature authentic costumes designed and constructed by our dancers, including REAL handmade La'i (ti-leaf) skirts, better known as "grass skirts". We can also incorporate educational and audience participation segments into our show at the clients' discretion. If you seek the best that New York City has to offer, look no further than Polynesian Dance Productions to take you on a journey to our beloved homeland through song and dance.
Iaorana! The most spectacular of the Polynesian dances is the traditional dance from Tahiti called the ʻoteʻa. The ʻoteʻa is considered as Tahiti's best and most spectacular dance, maybe even of whole Polynesia. The Tahitian dance also known as Ori Tahiti is performed in beautifully hand-crafted costumes of more or fiber grass skirts, feathers and shells. We perform for you the ʻoteʻa, a vivacious rapid style danced to Tahitian drum rhythms.
Aloha! Let us take you on a journey of our beloved homeland, Hawaii, with hula. Hula, the ancient dance of Hawaii, is an interpretive and expressive dance that is accompanied by chant or mele, a song. Hula often tells a story or expresses meanings and feelings through dance. Every movement and motion in hula has a specific meaning and every expression of the dancer's hands and feet has significance.
Kia Ora! Aotearoa, or the "Land of the Long White Cloud" as the New Zealand Maori call their homeland is home of the maori poi dance and haka. Dancers perform the Maori Poi, a dance performed with balls attached to flax strings, swung rhythmically. Accompanied with the poi dance is the haka, a traditional dance form of Aoteroa. It is characterised by loud chanting, stomping of feet, and fierce looks.