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Winter / Spring 2018 Classes now Enrolling

Class Descriptions

Each of our classes has a Hawai'ian name that represents the various stages of a blooming flower. Click on the class names below to view a detailed description. Scroll down to see class locations, schedules and enrollment information. We can't wait to see you there!

  • Kupu Iki (Little Sprout)
    Kids Class - Ferndale, Livonia and Novi
    Keiki, or young dancers, will develop their coordination through age-appropriate choreography including hula kahiko and hula ‘auana, as well as basic Ori’ Tahiti. Practice of Hawaiian words are woven into their hula instruction and will include “kahea” or “calling”, as part of hula. Dance technique and protocol will be introduced. This class is intended for kids aged 4 and up.
  • Hang-loose Hapa-Haole
    Americanized Hula - Livonia
    Hapa-Haole (half foreign) music usually has English lyrics with a sprinkling of Hawaiian words. Born in the early 1900s, hapa haole music has evolved over the decades. This fun and laid-back class is a great introduction to the basic hula steps while learning in English to classic Hapa-Haole English sang songs. Perfect for all ages, this is a fun class to take as a family!
  • Kupuna (Ancestors)
    Adult and Senior Class - Novi and Redford
    This makua (adult) class will be enjoyed at a slower pace for all experience levels. Basic hula steps and hand movements are taught to develop coordination as well as confidence. Basic ‘olelo (language) related to nā mele (songs) will be shared. Dance technique and protocol will be stressed in addition to the integration of Hawaiian values.
  • Liko Lehua (Budding Flower)
    Adult Beginner / Intermediate - Ferndale, Livonia and Novi
    This makua (adult) class is for all experience levels. Basic hula steps and hand movements are taught to develop coordination as well as confidence. Basic ‘olelo (language) related to nā mele (songs) will be shared, including hula kahiko and hula ‘auana, as well as basic Ori’ Tahiti. Dance technique and protocol will be stressed in addition to the integration of Hawaiian values.
  • Mohala Ilima (Blooming Flower)
    Adult Advanced Class - Ferndale
    This makua (adult) class will be physically challenging. Students must have taken and also be enrolled in Liko Lehua to be in this class. Some independent study of ‘olelo (language), mele (song) and mo’olelo (history) will be required. This class will have advanced Hula and Ori’ Tahiti steps as well as introduce other forms of Polynesian dance. Attendance must be consistent to remain in this class.
  • Pua Laha ‘Ole (Rare Flower)
    Professional Performance Group - Novi
    This class is by invitation from Kumu (teacher) only. This class will be physically challenging and requires a commitment from students to train to be a professional dancer and to be available for public performances. Students must be enrolled in Liko Lehua and/or Mohala Ilima to be in this class. Independent study of ‘olelo (language), mele (song) and mo’olelo (history) will be required. This class will train students in all Polynesian dance forms.
Winter / Spring 2018

Enrollment information for Winter /Spring 2018 Classes is now available on this page!
Please call us if you have any questions.

Mondays in Ferndale

Gerry Kulick Community Center
1201 Livernois, Ferndale
Kupu Iki (Kids & Family) - $30
(Ages 4 and up with our without adult in class)
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Liko Lehua (Adult Beginner/Intermediate)- $60
(ages 13 & up)
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Mohala Ilima (Adult Advanced) - $60
(ages 13 & up)
7:00pm - 7:45pm
January 22 - March 26 (10 weeks)
April 9 - June 4 (8 weeks)
No Class May 28
Enroll Online
Or call 248-544-6767 to enroll.

Tuesdays in Novi

Novi Civic Center Dance Studio
45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Kupuna (Adult Hula) - $60
(Ages 18 and up)

9:30am - 10:15am
January 23 - March 27 (10 weeks)
April 10 - May 29 (8 weeks)
Enroll Online
Or call Novi Parks & Rec at
248-347-0400

Wednesdays in Livonia

Civic Park Senior Center
15218 Farmington Rd., Livonia
Kupu Iki (Kids Class) - $30
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Adult Hang-Loose (Hapa-Haole) - $60
(ages 13 & up)
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Liko Lehua (Adult Beginner/Intermediate) - $60
(ages 13 & up)
7:00pm - 7:45pm
January 24 - March 28 (10 weeks)
April 11 - May 30 (8 weeks)
Enroll - Winter 2018

Enroll - Spring 2018

Or Call 248-547-3109 to enroll.

Fridays in Redford

Redford Senior Center
12121 Hemmingway, Redford
Pi’ilani Wahine Rehearsal* - $20
+ $5 Material Fee

10:00am - 11:30am
January 19 - March 23 (10 Weeks)
April 12 - June 1 (8 weeks)
Enroll first day of class
or call 313-387-2794

* Returning students only

Saturdays in Novi

Novi Civic Center Dance Studio
45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Kupu Iki (Kids' Hula) - $36
Ages 5-12 9:00am - 9:30am
Liko Lehua (Adult Beginner/Intermediate) - $60
Ages 13 & up
9:30am - 10:15am
Pua Laha ‘Ole (Advanced Performance Group) - $60
Invitation Only
10:30am - 11:45am
January 13 - March 17 (8 weeks)
No Class January 27 and February 3
March 24 - June 2 (8 weeks)
No Class April 7 and May 5
Enroll Online
Or call Novi Parks & Rec at
248-347-0400

Why Hula?

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Exercise

Hula & other Polynesian dance forms (Ori Tahiti, Maori, Siva Samoa) are great forms of low impact exercise. Why spend tons of money on a gym membership you'll never use? Come dance with us.. but don't forget your water bottle. You'll need it!

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Knowledge

In our Hālau, you'll not only learn how to dance, you'll also learn about Polynesian history, language, places and culture. Our Halau will teach you the meanings of the lyrics in the mele (songs). Here, you'll learn REAL Polynesian dance.. Not the stuff on TV!

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Fun!

Auntie Fran started taking Hula classes because she was looking for something fun to do... that was over 40 years ago! You'll have a great time dancing, meeting new people and making lifelong friends when you join our Ohana!

We've been spreading Aloha throughout Michigan for over 43 years!

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Our Mission

It is our mission … to make a positive impact by spreading the spirit aloha in all that we do to share knowledge by staying true and respectful to the people and cultures of Polynesia. to motivate and inspire anyone seeking to learn the art of Hula and other Polynesian dance by living with ALOHA and creating a fun and welcoming environment for all. What sets us apart…. To assist our Haumāna (students) in learning these sacred dances and cultures, we have an on-line student portal where students have access to the instructors, videos of the dances, full mele (songs), written translations, amongst various other resources. Therefore, students in our halau (school) have 24/7 support in their learning!!

All classes are rooted in the traditional Halau Hula (hula school) style of teaching and will integrate Hawaiian values, language and proper cultural protocol in the learning process.  Once the Haumāna (students) have a firm grasp of Hula, we will begin introducing other forms of Polynesian dance, Ori Tahiti, Maori and Samoan.  It is very important to us that we give each dance and culture their own distinction and follow the proper protocol for each.

Haumāna (students) will have the opportunity to join our student performance group to share their Aloha Spirit with the community through public performances and other events!  For those that want to advance to the professional level, we have professional development training and a professional dance group, The Polynesian Dancers of Michigan, that travel and perform all over the mid-west. 

Our Roots

Fran "Pi'ilani' Price Founder

After 46 years of teaching and performing, Fran has decided to retire and travel the world. We'll miss you, Auntie Fran!

Fran's Story
Pamela Gibson Artistic Director

After dancing with her "Nana" since she was 15 months old, Pam is taking over the business after Fran's retirement.

Read Pam's Story

Learn Polynesian Dance from the best teachers in Michigan

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Pam Gibson

Teaching Novi Classes

Heather Kapla

Teaching Livonia Classes

Ana Akana

Teaching Ferndale Classes

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