This course will teach you the most fundamental basics to dance the Tahitian Ote'a, and also how to get a great full body workout when dancing. I created this course for women who are looking to take action to improve their lives and their health.You will learn the basic Tahitian Ote'a dance moves and how to maximize your movements for the most athlectic benefit. I begin by showing you the ote'a, and then I break down the mechanics behind each move. Once you learn the moves I explain how you are able to create a workout. Once you complete this course you will know how to create your own at home workout that you do at your own convenience.
Aloha, or Iaorana (hello in Hawaiian and Tahitian)! Welcome to my Getting Fit learning Tahitian Ote'a course. If you have taken my course on Learning Hula and Getting Fit Dancing then you are a few steps ahead. You will already know the posture, arm placements, and how to move your hips gracefully. If you did not take the course no worries! I will teach you everything you need to know! After this course you will know how to dance the Tahitian Ote'a and how to get fit dancing!
When you combine all of the feet, hip and hand movements of the ote'a you have the finished product.You may be able to tell that I am freestyling here. Although it is a big performance I take the liberty to dance what I want to dance, and you can too! Focus on your favorite moves, or on your goals. If you want more cardio then focus on moving your hips faster for longer. If you want to work your legs more then incorporate level changes, which we will cover later in the course. Above all have fun and smile!
The pareau, also commonly known as a "sarong", is integral to Tahitian dancing. The vast majority of the time you will be wearing a pareau when you dance, especially when you dance the ote'a. You can do the course without one of course, but if you intend on performing for other people, or even for a full practice for yourself, consider purchasing a pareau. There are countless ways to tie a pareau. In this video I teach you the most common ways to wear a pareau when dancing. I will never forget being a child and the emcee of our show was teasing the audience because the women dancers wore only a pareau that was tied, there were no velcro, hooks or zippers.
This video is a continuation of ways to tie a pareau
Learn the most common arm placements
This is the last video before you get to actually start learning moves! We cover things like posture and etiquette here.
Now we learn our first move. This is probably the easiest move to learn, and is probably where the ka'o, in hula, came from.
This move is the epitome of grace. The entire move is soft. The varu is the same move as the oniu in hula.
Typically when you see a video/ad/movie of tahitian dancing it is of this move. This move is the most famous of all, and also the most difficult. When you master the 'ami or slow fa'arapu you can always work on increasing your speed while maintaining the size and roundness of the circle.
In case you thought the fa'arapu was easy, we add a step to it here.
One of the prettiest of all the moves. There are at least two ways to do the ope. Here we cover the ope with a circle.
Learning how to turn is the first step in becoming a more well-rounded dancer. Dancers are not complete if they are stationary.
I explain the importance of understanding the mechanics to dancing i.e. weight distribution so you can walk while you dance.
Probably the most challenging thing to do is to dance to the ground. You get a fantastic leg workout. Add your arms out to the side and you have a total body workout.
MAURURU! Maholo for taking this course!! Stay healthy and never get too busy to take time to improve yourself.
This quiz is designed to test your retention of course material.
Aloha! I have been dancing hula for over 20 years, performing for about 23 years and first began teaching about 15 years ago. I competed and won an NPC fitness competition, and then became a personal trainer, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I have been a nutrition coach for about five years, and I earned a bachelors in nutrition science. I love teaching people how to make healthier choices to help them fit and be happier.