WHO WE ARE
Tevakanui is comprised of children and adults ranging from 3 years old and up, creating a nurturing and supportive family environment. Our goal is to share and educate individuals and families from all walks of life, giving them the opportunity to experience Polynesian Culture not just through song and dance but also through cultural opportunities and workshops.
Henry George, born on Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Yvette Dille, born on Kona, Hawaii, met and fell in love while serving as missionaries for the Island Breeze Organization. They eventually married and settled in Kona performing for Island Breeze Productions at the King Kamehameha Resort. Henry began teaching drumming and Yvette taught Polynesian dance. They combined their skills in 2002 and formed the group Tevakanui, which means the Journey (usually as two words "Te Vaka"), Henry put the words together to symbolize the unity of the group as a family and established our motto, "Take the Journey." A few years later, they had a calling to move the
group to Las Vegas. Along with the Tutu'ila Family and others, Tevakanui quickly became the largest Polynesian Group in the Valley.
Daily Classes/ Events
Papa Nanea (Beginner Hula)
This is an introductory hula class (ages 11+) for those wanting to learn their basics. This is a performance class as well.
Vahine Toa (Adult Tahitian)
This class is focused on Tahitian/Cook Island dance and was originally set up as our "Mommas" class so is a bit slower in pace(Ages 24+). This class does perform at various events. Participants must start in the Tuesday Tahitian Basics class before moving to Vahine Toa.
Papa Laua'e (Advanced Hula)
Our Hula class is dedicated to just Hawaiian Hula and serves the advanced dancers who have hula experience or just moved up from Papa Nanea (Beginner Hula). This class also performs at various events.
Mini Keiki (Girls ages 3-5)
This class was created for our youngest dancers (girls ages 3-5) who learn Polynesian dance in a very Kid friendly atmosphere. Through dance and play, they do absorb a lot of movement and body coordination. This class does perform occasionally.
Keiki (Girls ages 6-10)
A more structured class for our little girls (ages 6-10). They learn Tahitian & Hula, and occasionally other Polynesian dances. This class does perform at various events.
Tahitian Basics (Girls 11+)
All girls wanting to learn Tahitian/Polynesian dance will start in this class. It is a multi-week class of learning the very basics of dance through direct instruction and drills. This class does not perform at events. Once the girls master the basics, they will be evaluated and eventually move on to either the Tamahine (Jr) or Vahine class (Sr).
Once you have gone through the Basics class, have been evaluated by our staff, you can move into this Intermediate level class. Here, the girls learn much more complicated Choreography along with learning many other dances from Polynesia. This group is one of our main performing groups at various Events.
Advanced Tamahine (11-15)
For our Jr Girls at an Advanced level, they learn much more complicated Choreography along with learning many other dances from Polynesia. This group is one of our main performing groups at various Events. (This class is by invite only)
Tamaroa (Jr Boys)
This class will go from Beginner to Advanced for boys ages 3- 10. They will learn all aspects of Polynesian Dance along with introduction to drumming and fire knife dance.
Vahine (Sr Girls)
Once you have gone through both Basics classes, have been evaluated by our staff that you are ready, and are ages 16 and Up, you can move into this advanced class. Here, the girls learn much more complicated Choreography along with learning many other dances from Polynesia. This group is one of our main performing groups at various Events.
Tane (Sr Boys)
This class will go from Beginner to Advanced for boys ages 11 and up. They will learn all aspects of Polynsisan Dance.
SERVICES/CLASSES WE PROVIDE
Mixed Polynesian studio
Polynesian service business
Performance for hire
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