Kumu Hula Kalena has been dancing since childhood and has worked with the community through AmeriCorps helping at-
Directed by award-
In addition to public performances, The Desert Flowers also perform for numerous private occasions such as wedding receptions, surprise birthday parties, and corporate events.
This vivacious and versatile troupe has a growing reputation for providing outstanding world dance entertainment. To inquire for bookings, please visit www.planetbelly.com.
Phoenix Steel Drum Band
Traditional calypso and Caribbean music favorites, light rock classics, golden oldies and beach/surf tunes from the 60’s will get your next party moving. They are unique among steel drum artists -
In addition to being all-
Abyssinia is a gifted belly dancer of improvisation. And she is a doctor! She is currently studying to become a serious Polynesian dancer with Kumu Kalena. Abyssina owns Motherland Jams Bellydance.
Kumu Hula KA PUMEHANA O KEALOHA
Hula school of the western mountains of Boulder Colorado, est. 1993.
Director / instructor M. PUMEHANA Paisner went to University of
Hawai'i at Manoa where she earned an MA in Dance Ethnology,
emphasis on Polynesian.
She also had a grant to study 'Oli Hawai'i or Hawaiian chant.
The halau has been active since 1993 until January of this year due to covid.
We have performed at festivals, schools, private parties, sporting events and
educational events. We are dedicated to the nation of Hawai'i and its sovereignty.
Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM Hula Dance Group)
Kumu Hula Flor Penner PACCM Hula Group Coordinator
Marissa Radowick -
The AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company is the agency’s founding component. AACC founder Malcolm Erni believed that knowledge and understanding of traditional West African rhythm and movement could help to revitalize his beloved East Side Buffalo, NY community. Its mission is to provide authentic cultural exchange as a means of educational enlightenment.
The company has developed under the direction of West African cultural artists and the influence of African American pioneers in the dance genre. Sengalese nationals who have contributed to the growth of the AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company include Youssou Lo, Adama Seydi, Raymond Syla, Ussnom Sail, M’Baye Babacar among others. Its repertoire has been compiled with attention to the influence of American choreographers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus, among others. The dance chamber is named for choreographer Ronnie Latham, who also played an important role in its development.
The AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company has performed before an estimated 200,000 people in New York, Ohio,
South Carolina, Ontario and Canada. Currently Artistic Director Lynette Simmons and Assistant Director Linda Darnell Barr instructs weekly dance and drum classes for adults and children which are open to the community. The company is available for corporate, community-
Pacific Paradise Entertainment LLC, was created by Audrey Godoy and her dear friends. The members come from all walks of life and professions, to perpetuate the art of Polynesian dance. The Tahitian section is mentored by Malia Tafua, of Te Fano O Te Ra in Utah. Pacific Paradise Entertainment recently acquired their authentic hula section from Kumu Hula Kaui Dalire and is now named Halau Ka Pua Mae’ole Kuikanani. Both entities strive to spread aloha to Cleveland and it’s surrounding communities.
Magkapuso Group Salvation Army Farmington Hills Michigan. Directors: SA Majors Romeo and Evelyn Alip.
Flor Penner -
Napua O' Polynesia of Rhode Island was founded
in 1988 by artistic director Carolyn Castro.
Performing at various events throughout
the New England area, the dancers,
drummers, & musicians bring you on a
cultural tour of the Polynesian Islands of
Hawaii and New Zealand, as well as Tahiti
and the Philippines. Troupe members have
competed three times at the International
Hula Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Our performances include Kahiko (Ancient)
and Modern hula. Napua O' Polynesia is
based out of the Carriage House Theater
in Providence, RI.
Kaimikahu Hale O Hula I Te Faʻa O Te Mahana. Kumu Kaimi Matthews Valdez, trained in both Hawaiian and Tahitian culture, was born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and started dancing at the young age of 3 under the direction of Kumu Hula Master and Composer John Piʻilani Watkins. When her family moved to California in 1975, she continued dancing with Kumu Hula Naomi Leinaʻala Kalama and then at age of 5 began dancing with Kamo's of Hawaii, also known as Kamohai's Hula Halau, under the direction of Kumu Hula Joseph Kamohaʻi Kahaulelio.
When Kaimi turned 7, her passion and love for hula grew. Uncle Joe recognized her knowledge and after ʻuniki (graduation), he decided she should open her own halau. In 1979 she began teaching hula and Tahitian dance in her garage. This was the beginning of Kaimikahu Hale O Hula; it was originally based in her hometown of Santa Clara, California, and eventually expanded into the Salinas and Sacramento areas.
In the summer of 1978, Kaimi entered Tahiti Fete in Sacramento where she placed first in her age category and took overall for the Wahine division. She took the same title in 1979 and 1982.
In 1983, Kaimi moved back to the island of Oʻahu and took a break from teaching and attended Halau under the direction of Kumu Hula Maʻiki ʻAiu Lake and then under Kumu Hula John Keola Lake. She also learned Tahitian from Tunui Tully. In 1985 she moved back to California where she returned to teaching her halau again while also continuing to grow and enhance her skills at the same time under the direction of Kumu Hula Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu.
In 1996, Kaimi’s family moved to Arizona where she resides and continues to teach hula and Tahitian dance and has been going strong for 20 years.
Musician, Composer, Recording Artist
Born in Hawaii of Pure-
In Arizona, he developed his music sound and was in popular demand to perform at private and public functions. In Arizona, Moon created a music catalog of four music CD’s to his credit –A Walk Across The Ocean, Cut Me Some Slack, Ka Hele Kane O Hawaii & Praise Him Island Style V. 2. Each project was up for nominations with the Hawaii Music Awards and the Na Hoku Hanohano Award HARA Organizations back home in Hawaii.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mio has called New York City her home for 15 years.
With art at the core of her dance, Mio’s exotic look and glamorous style,
will bring an upscale performance to your event!
Mio specializes in Middle eastern dance, with a focus on Egyptian style -
but her technique doesn’t stop there.
Mio also adds Hula dance, Tahitian dance, Bollywood, and Salsa to her
repertoire and is sure to bring a polished performance of pizzazz to your event.
Mio has competed in several prestigious dance competitions, notably placing
third at the biggest belly dance festival New York Cairo. Mio has been in the
professional dance spotlight for over a decade —Think Broadway meets Marrakesh.
An entertainer and an artist; Your guests will be transported to a whole new world
watching Mio perform.
If you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to ask, as Mio aims to please.
Attorney Bethanie Mickles presently resides in Lynchburg, VA where she serves as Magistrate Judge of the 24th Judicial District of Virginia and the Artistic Director of World of Dance Performing Arts Company, a dance company that specializes in international dance styles. Bethanie will be presenting an Indian classical Kathak dance, "Tarana". Kathak dance originates from northern India and is characterized by fast pirouette turns, intricate footwork and precise rhythmic patterns that the dancer articulates by controlling about 100 ankle bells. Tarana is a type of kathak dance in which the beauty of rhythm is explained through various movements, various combinations of rhythmic phrases, and stances. Bethanie has had the honor of performing with her dance company in Jaipur, India as well as at the world-