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Local dancers share Polynesian culture and history

Release date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist 248-347-0431

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NOVI, Mich., May 23, 2019 – Learn more about the Polynesian culture through the Polynesian Dancers of Michigan and the Hālau Hula ʻO Piʻilani - School of Dance at their “The Evolution of Hula” performances on June 8 and 9 at the Novi Civic Center.

The Evolution of Hula is the second theatrical stage performance of the Hālau Hula ʻO Piʻilani - School of Dance and the Polynesian Dancers of Michigan under the direction of Pamela Gibson.

“There are a lot of misconceptions of what hula is,” Gibson said. “The biggest misconception is that hula dancing is just about shaking your hips and moving your hands around. The story or “mele” comes first and the hula comes second. Every hand movement is telling a part of that story and every sway of the hip or placement of the foot has a purpose.”

Gibson took over the dance school and performance troupe when her grandmother retired two years ago. She and her dancers are excited to share their love and Aloha with the community, and continue the legacy that school founder, “Auntie Fran” Price, began 49 years ago.

The shows are scheduled for 2 p.m., with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at cityofnovi.org or at the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services office for $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children 3 and under are free. All seats are general admission.

For information about this performance, hula classes and dance opportunities in Novi visit cityofnovi.org/art or call 248-347-0400. For information about the Polynesian Dancers of Michigan visit polynesiandancers.us or call 248-547-3109.