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Nancy Leilani Tang – Dancer Profile – Hula News

Nancy "Leilani" Tang - Dancer Profile

“I started hula classes with Kumu John Pi’ilani Watkins in the early 1960s. I had the pleasure to “uniki” from him and won second place in a competition. We performed at all of the military bases on O’ahu and after five years, I moved on to perform with Kau’i and Jack Brandt at the International market Place in Waikiki on a one-year contract. In addition to hula, I also got to perform Tahitian and Maori dances

I took private hula lessons from Auntie Rose Joshua and got to perform at the Aloha Week Ho’olaulea and Waikiki Shell. I also had the pleasure of learning from Kumu Harmony Brighter for five years and from Kimo Alama Keaulana for five years. They are all truly great legends of hula lineage for which I am grateful.

Traveling to many places around the world were the highlights of my life—Japan, Tahiti, Florida, all around the West Coast and including the neighbor islands of Hawai’i.

I retired as a secretary with the Federal government after 37 years and presently teach hula at the Marriott Hotel in Waikiki. I have been there for over two years now, and am still performing for weddings, luaus, funerals, graduations, etc. with “Ohana Nui” a Hawaiian band that started many years ago under the leadership of Kumu Lawrence Pau.”

HULA CLASSES - Redding Area
Hula dancing teaches us to strive to be our very best, and move from an undisciplined state to
one of spiritual and bodily poise. These are on-going classes to learn traditional Kahiko (ancient style) and ‘Auana (modern style) hulas, as well as instruments (Ipu—gourd drum, Pu’ili—bamboo sticks, ‘Uli’uli—feather rattles).

BEGINNERS: Saturday at 9:30 am ADVANCED: Saturday at 10:30 am
Studio Location: 19710 Oak Lane, Cottonwood, 347-9472

taught by Iris Dragan.
Menlo Park Recreation at Burgess Center, Laurel St., Menlo Park, on Mon, 10:30 am.
San Mateo Parks & Recreation at Beresford Center, Alameda de las Pulgas on Wed, 1:30 pm.
Private lessons by appointment at her home studio (650-368-7825).

Sat, Mar 10 SHOW--Shasta County Sheriff’s Cultural Awareness Event, Mt Shasta Mall, 10-6 pm;
Dance at 2:30 pm
Sat, Apr 21 SHOW--Anderson Fun Fest, Anderson River Park; Dance at 1:00 pm
Sat, May 19 SHOW--Relay for Life, Anderson High School; Dance at 1:00 pm
Sat, Jun 9 SHOW--Alicia’s Wedding, Happy Valley
Sat, Aug 11 SHOW--“Stop & Sway”, 12-2 pm (dance at various Redding businesses)
Sat, Sep 15 Field Trip--Napa Aloha Fest
Sat, Oct 6 SHOW--Craft Fair, Anderson Church
Sat, Oct 13 SHOW--Anderson Street Faire; Dance at 1:00 pm
Sat, Nov 3 SHOW--Shasta County Arts Council Show, Mt Shasta Mall; Dance at 1:30 pm
Sat, Dec 3 Booth--Holiday Craft Fair, Anderson City Hall, 9 am-2 pm

The above post is an excerpt from the Halau Hula O Na Makana Pua March newsletter.
For more great hula news, Hawaiian history, recipes and so much more, sign up for the full newsletter by emailing Jan at huladancers@c-zone.net.

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