Tahitian dance moves have experienced an increase in popularity in recent years. Whether dancers have seen a video of Polynesian dances, have seen the similarities between belly dancing and Tahitian dancing, or are simply looking for something completely new, Tahitian dance has been the answer to many dancers’ quests for a new dance style.
Tahiti and Dance
Tahiti is one of the islands in French Polynesia, near the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When looking at the map, it is clear that, historically, Polynesia had to have been a very isolated place. While this isolation could have also had negative impacts, one of the advantages is that Tahiti has some cultural traditions that were able to evolve completely independently from cultural influences outside Polynesia. Tahitian dance, and indeed all Polynesian dance, is vibrant, unique, and full of provocative dance steps.
History of Tahitian Dance
Throughout the history of Tahiti, dance was used at virtually every type of event in life. At one point in the day, natives would dance to pray, and at another moment in the day dance to seduce someone they were interested in sexually. Because dance was linked to all aspects of life in Tahiti, the frames, music, and story-telling power of the dances are strong.
Historically, drums and primitive instruments such as conch shells accompanied Tahitian dance. Nowadays, the instruments are primarily the same, with some updates, but the music has evolved a bit. In current Tahitian music it is often possible to discern some western melodies in the music in addition to the traditional sounds of the Tahitian music at its roots. Tahitian dance performances are vibrant in every aspect, from music to color.
Types of Tahitian Dance
As already mentioned, Tahitian dances were performed for several different types of occasions. One type was the story-telling dance, called ‘Aparima’. In this type of sequence of Tahitian dance moves, one would use particular steps and props in order to tell a story.
‘Ote’a’ is a celebratory or performance-based Tahitian dance form. This series of steps is how Tahitian dance got related to belly dancing: Ote’a includes a lot of fast movements of the hips, made even more spectacular by the costumes. This is the inspiration for the Hawaiian hula dance.
‘Hivinau’ is a circular dance performed with two circles, usually one of men and another of women. This dance style is usually thought to be easier to learn and perform than the previous two.
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