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Tahitian and Hula club dances to spread Pacific Islander awareness

Stephany Mejia, Features Assistant Editor

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The Tahitian Hula club is a multicultural club on campus that has been performing for approximately seven years.

President of the club, Di- anne Bawit has approximately 10 years of experience. Itis her first year as the president of the club and said she has a passion for dancing hula and spreading awareness of the Pacific Islander community.

 

The size of the club consists of about 30 members. Bawit said, “I want to keep [the club] big because it keeps other students involved on campus, and as well as if they want to try out something new outside of their comfort zone. They can definitely be involved in the Pacific Islander community.”

 

There are different types of outfits for different types of dances said Bawit. She described the outfits for Tahitian dances as heavier than the outfits for Hula. The Hula outfits are long and colorful

skirts with different styles of tube tops and for Tahitian dances, the dancers roll up their skirts.

 

The club fundraises to buy new outfits. They are currently buying new outfits from Hawaiian websites or making their own.

 

Members of the club create their own headpieces. Many details are put into the making of the headpieces. They take exact measurements to fit the head pieces comfortably to each person. They have to buy specific materials, hot glue guns, glue sticks and cardboard. Each headpiece can take up to six hours or two or three days to make depending on the dance style.

 

For each practice, the members of the club begin with stretching. They later are handed practice skirts to get used to the feeling of dancing with the skirts. Bawit said their hips get tired from all the dancing. Bawit choreographs most of the dances. She said she can think of the choreography within four to five days.The club practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesday f r o m 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the USU Amphitheater. To see photos of the club, follow their Instagram account @ csusm.tahitian.

 

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