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BASIC HULA - Intensive Hawaiian Instruction for Steps; Hands and Posture (2007)

KUMU KEA : Dancer-Sandii Manumele , Pattye Kealohalani Wright  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: KUMU KEA : Dancer-Sandii Manumele
  • Directors: Pattye Kealohalani Wright
  • Producers: Rusty Wright
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Rusty's Starship
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R9AKP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A YEAR OF AUTHENTIC HULA CLASSES IN ONE DVD! We can barely suppress our enthusiasm for this groundbreaking instructional video! It is the distillation of over 60 years of collective learning and teaching experienced by master teacher and master dancer.

We teach the underlying basic movements of the body in Hula. From there, we add each succeeding Hula step in order of difficulty and importance. We culminate the lessons with a Hula exercise section, using all the steps taught. This is your practice time so that you can perfect what you have learned.

Our instruction is very specific and very detailed. We call ourselves RealHula because we teach hula the way it is taught to real students in real hula classes here in Hawai'i. We are a cultural and educational group catering to sincere and serious hula lovers world-wide. We can say with confidence that with "Basic Hula," it is now really possible to learn the Hawaiian Hula in your home.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Teacher and Student December 8, 2007
As a teacher of dance, this video will help you help your students improve technique. As a student, it will open your eyes to the true meaning of Hula in a sincere and technically correct way.

We here on the mainland may not have a true view of what this dance from the islands is all about and where its roots are. This basic video will dispell a lot of notions about Hula and shows the real challenging and rewarding aspects of the dance, technical and graceful. It is a winner...I wish I had owned it 20 years ago...
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maika'i! August 14, 2007
By Pohonui
I've had this video series from RealHula for it...have them all! If you are looking for authentic hula, danced in 'ai ha'a style, this is it...and it doesn't get any better than this! The most excellent hula teaching video I have ever seen...and I have seen most all that are out there. Get won't regret it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DVD FOR LEARNING HULA !! June 26, 2008
This DVD is very informative and worth every penny. Everything you need to know about hula is on this DVD. Do not be discouraged by the word "Intensive" in the title of this DVD. Kumu Kea is a great teacher and explains everything in detail and with kindness. The steps are thoroughly explained and presented in such a way that even a beginner will feel a sense of accomplishment as they learn each new step. Take your time with this DVD. It is quite lengthy, but you will not feel rushed into learning the steps. I have purchased several DVD's of this type, but no longer used them anymore. I put "Basic Hula" on top of the list for learning hula dancing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Beginning Hula Lessons May 15, 2009
By MythEwe
I was expecting a glossy, semi-Hollywoodesque video. Instead, the Kumu Hula is very real, and it feels like she's giving you private instruction because of some of the word-grasping that she does and some of the non-polished aspects of the video. It's a great video. The lessons are simple, and they remind me of when I was taking in-person hula classes from a Kumu.

Although it's sometimes hard to completely understand what the Kumu is asking students to do, her assistant being able to show the end product really helps. I do wish the assistant had chosen another color of shorts to wear, however, as it's hard to see discrete leg movement with a mass of solid black and legs.

I did expect to learn even a simple dance, and except for the practices (slow, medium, or fast), there is nothing put together into a dance for the student as a kind of culmination of the DVD's learning. At the same time, I like the format where the step is presented and repeated during instruction, and then a few minutes of practice immediately follow. By learning/practicing two or three of the steps, and then adding all three of the practices, I not only get to enjoy the beauty of hula, but I also get a great workout.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginnings! April 6, 2008
By Jane
This is a great introduction to Hula dance. Kumu Kea walks us through the steps with detailed and specific instructions which are demonstrated by the lovely Manumele. It teaches grace and posture and is good for the soul. If you are serious about learning Hula, this is the starting point for sure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Kumu Hula January 22, 2010
I was asked to review this video by a friend who wants to learn, but is very shy. The Hula moves taught here are explained easy enough for the newest person to understand. I have been dancing for 24 years and was fortunate to study with a halau (Hula School). The only thing you'll miss out on is the critique of a Kumu Hula. So, if you're doing it wrong, you won't know, but if this is your only option, go for it! Some patient with yourself!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners March 29, 2012
By Amity
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I have been belly dancing for about eight years and took a hula workshop a couple years ago. After that I bought the DVD "Intro to Polynesian Dance" which was put out with the support of the Belly Dance Super Stars. It was interesting and fun, and I could kind of figure out how they were doing most of the moves because I am familiar with the similar movements of belly dance. However, Basic Hula is FAR better for someone who is just starting and wants to see how the moves are done. Each movement is broken down with the demonstrating dancer in front of a mirror so you see back and front views, while the instructor verbally explains what the dancer is doing. She also gives excellent tips for what NOT to do. Each move is then practiced in slow motion, and then at tempo with the drum being played. Another thing that I like is that each move is displayed on the screen so you see how it is written as well as hear the instructor pronounce it. This covers many moves, and at the end there are three practice sections at slow, medium, and fast tempos where the instructor drums and calls out moves and you follow along with what the demonstrating dancer does. It's an excellent way to learn the names of the moves and practice transitioning between them. The instructor also points out several times that there are different styles of hula so if you've had lessons from a different instructor there may be differences, but they are not a matter of "right or wrong", just a matter of style. The video is a little old and obviously didn't have a large budget, but they did an excellent job with what resources they have. I rented this on instant to see if I liked it but I will definitely be purchasing the DVD to keep. The closest hula instructors to me are a 2 1/2 hour drive away so I am VERY happy that this is available. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by kaldea17
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for returning the Halau training to me...
I learned at a Halau from Auntie Christina in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii pre-Polynesian Cultural Center [PCC] and during the Hukilau Beach luau days. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cwiQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awkward to Graceful in one DVD
I have no coordination or rhythm. The carefully explained movements made it possible for me to not only grasp all the basics, but now I am able to dance some choreographies on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kristina Francis
3.0 out of 5 stars good instructions bad video quality
instructions are good the video quality is bad, since this is a visual art it takes its toll after a few lessons.
Published 11 months ago by abigail spath
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video
I just wanted to add my praises for this excellent video. The review by "Amity" (Mar 29, 2012) sums up the format very well so I would direct readers to that review. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Texasgirl
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more from a $40 DVD
I bought this DVD based on reviews, and expected more for the price. It is an instructional video, so I don't know why others are commenting that they didn't get a good workout-... Read more
Published 12 months ago by micah brady
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok
thought it moved very slowly through techniques, trying to make it look harder than it is 4 more words required
Published 12 months ago by Dorothy Heywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars
Allowed me plenty of practice to execute the basic hula steps correctly. I just joined a bginner's hula class and needed to get up to speed on getting the correct footwork in place... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D.Beyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Video
This video was expensive; but so very worth it. I joined a hula group and was able to do all the basic steps like the pros. Thank you.
Published 18 months ago by Jane A. Shroyer
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