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Introduction to Polynesian Dance With Tumata

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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First hand experience of the enchanting beauty and charm of ancient Tahitian and Polynesian dances and cultural presentations are unforgettable.The pulsing drums, the blur of the hip shaking, intoxicating tropical flower scents, and the unmistakable energetic performance that is Polynesian dance are brought together here. Dance is one of Tumata’s foremost passions, which she teaches in addition to being one of the leaders of Tahiti’s most creative and popular dance troupe, Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti. In this program, Tumata goes through three basic steps of Tahitian dancing, the Ori Tahiti, the otea and the aparima.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tumata, Moena
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cia - Copeland Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000W04S2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This dvd is lovely introduction to Polynesian dance and everything I hoped it would be. The dvd covers three aspects of Polynesian dance: the Ori Tahiti, the dynamic, fast Otea and the slow, expressive Aparima. Tumata explains every move in detail and Moena demonstrates them thoroughly. You will learn not only the basics but, also, the foot and arm movements that go with each move. Granted, there are no extended practice sessions on this dvd but it's easy enough to re-cue a section on the dvd to work on specifics movements.

Bear in mind that this is NOT a hula/polynesian fitness dvd like the ones by Kili. Her dvds are are absolutely great workouts but are not so good for anyone wishing to learn authentic Polynesian dance as the moves are combined with aerobic excerise movements. While Tumata's dvd is not a workout per se, you will certainly know you've been using your muscles.

Tumata's dvd is devoted solely to learning the fundamentals of Polynesian dance and it is a must have for anyone interested in this exquisite dance form. It also treats the dance with the reverence it so deserves. In a delightful special features segment, Tumata also takes us to Polynesia to see the birthplace of this dance form. It is a treat for the eye and a wonderful cultural learning experience.

The settings for this dvd are visually stunning and the music sublime. At over 70 minutes in length, you get a lot quality dance instruction for a very low price. Well done, Miles Copeland, well done!! Please, please give us a follow up!!!!
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This DVD teaches all of the basic steps and hand movements needed for Polynesian dance. It is easy to follow and explains in detail how to move your hands and feet properly - clear and simple. Learning the hand movements will be most helpful in the translation of other dances you might view and will help you to create a proper dance to almost any song. It is 100% devoted to learning Polynesian dance - no workout. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who is unable to find dance classes locally, as you will be able to use this DVD at home with much success.
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This DVD provides a good collection of basic tahitian dance moves as well as a very skilled ami within an ami move at the end. Worth checking out.
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By MiSS on February 3, 2009
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This DVD is about as close as you will get to the authentic way to dance Tahitian without being in Tahiti. This woman is a skilled instructor that knows the REAL way to dance Tahitian. She has been apart of one of the most creative groups in Tahiti, so she knows exactly what she is talking about. This is definitely a very informative video teaching the essence of basic Tahitian motions and movements. I highly recommend this video if you would like to learn the basics of Tahitian don't buy that other video Tahitian cardio workout. It is not a realistic video it's not even a Tahitian dance video. A wise person once told me if you want learn Tahitian dance learn it from a Tahitian.
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For those wanting to learn the basics of Tahitian dancing, this is a great purchase. I have been a fan of Tumata Robinson and her new group Tahiti Ora as well as Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti for a several years now and I am glad that she made a video that broke down the basics. Excellent work! Meeting her and Moena in person at the recent Tahite Fete was just as fantastic as this video and its prompt delivery.

Maururu roa,
Marichu
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I have been dancing Tahitian and Hula all my life. This is a great video to learn and review Tahititan dance moves and simple routines. It is a great work out video too. The movements are authentic and easy to follow. I highly recommend this video for those who are wanting to learn Tahitian dance or they may want to just use it as part of an exercise program. The settings are in Tahiti. It would be great to have links to other videos by this same person.
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For a beginner, this video is hard to follow. The demonstration is not step by step and tends to jump around. Also, the camera keeps circling around the dancer which makes it difficult to see the dancer's arm, feet, and body positions.
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Based on the great production quality of the dvd, you can tell that a nice effort was made to provide a broad overview of tahitian dance steps. Tumata instructs while one of her dancer/instructors performs the demo. There is not extensive choreography here, but it is more like a dictionary of sorts that shows you several movements and then gives you a chance to practice. there are two short choreographies amidst the instruction but that is not the focus. the positives of the dvd are the demonstration of several intermediate and advanced techniques not seen in, say, Kili's workouts, which are on a more beginner level and modernized (although Kili makes great dvds I think!)

some of the advanced steps include the pa'i pa'i, the hamenimeni,and many more. I do hope Tumata continues to build on this foundation dvd.
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