Choose Between Two Options
- $22 for four beginner Polynesian-dance classes for one, valid for adults or kids (up to a $45 value)
- $40 for the above four classes for two (up to a $90 value)
Experienced instructor Carol Antonsen teaches students of all ages and abilities traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian dances. Shirts and shorts or a sarong are recommended, and skirts are provided. Classes are divided into four-week sessions starting the week of September 17, October 15, or January 7.
Carol’s Polynesian Dance Studio
Though the Hawaiian word ‘ohana literally translates to “family,” it’s used to describe to any close-knit, communal group. According to studio owner Carol Antonsen, ‘ohana is precisely what her Polynesian dance school is all about. “We travel together, we perform together—it’s an encouraging, supportive group that’s here to help you grow not just as a dancer, but as a person,” she says.
In keeping with her mission to foster a warm, friendly environment, Carol holds classes in her home, whose basement she converted into her dance studio. She furnishes students with the skirts typically worn during traditional performances and plays upbeat Hawaiian and Tahitian dance music during classes.
Carol hopes that her dance classes not only help create new friendships but also educate people about Polynesian cultures. To that end, she also teaches students about the history behind traditional Tahitian and Hawaiian dances, which, she says, each tell a story and occupy a sacred place in Polynesian culture. Her approach has also earned her students many opportunities to perform at private and public cultural events and celebrations both locally and internationally.