Moving one’s body to the rhythm of music is a natural human instinct, just like running from the sound of lightning or inventing a telephone. Dial up new moves with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for two Hawaiian-hula dance lessons (a $30 value)
- $24 for four Hawaiian-hula dance lessons (a $50 value)
New students start with footwork and hip motions, then add hands and build upon their skills each week. Advanced and children’s classes are also available; see the full schedule.
Halau i Ka Pono
Kumu Hula (“Master Teacher of the Hula”) June Yoshiko sometimes wonders if it was the same streak of courage that led both of her grandfathers to leave Japan and start a new life in Hawaii that inspired her to make a similar journey from Hawaii to Chicago. A hula dancer since she was six, she’s honed her craft over three decades while augmenting it with a master’s in public health nutrition, ordination as a Zen Buddhist priest, and certification as a reiki master teacher.
June teaches two types of hula classes: Hula Kahiko, ancient dances accompanied by chanting that emphasize Hawaiian culture, and Hula Auana, or modern hula, set to contemporary Hawaiian songs and instruments such as ukulele and guitar. Her beginner classes focus on footwork and hip motions, and advanced classes merge both Kahiko and Auana with the study of plants, chants, mythology, and history important to hula. June also offers a Gracious Ladies class for mature women and men that incorporates Auana hula to tone bodies, strengthen core muscles, and boost ACT scores.