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Princess Lafu

A storytelling way of teaching Hawaiian hula. The furry monsters, Princess Lafu and her best friend Nene are from the furry island, Aloha-Hula-Lei land. They discover that their hula land is under threat by the Sea Dragon Mo'o Pele and ask for help to chase the dragon away by learning the ancient powerful hula dance. The children are taught the basic hula steps through drama and are introduced to the Hawaiian implements.

Artist Information

Hawaiian Hula - Pasifika Sway

Website: http://www.pasifikasway.com

Phone: 0210-245-1971 or 09 376-9368

Email: aruna@pasifikasway.com


Dance practitioner for 11 years in Polynesian dance.
Specialise in Hawaiian hula. Trained in Hawaii and Sydney.
2007- Auckland Girls Grammar School
2008 - Botany High School
2009 - P.I.P.A - Unitec, Carrington
Established own dance theatre company in Sydney, 2000. Taught in many secondary schools and community centres in Sydney.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama, Dance, Music

Topics or Genres of Expertise: drama, hawaiian hula, music, dance

Languages Spoken: English, Hawaiian

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: National

Space and Resources Required: Hall

Indicative Costs:


Mode of Delivery: Presentation, Performance

Cultural Context: Pasifika


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


to be posted

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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