Tahitian dance at Movement arts
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:22 AM
Natalie Hinanui-Sterett is a descendant of the Tahitian warrior Chief Toofa who led the revolution against French occupation in the 1800s. She is offering a class on the dance of the Pacific Islands at Movement Arts in Arlington from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings Oct. 28 through Nov. 18.
I come from a rich Tahitian heritage of chiefs and priests, Hinanui-Sterett said. On my grandmothers side I am a descendant of the high priest Ahutoru, who was also the first Tahitian to go to Europe in 1769. Along with dance, I have been learning many different aspects of Tahitian culture. I look forward to sharing this part of my culture with all who are interested. Students are encouraged to wear a comfortable shirt or tank top and a pareo or sarong. Tahiti dance honors the beauty of women of all ages, shapes and sizes, Hinanui-Sterett said. I will show you how to wear your sarong. Those who do not have a sarong are welcome to attend in a pair of shorts. Tahitian dancing is done in bare feet. Movement Arts classes are offered in the Big Red Barn at 3502 204th Street NE in Arlington. Register for the class on-line at www.movementarts.com or call 360-654-8946 for more information. Class fee is $45.