The picture above is from five years ago. I remember when my mom first signed me up for Tahitian dance classes. I originally wanted to take ballet, but we couldn’t afford it. So my mom thought it would be a good idea for me to take Hula classes. I was a bit nervous showing up to my first day of class. I kept thinking what people were going to think of me. I thought about if people were going to make fun of me, because I wasn’t as tiny as them. But when I got to class it was all wrong. My instructor openly embraced me as soon as she saw me. She introduced me to the rest of the girls and they all were very nice. From that moment I knew that I was going to be fine.
On the first day of class, my teacher gave me a sarong to wear. She told me to take off my pants, because you can’t have on long pants while you’re dancing. At first I looked at her like she was crazy, but then I did it, and I quickly got used to it. On the first day of class she taught me all the basic dance moves that I needed to learn. When she showed me, it wasn’t hard at all for me to catch on. She told me that I had a natural talent and that she was glad that I was in her class.
When I got home from class that day, I started looking at Tahitian dance videos. I was so amazed at all the beautiful dancers. I told my mom that I wanted to be just like them when I grew up. I would go to class twice a week and I would always try my hardest. My instructor was amazing! She always pushed me to do my best. I started taking Tahitian classes when I was in the sixth grade, when I got to the ninth grade, my instructor moved. I was devastated, because she was my first and only Hula instructor that I had ever had. Before my instructor moved, she told me about how her Aunt teachers classes somewhere else, so right after my first instructor left, I started taking classes with her Aunt.
After taking Tahitian Hula classes for so many years, I decided I wanted to start teaching classes. When I moved to Washington DC when I was 16 years old, I started teaching classes in the area.
Now I have done so many shows and events that I can’t even count them all! I love what I do and I am so grateful that God has given me the opportunity to dance!