Basic Hula Moves
dancing is a beautiful and graceful form of dance. It combines foot movement along with
meaningful hand movements that tell a story. In ancient Hawaiian times there was no
written books of daily life and special events however the Hawaiians have created hula
dances and chants as ways to document events going as far back as to their first
inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands 0-500ad. There are several different styles of hula (like
Hawaiian, Tahitian, Fijian) below are basic Hawaiian hula moves:
|Basic Hula Steps
'Ami: Right - rotate hips
counterclockwise, one rotation for each count. Left - rotate hips clockwise. Bent knees
make the 'ami easier.
For video instruction of 'Ami click
Hela: Point right foot forward, bring back, then point left foot
forward, then bring back.
Huli: Rotate around while
swaying the hips
Kaholo: A kaholo is more of a
sliding step, rather than lifting the foot as you move. It is used to step side to side,
front to back, and diagonally.
Ka'o: Sway hips by shifting
weight to the right side and lift left heel. Then shift weight to the left side and lift
Lele: Step right, then left,
either forward or back.
Love Hand Movement: Hands cross
at chest to show embracing love
Ocean Hand Movement: hands
gently beat up and down showing the rhythm of the waves.
Rainbow Hand Movement: palms of
the hands meet at the left... right hand lifts and shapes an arching rainbow
Rising Sun Hand Movement: start
at the knees, both hands part and rise above the head to shape the sun
Singing or Story Telling Hand Movement: hand
gracefully gesturing at mouth for song
Swaying Palms Hand Movement: left
arm becomes the land, right arm and fingers sway showing a waving palm.
Swirling Winds Hand Movement: left
hand forward while right hand circles twice over head
Tide roll Hand Movement: hands
continually roll over each other to show the rolling sea
You Tube is a great resource for instructional videos. Below are a few links:
How to Hula Dance
Learn to Hula Dance
How to Hula
Hula Dance Steps - Ami and Uwehe
Photo from a birthday luau in Austria where the girls
had fun dancing a few hula moves they learned from this web page.
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