A Message from our Teacher, Juanita
Aloha, Talofa, Malo Lelei, Kia Orana & ‘Ia Ora Na!
I’d like to introduce myself to all the new visitors to this page. My name is Juanita Sabrina Lia-Norris and I am of Samoan, Tokelauan & European descent. I was born in New Zealand but raised in Brisbane, Australia. There wasn’t a big Polynesian community here, so my mother being Polynesian wanted us kids to stay connected with our Polynesian roots. She took me to my first dance class when I was 6 years old. My first dance teacher was Tahitian but I had many other mentors and teachers along the way, including the Hula Hips dance school that my mom founded when I was 11. When I was 12, I started teaching and choreographing dance routines at Hula Hips for young girls who performed around Brisbane, the highlight of which was the Pasifika Vibes Festival where they performed in front of thousands of people. As I grew older I found my passion & love for dance and had the opportunity to perform nation wide & internationally. In 2012 I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to choreograph a dance routine for the Polynesian contingent of the Queensland Police Service and travel with them to Samoa to perform the routine as part of the 50th Jubilee celebration of Samoan Independence. I have grown up dancing Cook Island Ura, Siva Samoa, Kapa Haka and Poi, and briefly Hawaiian Hula. I became a mom at 20 and since then I have been again fortunate to be able to continue the Hula Hips dance school. This has inspired me to emphasise ‘Ōri Tahiti (Tahitian dance) as this is my specialty.
I value family, nutrition, music & mental health. I believe music is its own healing power. It has such a powerful effect on our physical, mental & emotional health. It can improve our mood, regulate our emotions, help us concentrate and even sleep better. No matter where we are in the world, we all use music for something.
Today, I hope to inspire and motivate others to stay connected with their cultural roots and to get their bodies moving whether its for fitness, to improve their skill or to try something new and just vibe!
I look forward to meeting you soon.
A quote from our founder
"The quality of life is about the time you invest in yourself."
Our Core Values
Polynesian Dance, Tahitian, Cook Island, Maori, as an art form, is a cultural immersion, that teaches, poise, dignity, self control, pride of culture, and cultural identity. These things are so important for our children of today, our adults of tomorrow.