About Us

Ia Orana, Aloha, Talofa, Malo Lelei, Kia Orana, Fakalofa Lehi Atu, Kia Ora & ‘Taloha Ni!

Welcome to our dance community! My name is Juanita and I am honoured to share my passion for dance with you. I am of Samoan, Tokelauan, and European descent, born in New Zealand and raised in the vibrant city of Brisbane, Australia.

Growing up in a place with a small Polynesian community, my mother ensured we stayed connected to our rich cultural heritage. She introduced me to my first dance class at the age of six, and I instantly fell in love with the art. My first teacher was Tahitian, but I was fortunate to learn from many other talented mentors along the way. At just eleven years old, my mother founded the Hula Hips dance school, where I began teaching and choreographing dances for young girls who performed across Brisbane. One of the highlights of my journey as a young teacher was watching them perform for the audience at the Pasifika Vibes Festival Brisbane, the organising committee of which my mum is a part.

As I grew, so did my passion and love for dance. I have had the incredible opportunity to perform nationwide and internationally. In 2012, I had the privilege of choreographing a dance routine for the Polynesian contingent of the Queensland Police Service. We traveled to Samoa to perform at the 50th Jubilee celebration of Samoan Independence—a truly unforgettable experience.

Recently, I discovered that my great-great-grandfather has ancestral roots linked to Tahiti from the Pomare family. This revelation perhaps explains my mother’s deep love for the melodies and songs of Tahiti and the Cook Islands. My dance repertoire includes Tahitian, Cook Island Ura, Siva Samoa, Kapa Haka, Poi, and a brief encounter with Hawaiian Hula. Specialising in ‘Ōri Tahiti (Tahitian dance), I find immense joy in sharing this beautiful art form with others. Becoming a mother at twenty inspired me to continue leading the Hula Hips dance school, nurturing the next generation of dancers.

I cherish family, nutrition, music, and mental health. Music, with its healing power, has a profound impact on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It can uplift our spirits, regulate our emotions, and even help us sleep better. No matter where we are in the world, music unites us all.

Today, my mission is to inspire and motivate young women of all ages to stay connected with their cultural roots and to embrace the joy of movement. Whether you seek fitness, skill improvement, or simply the joy of trying something new, our dance community welcomes you with open arms.

I eagerly look forward to meeting you and sharing the beauty of Polynesian dance.

Māuruuru Roa!

A quote from our founder

"The quality of life is about the time you invest in yourself."

Imeleta

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.

Agility and Grace

Spirituality and Peace

Presence and Poise