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hula

Hula for health, heart, body and soul

IMAGINE YOU ARE IN THE TROPICS, FORGET ABOUT THE WINTER AND MEET OTHER PEOPLE

Former professional hula dancer Taramati Chanel has relocated to New Zealand from Hawaii. With a career that spans over 20 years, Taramati has trained numerous dancers throughout Hawaii and the United States.
Her list of passions and experience is impressive, including a successful modelling career. Taramati started a fashion show production company, The Catwalk Company and has over 20 years experience in the trade show industry, co-ordinating special events.

Upon arrival in New Zealand four years ago, the couple spent time travelling throughout the country to find the perfect place to settle down. The friendly couple have chosen Whangarei to share her love of dance.
“Whangarei was the right spot,” she says.

“There are such warm and wonderful people here. Northland is close to the ocean, hospital and airport and away from the big city,” she says.

One of her many expertise is hula dancing.
“As long as there are wiling students, they have a willing teacher.”

During these classes the music is personalised to suit the group and is limited to 15 ladies. “Imagine you are in the tropics, forget about the winter and meet other people,” she says.

There has been interest from a number of women in Whangarei who would like to learn more about Hawai’i and Hula. Taramati’s sessions will focus on Hula for health and it is a great way to stay active while having fun.

The classes are geared for all ages starting from 15 and dance experience is not necessary.

Tara loves dancing for relaxation, fun and when homesick over the cooler months here, she finds it the best medicine to connect to her homeland.

“Hula is certainly good for the heart, body and soul.”

“This is a new and different program and I am excited to offer these new Hula classes in Whangarei.”

The cost is $70 for 6 sessions and $60 for seniors and community card holders. At the end of the class, participants will have a better understanding of the Hula, having learned the basic Hula steps that will be incorporated into a Hula or two.

To register or for more information, please visit www.TaraChanel.com or call 09-436-2332.

with PHILIPPA MANNAGH

PHOTO: MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

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