What do I wear to class?
– T-shirt or tank/long sleeve top; no crops, bras, branding or bare backs/bellies
– Pāʻū (hula skirt): regulars see below; new joiners or beginners can start with a sarong/pareu or any other pāʻū (purchased, self-made, from another hālau etc.)
– If your pāʻū is open to one or both sides, wear leggings, joggers or knee-length shorts underneath
– If you have a sarong/pareu, make sure it is tied knee-length or longer and wear leggings, joggers or knee-length shorts underneath
– If you don’t have any of the above, leggings or joggers are fine; shorts are OK if at least knee-length (e.g. board shorts)
– Men wear knee-length shorts or joggers and a t-shirt (short or long sleeve)
– Hair is neat and tied up/back (ponytail, bun, hairband etc.); also applies to men with long hair
– Minimal jewellery only
– Barefoot is standard; if you need to wear something on your feet make sure it is non-slip
– Please no fake lei or oversize hair accessories – especially not plastic (our oceans thank you 🧡)
CLASS SKIRTS (pāʻū)
Regular students wear plain royal blue pāʻū for class. You should make your own – please message beforehand for specifications – but I also offer to make for you, please message for details.
I can’t/don’t want to learn online! Can you run a weekly class where I live?
E kala mai, but that is not possible at this time. HHUK has only one teacher and live classes run (COVID permitting) in the local area in Essex and/or London. One-off workshops and performances are not limited in location. If you would like a taster workshop in your area, please email. The new opportunities created through the pandemic have opened up the hula world more than ever, and HHUK is grateful to use these technologies to stay connected and keep dancing.
You don’t look Hawaiian! Is your hula “real” or is it just made up/copied from YouTube?
For more about Tamsin’s background and journey into hula, click here.
HHUK’s hula comes direct from a long-standing line of practitioners in Hawaiʻi, and our training and teaching is guided by Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina and Hālau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua. We’re privileged to be part of a vast Hawaiʻi-based and global ʻohana including mentors, skill and cultural experts and supporters.
I’ve never danced (hula) before! Is this for me?
Everyone is welcome to drop in to our Tuesday practice sessions on Zoom, totally free of charge.
If you’ve never seen or danced hula, have never danced at all, or are coming from a different dance or cultural discipline, our beginners class does not require prior knowledge or experience and will help you build a solid foundation.
All live classes start at beginner level.
I’m a more experienced dancer, is there a class for that?
Yes! You can attend as many classes as you want, and our improvers class on Zoom is where it’s at if you’re looking to progress and/or challenge yourself. If you’re experienced but new to hula with HHUK, please consider joining us in beginners class for a while first.
Can kids take these classes?
Hula classes are always open to everyone, although please note any children must be accompanied/supervised by a participating adult. If you have children, a local group, or school and would like a specifically child-friendly hula class, please get in touch.
What do I need to bring to class apart from my pāʻū?
– Some way to take notes (paper & pen, note-taking app etc.)
Please note audio and video recordings are not permitted or provided
– Electronic device OR binder OR bound notebook with all your notes so far, including translations, background research etc.
– Optional but helpful to carry around: Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary, Mary Pukui & Samuel Ebert
– Optional but helpful for comprehensiveness: Hawaiian Dictionary, Mary Pukui & Samuel Ebert
Any other questions?