Watch the Fourth Annual Ho`ike! A live show of music, hula, and aloha with special guest star Patrick Landeza. Hula Mai's gift to the people of Sonoma. Click here to see the photos. Click here to watch the video.
Carolyn, Beth, Linda, Fran
Hula Mai is our taste of Hawaii right here in the town of Sonoma. It's where everyone who has ever dreamed of dancing the hula can learn how; it's where everyone who has ever danced hula before can dance again. It's where, with practice, dancers can become part of the Hula Mai performing road show. Whatever your Hula experience, you are welcome at Hula Mai.
Hula Mai means Come and Dance. We call to you now. Hula Mai.
dfs Hula classes are offered in eight-week workshops. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the current schedule. Call Marissa Fitrakis, Program Director at Vintage House, for more information. 707-996-0311.
Overview of Hula Mai
Hula Mai offers classes in the hula at Vintage House in Sonoma, California, taught by Betty Ann Ka'ihilani Bruno. The name, Hula Mai, is a verbal beckoning, an invitation to come and dance, literally: Come here and hula. When Betty Ann established Hula Mai in May of 2009, her hope was to inspire a love for the hula through knowledge and understanding of the Hawaiian culture. Written materials and video instruction are provided so students can practice at home. The classes cover basic steps of the hula and choreographed dances which include both 'Auana (contemporary hula) and Kahiko (ancient chants).
The choreography includes both Kahiko and 'Auana
Kahiko is the old style or ancient hula, danced to a chant accompanied by a drum (Pahu) or gourd (Ipu-heke). Some ancient hulas were taught under very strict rules, and were called 'hula kapu' because they were for ceremonial purposes only, and not entertainment. Thus, they were not available to the general public. That has changed, however, since the 1970's and today Hula Kahiko is widely performed and can be enjoyed by everyone. The traditional costume for women doing Kahiko is the "pa'u."
'Auana style hula can be described as the 'modern hula.' It is danced to melodic songs accompanied by ukeleles and guitars, etc. The lyrics are often in English, as opposed to the Kahiko chants which are always in Hawaiian. Costumes for 'auana style hulas can be traditional ti-leaf skirts, or dresses adapted from western styles - the mu'umu'u, holomu'u or holoku.
People with all levels of dance experience are welcome. Comfortable clothing is recommended and also a dance wrap or pareau.
hhh Vintage House is in the town of Sonoma and generously sponsors Hula Mai. For more information about Vintage House and other programs that may interest you, call Marissa Fitrakis, Program Director, at 707-996-0311.
FALL CLASSES began on Friday, September 6. There are eight Friday classes in each of three courses, with the last class on October 25. The cost is $45 per course, and includes materials. Advanced Hula: 11 – 11:55 Intermediate: 12 – 12:55 Beginning Hula II: 1:00 – 1:55
KAHIKO II WORKSHOP resumed at En-er-gy, 450 First Street East (on the Mercato) at 12:30 on Monday, September 9 and will continue through October 28. A hui hou!!!
For more information call the Program Director Marissa Fitrakis at Vintage House, 707-996-0311. You can watch all our Hula Mai videos by clicking here.