Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance

Polynesian arts and culture

The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance located in Berkeley is a nonprofit organization where the world comes to dance. Artistic director/kumu hula, Mahealani Uchiyama’s vision is to provide a place where students of all ages and abilities can take part in multicultural dance experience through traditional training, lecture, demonstrations, performance opportunities, and workshops with master teachers.

The center is home to Polynesian Dance Company, KaUaTuahine, which is an internationally recognized company of dancers and musicians who have won numerous awards at the San Jose Tahiti Fetê, including top honors in the Drumming and Music Categories.

Funding from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program in 2017 and 2016 will support the annual Kapil’i Polynesian Dance and Music Workshops, offering students an immersive experience with practitioners of Oceanic culture.  Areas of focus include Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori dance, music, and material arts at all levels.  A concluding showcase will feature what participants have learned. 


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Kumu hula Liko Pua (far left) will teach Hawaiian cultural arts the Kapili workshops (Photo courtesy of Mahea Uchiyama)
Kumu Mahea Māhealani Uchiyama at the Kapili Workshops rought culture bearers together for an intensive weekend of learning.

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