Owner & Instructor
Julianne has danced most of her life. She grew up in New Jersey and started dancing ballet and tap at just three years old. She began dancing Polynesian styles (Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori) of dance around age ten. In addition to Polynesian dance, she has years of previous experience dancing ballet, jazz, funk, hip hop, modern/lyrical, Caribbean and Middle Eastern dance with Starr Performing Arts Academy. She has competed in most of these styles of dance and won several top awards including First Place Overall (highest score at competition) for a hula, "Keep Your Eyes on the Hands", and an Ori Tahitian dance, "Royal Tahitian", solo performance.
Her teaching experience started in high school as an assistant dance instructor at Star Performing Arts Academy. She is very grateful to her dance teacher Nancy Cruz for her years of professional, expert dance instruction and inspiring in Julianne a life long passion for dance. Julianne's love of dance went with her as she traveled and danced on the U.S. west coast and in the mid west.
In 2005, Julianne started Hula Hut Polynesian Dance and the rest, as they say, is history. For those interested in learning Polynesian dance Julianne says, "Polynesian dance is sacred and it is critical it is honored and respected. Part of learning is to understand the history and culture of the people. It is imperative to malama mau (take care of) hula and to respect and support these cultures."
Julianne is "Hawaiian at heart", and strives to share her aloha of dance through lessons, events and workshops.
Julianne holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. Her other passion is horses and is a certified Therapeutic Horse Back Riding Instructor.
Eileen joined us in 2014. She has a background in hula, Tahitian and Maori dancing. She discovered Polynesian dance and gained much experience dancing with a halau in California. She brings enthusiasm, creativity and a positive attitude to teaching and performing. More info about Eileen to come soon.
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