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Julianne Wrolstad is Owner of Hula Hut Polynesian Dance and lead instructor ('alaka'i). She grew up in New Jersey and started dancing ballet and tap at just three years old. She started dancing Polynesian styles of dance around the age of ten. In addition to Polynesian dance, she has many years of experience dancing ballet, jazz, funk, hip hop, modern/lyrical, Caribbean and Middle Eastern dance. 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 Hapa Haole (western style) hula, "Keep Your Eyes on the Hands", and an Ori Tahitian dance, "Royal Tahitian", solo performance. Julianne began teaching dance in high school as an assistant instructor at the dance school she attended, Star Performing Arts Academy. She is very grateful to her dance teacher Nancy Cruz for her years of instruction and inspiring in Julianne a passion for dance.
After college, Julianne lived in California and remained there for about four years while working full time and completing a Masters degree. She kept her passion for dance alive and studied under a couple of kumu hula at halaus on the central coast. It was in California that she realized that hula is much more then dance (or grass skirts...as many think) and was intrigued to learn more. She is thankful for all her kumu's kuleana (graceful guidance).
In 2005, Julianne started Hula Hut Polynesian Dance.
Over the years, business has expanded. She enjoys teaching lessons and dancing at a variety of events.
Julianne finds it imperative to continue to expand her knowledge through learning opportunities including networking and collaboration with other halau (schools) or groups of Polynesian dance, music and culture around the state, country and world. "Polynesian dance is sacred and it is critical it is honored, respected and that dancers understand the history, culture and meanings of songs interpreted in the dance. It is imperative to malama mau (take care of) hula and support these endangered cultures."
Julianne is "Hawaiian at heart", and strives to share her aloha of dance through performances, lessons, and workshops.
Julianne is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 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 through P.A.T.H. International.