Aunty Julie is a lifelong dancer who began dancing at the age of 4 with San Francisco's Kumu Hula Nelani Rogers. There she learned her basics and formed many sisterhood and bonds, many of which are now current, leaders teachers and Kumus the Polynesian dance community in the Bay Area.
As a teen she was invited to perform with the professional Polynesian Dance Troupe, Spirit of Polynesia. There under the directorship of Kimo and Jill Moane Keala Baird she gained vast knowledge and experience in showmanship, traditional hula and tahitian dances and continued to strengthen her sisterhood and connections in the community. She also learned and lived the life of a traveling performer. The high level of showmanship with Spirit of Polynesia came from the lineage of Dances of the Pacific's Betty Lei'ala Hughs and Tiare Clifford's Tiare Otea.
She continued to broaden and deepen her knowledge and training through the years and had the opportunity to learn from Makau Foster DeCuleviere, Aunty Roiti Silva and Aunty Nona Beamer. She has been an awarded soloist and group dancer in various events throughout the years.
In her 20's Aunty Julie began teaching at WSPA, Daly City in proper Tahitian technique.
Aunty Julie was blessed with the opportunity to achieve her uniki rites ceremonies through Kumu Hula Sybil Pruett from Waikoloa, HI to continue teaching in the love and light of the Islands. We represent her lineage as well as lineage ofJill Baird's. We continue to be blessed with guidance from Aunty Sybil and teach with her belief...
"As long as you teach from a place of LOVE and give all the gratitude to God and his angels for our blessings, gifts and opportunities."
In 'Ori Tahiti, dances of the Island of Tahiti, Aunty Julie is very grateful to have attained certificates from Le Grande Ballet and The Conservetoire of Tahiti in Papeete. We are ambassadors of the Tahitian culture and are grateful to have mentor direct from Tahiti such as Laetiicia and Lyntina Perry of Kautakaas as well as Hiro Tematahotoa of Hanatika. We have also been blessed with the opportunity to learn online due to covid with Tahia Cambet. We are excited and eager to learn from our passionate teachers and Mentors who have all so graciously and generously shared the love of their culture with all of us.
Uncle Mike has been blessed to learn drumming from Uncle Tennyson Lum, Jay Medieros, Sam Almiera, Aaron Sencil, and Mark Adam all amazing bay area Tahitian Drummers! We are truly grateful for those times well spent jamming on the drums together and sharing the knowledge with us.
OUR MISSION is to provide a safe space for dancers to nurture and deepen their passion for dance and provide a community of support system for all dancers to grow in confidence. Tehani is a place to learn ALOHA, MANA'O and it's MANA a holy trinity from the islands. To share it's light Our sister halaus Tiare O Te Ao in Hercules and Rahiti in, SSF join us in ensuring that we all provide the opportunities for a Tehani/Kahealani Dancer to participate in shows, competitions and productions that showcase our love for the culture art and dance of Polynesia. We'd love for you to come dance with us!
Assistant Teacher Malia
Malia is very sweet kind and patient with the children of Tehani. She is very skilled and graceful in her craft and has recently co-choreographed the award winning Tamari'i Otea Merced 2018. She has placed in various solo/group performances and looks forward to creating more pieces for Tehani. What she enjoys most is being a big sister mentor to all the little Tehani blossoms we are blessed with that walk through our doors. She aspires to travel to different countries to share her mana'o of dance.
Assistant Teacher Jazzy
Jazzy assists in teaching the Tehani Troopers of our school. She specializes in Ori Tahiti and Hip Hop and dances with ReDefine Dance. Much of her dance skills is influenced with this cross training of dance. She takes pride in pushing the dancers to reach their individual bests. She has placed in various solo and group presentations. Jazzy aspires to travel the world to teach Hip Hop one day like Isabelle Capitul her inspiration.
Ballet with Mayosh
I’ve had a long term love affair with dance since I was 5 years old. I started with ballet when I was a little girl, then moved to jazz and street dance in high school, then decided to minor in dance in college where I was immersed in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. I also reconnected with my Filipino roots in college and became heavily involved with performing and teaching Filipino Cultural dance throughout college and for several years after.
After I got married and had my first child, I took a long hiatus from dance, but I couldn’t stay away. By chance, I happened upon a coupon for a free hula class at Tehani, so I decided to give it a try. From that very first class, I was hooked! I started dancing with Auntie Julie, and not too long after, Auntie Julie asked me to “fill in” as the beginner ballet teacher while she looked for a permanent teacher. I ended up teaching ballet and later jazz at Tehani for the next 6 years! I took the last couple of years off, but I’m thrilled to be back and can’t wait to see the next crop of little Tehani ballerinas!
I strongly believe that learning technique within the structure and discipline of ballet will help our hula girls learn grace, poise and confidence that will make them better overall dancers and performers. Trust that I will love and nurture every single girl that comes through my class as if they are my own!