Oceanic Courses
Travel with us around the Pacific, learning beautiful dances from different Pacific Islands. Taught by the talented Moemoana Schwenke.

Choose the course and level you wish to enroll in. Videos are pre-recorded and released weekly so you can complete course at your own pace.

All our dance courses include;

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9 Week course (week 9 assessment week- students have up to three weeks to complete assessments)

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8 weeks of video lessons

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Strengthening technique

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Choreography

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Cultural knowledge

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One zoom session (Cultural arts dance, Language classes are every week)

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Certificate of completion awarded at the end of course upon completing assessment.

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Progress videos and feedback every fortnight

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Virtual classroom

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Practical and theory (quiz) assessment in week NINE

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Access to our Facebook portal and community

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Regular updates on cultural knowledge and information

Level 1

This is the introductory level. Tailored for students who have little to no experience in pasifika style dance.

Level 2

This level is for students who have some knowledge in pasifika style dancing or who have completed level 1 in previous terms.

Level 3

This skill level is reserved for people who have danced in this style before or who have completed level 2 in term 3.

Oceanic Dances

This course is for students who would like to learn a variety of Oceanic Cultural Dances at an introductory level. Students will learn basic movements and short routines from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands. Every two weeks a new dance style and routine will be introduced and taught. 

Gender: Female | Ages: 10+ | Term Length: 9 weeks
Price: $104.05
Instructor: Moemoana Schwenke

Level 1

 

Level one- Oceanic dance taught by Moemoana Schwenke

  • Minimum age 10 years.
  • Students will learn basic movements and short routines from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands. Every two weeks a new dance style and routine will be introduced and taught.
  • Participants must have had previous dance experience to keep up, or be motivated to learn quick.
  • This class is a great introduction to some of the oceanic cultural dance artforms.

Moemoana has lived in Tahiti and danced in Heiva cultural festival, also performing in the Cook Islands for Te maeva nui cultural festival with Manea Pacifica. Moemoana is also no stranger to performing in Samoa, for various shows, and she has been performing Tongan tau’olunga for over five years. Moemoana’s deep love for the Pacific is in infectious through dance.

  • There will be assessment of dance in week 9, whereby students will be required to send in routines via video for assessment. And quiz based on information obtained during course.
  • Certificate to be awarded on completion of course.

 

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Level 2

Level two- This course is for students who would like to learn a variety of Oceanic Cultural Dances at an introductory level. In the Oceanic Dance Course Level 2, students will learn:

 

  • Basic movements learnt in Oceanic Dance Level 1 in depth, as well as additional basic movements and techniques
  • 3 Oceanic cultural dances or arts including Siva Samoa, Cook Islands Ura and Ori Tahiti
  • Specific cultural or historical knowledge about each culture, dance techniques and performance expressions, as well as short choreography from each culture
  • About the different styles of Siva Samoa e.g. Taualuga or Mauluulu, Ori Tahiti e.g. Aparima or Otea and Cook Islands Ura e.g. Kaparima or Ura Pau. Along the way they will also understand the beautiful similarities and differences between the 3 cultural dances, and important values of these Oceanic cultures 
  • Moemoana’s lived experiences as a dancer in these specific Pacific islands adds depth to the students learning experience as she shares some of her knowledge of these Oceanic lands, and we hope students obtain the most they can from this course
  • In the term students will be required to attend a Zoom Session in Week 7, and will also be required to complete a quiz and video exam at the end of term to receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants must have had previous Pacific cultural dance experience or must have completed Level 1.

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Level 3

 

LEVEL THREE- This course is for students who would like to learn a variety of Oceanic Cultural Dances at an introductory level. In the Oceanic Dance Course Level 3, students will learn:

 

  • Basic movements learnt in Oceanic Dance Level 2 in depth, as well as additional basic movements and techniques
  • 3 Oceanic cultural dances or arts including Siva Samoa, Cook Islands Ura and Ori Tahiti
  • Specific cultural or historical knowledge about each culture, dance techniques and performance expressions, as well as short choreography from each culture
  • About the different styles of Siva Samoa e.g. Taualuga or Mauluulu, Ori Tahiti e.g. Aparima or Otea and Cook Islands Ura e.g. Kaparima or Ura Pau. Along the way they will also understand the beautiful similarities and differences between the 3 cultural dances, and important values of these Oceanic cultures 
  • Moemoana’s lived experiences as a dancer in these specific Pacific islands adds depth to the students learning experience as she shares some of her knowledge of these Oceanic lands, and we hope students obtain the most they can from this course
  • In the term students will be required to attend a Zoom Session in Week 7, and will also be required to complete a quiz and video exam at the end of term to receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants must have had previous Pacific cultural dance experience or must have completed Level 1.

 

ENROL IN THIS COURSE

Moemoana Schwenke

Siva Afi & Oceanic Instructor

Moemoana Schwenke has extensive experience with various Pacific cultural arts, locally and internationally. She has placed 1st runner up in the womens category for the 2019 World Fire-Knife Competition in Hawaii, she has participated in the 2017 Te Maeva Nui dance competition in Rarotonga, 2019 Heiva I Tahiti Festival representing legendary group O Tahiti E, 2019 Teuila Festival as a guest artist and much more.