Tongan Courses
Learn dance styles from the Kingdom of Tonga. The courses from Tonga include Tongan Tau’olunga Open Age Beginners and Senior Intermediate. Students learn how to perform an entire tau’olunga, as well as cultural information about Tonga.

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.

Tonga Tau’olunga - Beginners

Students will learn about Tongan culture through Faiva (dance) in particular a Tau’olunga will be taught, as well as teaching and refining technique. Our Tongan department is run by two passionate teachers Lesieli Emelio and Elain Middleton.

Gender: Female | Ages: 4-13 yrs | Term Length: 9 weeks
Price: $104.05
Instructor: Elain Middleton

Level 1

 

Tau’olunga Level one- Beginners– Taught by Elain Middleton

Students learn a tau’olunga that can be performed at an event, as well as cultural knowledge which includes geography, traditional costumes, traditional food, traditional items and iconic Tongans and more. Students also learn basic Tongan words.

 

Level 2

Level Two- Juniors (4 years to 13 years)– For students who completed Level One beginners. Students will learn a Tau’olunga and cultural knowledge which includes Social Hierarchy, Cultural protocols, costume making, sustainable practises and more.

 

This level is for junior beginners ages 4- 13 years. For students ages 14+ please enrol in Level 2- Beginners/Intermediate Open age course with Lesieli Emelio below.

 

Elain Teresa Middleton

Tongan Beginners Instructor

I started dancing when I was able to stand, I was put on the floor to dance around for the family and continued from there in the Tokaikolo Christian Church.

Tonga Tau’olunga - Intermediate

Students will learn about Tongan culture through Faiva (dance) in particular a Tau’olunga will be taught, as well as teaching and refining technique. Our Tongan department is run by two passionate teachers Lesieli Emelio and Elain Middleton.

Gender: Female | Ages: 14+ yrs | Term Length: 9 weeks
Price: $104.05

Instructor: Lesieli Emelio

Level 1

 

Tau’olunga Level one– intermediate taught by Lesieli Emelio

This course is for students with Tau’olunga experience or who have completed beginners course level one. Students will learn a Tau’olunga, perfecting techniques and cultural knowledge which includes geography, Traditional costumes, traditional food, traditional items and iconic Tongans and more.

 

Level 2

This level is for students who have completed level one beginners or who have experience in Tongan faiva (dance), this level is also for older students from 14 years plus.

 

Lesieli Toumoua Emelio

Tongan Intermediate Instructor

Lesieli started dancing when she was aged four at Tongan functions, Tongan united church and Siasi Tonga Tau’ataina. She was taught by Punake Sione Vatuvei.

Tongan Language Course

Taught by Fine Taulanga Rosen- Tongan Language Course will be live zoom sessions.

JUNIORS – Tutor North Carolina

  • N.C. 7pm – 8pm EST (FRI)
  • SYD 11am – 12am AEDT (SAT)
  • LAX 4pm – 5pm. PST (FRI)

INTERMEDIATE/SENIOR Tutor – North Carolina

  • N.C. 8.30pm – 9.30pm EST (FRI)
  • SYD 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT (SAT)
  • LAX. 5.30pm – 6.30pm PST (FRI)

Gender: All | Ages: All | Term Length: 9 weeks
Price: $104.05

Instructor: Fine Rosen

Fine Taulanga Rosen

Tongan Language Instructor

Fine Taulanga Rosen was born and raised in The Kingdom of Tonga. Specifically living on the islands of ‘Eua and Tongatapu. Fine has an Associate’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Trident Technical College in South Carolina, USA. Growing up in a family that respected the Tongan traditions and culture.