Pasifika Education Centre offers first series of
Aotearoa’s oldest Pacific community education provider is offering its first series of Tongan tau’olunga classes on 21 and 28 November in Manukau. Tutor Christine Helu is looking forward to sharing her passion for Tongan dance with learners of all ages and backgrounds.
Christine Helu comes from a talented family, known for their contribution to Tongan arts. She was a dancer with the ‘Atenisi Foundation for Performing Arts in Tonga. She is New Zealand-born, proficient in the Tongan language and has links to Ha’apai and Nuku’alofa. She studied and lived in Tonga for ten years where she learned to dance and toured as a performer to main cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
Tau’olunga classes are an opportunity to increase the understanding of Tongan language and culture through performance.”
The classes are tailored for beginners to advanced dancers and are family-friendly.
The tau’olunga is an artform taught to young Tongan women to showcase restraint, grace and untouched beauty. Christine adds, “The benefits of being taught to tau’olunga is that women who command this skill can represent their family at significant events, which will result in them having more respect and higher regard within their family.”
ll classes are free. There will be a traditional Tongan ‘feast’ at the end of the tau’olunga series on November 28 that both the beginners and advanced classes can enjoy.
Saturdays, 21 and 28 November 2015
PEC’s Manukau Campus
17 Lambie Drive
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