I’m Barbara Dempsey, a former professional Polynesian dancer for over 16 years.
During my younger years (age 19-35) I performed regularly at such venues as Don the Beachcombers, Tropicana Hotel-Las Vegas & The Harrah’s Marina Hotel-Atlantic City, with the Okalani Polynesian Revue, eventually branching off, along with my sister Kathy and friend Lyn-Del Pederson forming “Mainland Paradise” and later, Kon Tiki Productions. During this same time (1979-1984) I also taught hula-fitness classes at Los Angeles City College during the summer sessions.
My Polynesian dance study's were with Karoun Tootikian - former foundation leader for the Ruth St Denis Dance Company, Jane Oka, Tevahini Blake, June Kehaulani Rust, Jack Kinneer & Ken K. Sakata. Current on-going studies with Kumu Mahealani Harder.
I retired from dance to pursue other passions - film, music, and my family.
In my mid-50’s, I had knee surgery for a torn medial meniscus and I suffered extreme lower back pain due to arthritis / degenerated discs. Foregoing physical therapy, I decided to get back to what I loved most, returning to Polynesian dance to rehabilitate my back and knee.
I began exercising and incorporating the Polynesian dance moves to my daily workout routine.It was during this ongoing recovery period that I decided to make the return to dance & fitness official. My orthopedic surgeon was astonished at my remarkably quick recovery and confessed that he never had a patient my age recover so quickly! And my back pain is non-existant!!!
In 2010, I became a certified Hot Hula instructor and started concentrating more on senoir fitness in 2012. I discovered that older women were discouraged by the intense fast pace of normal workouts so I paird up with physical therapist Wesley Chun and developed an intnese "low-impact" program that appealed to mature women as well as the younger women. 2016 I broke my knee cap and continued teaching hula fitness through recovery as my rehab program.
I have dedicated myself to sharing my knowledge of Polynesian dance, fitness and physical rehab with women of all ages while speciallizing in the fabulous 50 & above ages. .
Aloha Allure Polynesian Dance is a fun and sexy way back to health & fitness!
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to meeting you in class or on-line!
With warmest aloha and good health wishes,
Mahalo a hui hou kakou (Thank you - until we meet again)