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)



loha e komo mai !


In-Person Classes

Sierra Madre Senior Center

Beginners: Friday's 10am - 11am

Instructor - Malinda Leeka









Currently only ZOOM classes available

EVERY WED. 10am - 11:15am

Will return to LCF Community Centers after Covid Lockdown restrictions removed

Community Center of LCF

4469 Chevy Chase Drive

La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011


instructor: Barbara


Sierra Madre Sr. Center

222 Sierra Madre Blvd,

Sierra Madre, CA 91024


​instructor: Barbara




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