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)

 

Barbara

loha e komo mai !

OPENING HOURS

Community Center of LCF

Beginners:

TUESDAY'S 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Intermediate: 

WEDNESDAY'S  11am - 12pm

 

Sierra Madre Senior Center

Beginners: Tuesday's 10am - 11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADDRESS

Currently only ZOOM classes available

Will return to Community Centers after Covid Lockdown restrictions removed

Community Center of LCF

4469 Chevy Chase Drive

La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
alohaallure@gmail.com

818.790.4353 

instructor: Barbara

 

Sierra Madre Sr. Center

222 Sierra Madre Blvd,

Sierra Madre, CA 91024

626.355.7394

​instructor: Barbara

 

 

 

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