Tahitian Dance Terms

 

 

These definitions are to the best of my knowledge – if you are aware of more terms or corrections needed please let me know in comments at the bottom of the page. Thank you!

 

*Afata - box (hips hit in the shape of a box)

 

*Ami - Circle 

 

*Fa'arapu - fast circles

 

*Fa'arori – (varu fa'arapu) do a fa'arapu in the shape of a figure eight

 

*Fa'amenemene – (ami fa'arapu) a fa'arapu and at the same time – shifting your weight from one leg to the other so you make a Large circle with your lower body. An Ami within an ami.

 

*Huri - A command to turn, typically always to the right

 

*I Mua- A command to move forward

 

*I Raro - A command to go down

 

*Ope - one leg out at an angle, weight on back leg – push hip up and around

 

*Ruru - shimmy

 

*Nu'utere Ne'e- duck walk

 

*Ta’iri*Ta’iri – Double Bump

 

*Tiare – (flower) same as Ope

 

*Tamau - hips bump from side to side

 

*Te'I - on toes

 

*Toma- double bump

 

*Varu- figure eight -hips move in the shape of number eight the in parallel to the floor – starting with front corner.