Sharing authentic Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance), music, language, art and the culture with communities across the Pacific Northwest.

History

est 2011

ORA NUI

Charlie O.
Executive Director

Growing up in a very artistic family it is no surprise that music became an outlet for Charlie. She has danced hula and ori tahiti since she was a little girl, enjoys a good jam session on the ukulele, guitar, or drums, and has even done a few musical plays. After graduating from the Art Institute of Portland with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, Charlie has helped her sister run Ora Nui. She's usually the one organizing the events, the paperwork, and the accounts, but still prefers to have her feet dancing across the studio floor every week.

Meet the Instructors

Roxie "Tevai" Gabriel
Founder & Ra'atira

Born to dance, Roxie Gabriel has been a pupil of Hula, Tahitian, Samoan and Maori dance styles since she was 6 years old. She has danced, trained, and competed in Hawaii under the direction of Aunty Tahia Parker with Marania Haoragi. After moving to Vancouver, WA, with Aunty Tahia's blessing, Roxie opened Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe and continues to share her knowledge and love of ori tahiti with the Northwest.

KatieShaye
Tamahine Instructor

Born and raised on Guam, KatieShaye has grown up experiencing the culture of many ethnic backgrounds of the Micronesian region. Having experience in Palauan dancing and impromptu hip hop, she's no stranger to dance. It wasn't until a year after her move to the PNW that she finally tried an Ori Tahiti class at Ora Nui. Fast forward to 5 years later, she's become an instructor for Ora Nui's tamahine class. Since starting with Ora Nui, she's developed the love and passion for Ori Tahiti. Even if she comes from a different region in the Pacific, Ori became her way of connecting back to her homeland.

Mika
Vahine Instructor

Daughter to Ra'atira Roxie, it is no surprise Mika learned to dance before she could walk. Growing up in Hawai'i she has been dancing Ori Tahiti since she was 2 years old, following her mom and dance aunties around the studio floor. Her love of Ori has lead her heart, and her feet since. ​Following in her mom's footsteps, Mika is trained in Ori Tahiti, Hula, Siva Samoa, and the Taiaha of Aotearoa. Her love for her culture, and those she has adopted as her own, run deep.

Maka'ala
Tane Instructor

Born in Portland, Oregon but raised on the island of Kaua'i, Hawai'i. At 6 years old Maka'ala attended Ori Uvira Tahitian School of Dance where he competed and won as a solo dancer, and was part of the overall winning troupe at Heiva I Kaua'i. He is currently studying Ori Tahiti under the direction of Nicolas Kaneakua of Hawai'i, Ra'atira of Ori Uvira. Maka'ala (with the blessing of Ra'atira Nick) will be sharing his knowledge of Ori Tahiti and teaching Ora Nui's Tane (men) class.

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Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe | 1700 Broadway St, Vancouver, WA 98663 | (360) 991-8548