TE 'ORI ORA SEATTLE
Te ‘Ori Ora Seattle is the first event of its kind to take place in the Pacific Northwest: a Tahitian dance competition and workshop series that celebrates the ancestral dance practice from the center of Polynesia. Hosted by local pupu ‘ori (dance group) Huraiti Mana and in partnership with Te ‘Ori Ora based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, we invite all pupu ‘ori across Washington, the Pacific Northwest, United States and International groups to join us for our inaugural event. Joining us is renowned drummer Kristopher Lee leading our House Orchestra! We aim to contribute to the artistic landscape of the ‘Ori Tahiti community in Seattle and find connection in our shared responsibility toward and perpetuation of Tahitian culture.
Saturday, August 26 will be a day of workshops where our judges Tiana Liufau, Matatini Mou, and Manouche Lehartel share knowledge of traditional and modern practices prior to the competition, including a panel discussion with judges exclusively for ra’atira. The following day, Sunday, August 27 will be a day of competition featuring an exhibition category for toddlers 2-4 years old, various solo categories ages 5+, and small group categories ages 14+ featuring a minimum 5 and maximum 10 dancers. The grand prizes of the competition includes three free flights to Tahiti via French Bee Airlines and qualified entrance to compete in the ‘Ori Tahiti World Championship.