ORIENTATION WEEK 1

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URA STANCE 

  • Are my feet parallel & together?

  • Are my knees together?​

  • Are my hips in line with shoulders?

  • Is my back straight?

  • Do I have posture? (chest up)

  • Are my shoulder blades pulled back?

  • Is my chin up?

  • Do I have slight bend in knees? (not to the point you are causing strain in your thighs)

URA PENU

  • URA PENU

  • The Ura Penu section is only showcased via an International Cook Islands Dance Competition where competitors are required to showcase abilities without the enhancement of a costume

  • Dancers must wear a flat tie cotton or rayon pareu (sarong). Any other fabrics used or use of a hip band results in immediate disqualification. This is so that judges are able to view dancer's true and genuine technical abilities

  • Dancers also freestyle this section and beats are played at random. The focus is to see how a dancer can adapt hip movements and techniques to varied beats. Ura Marie and Ura Viviki techniques must be showcased during the Ura Penu.

  • Props may be used to enhance performance

USE OF ARMS/HANDS

  • Are my elbows above my chest?

  • Are my elbows away from my body?

  • Are my hands and fingers open?

  • For firm movements are my wrists strong?

  • For flexible movements are my wrists and fingers relaxed with strength in upper arms?

URA MARIE & URA VIVIKI

Ura - Dance

Marie - Slow

Viviki - Fast

= Slow Dance & Fast Dance

 

URA MARIE

  • Slow Dance

  • Ura marie techniques are used in the Kapa Rima (Action song)

  • Hip movements are slow

  • In a Cook Islands Dance Competition Ura Marie is showcased in the "Slow Beat" Section and consists of performer presenting a kapa rima (song) and a slow ura pa'u (drum dance) in a full traditional costume with short kiriau (skirt). Dancer is required to  express story of song and connect the slow drum beat using movements and ura marie techniques. Main focus is on how the actions suit the story eg graceful movements for a love song OR sharp movements for a song based on a warrior

URA VIVIKI

  • Fast Dance

  • Ura viviki techniques are used in the Ura Pa'u (Drum dance)

  • Hip movements are fast

  • In a Cook Islands Dance Competition Ura Viviki is showcased in the "Fast Beat" Section and consists of performer presenting a routine to the ura pa'u (drum dance) in a full traditional costume with long kiriau (skirt). Dancer is required to dance with fast hip movement from start to finish whilst incorporating techniques. Main focus is on a dancer's stamina and how fast and how consistent hip movement is.

Ura Marie (Slow Dance) Techniques

TAIRI SORRO DEMO
 

TAIRI SORRO EXECUTE *RECORD*

TAIRI TERE EXECUTE *RECORD*

TAIRI TERE TITOKO EXECUTE *RECORD*

Ura Viviki (Fast Dance) Techniques


SWING & TRAVEL
 


SWING & TRAVEL ON TOE
 


SWING SOLO
 


SWING SOLO
 

RORA DEMO
 

RORA TIPS
 

RORA 1.1 FEET APART *RECORD*

RORA 1.2 FEET TOGETHER *RECORD*


ROLL DEMO
 


ROLL TIPS
 


ROLL 1.1
 


ROLL 1.2
 

RORA 2.1 FEET APART *RECORD*

RORA 2.2 FEET TOGETHER *RECORD*


ROLL 2.1
 


ROLL 2.2
 

INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS ADDITIONAL TECHNIQUES

Ura Marie (Slow Dance) Techniques

RORE TITOKO 
DEMO

RORE TITOKO
*RECORD*