Calgary's Hawaiian Hula performance group specializing in traditional Hawaiian routines.
Founded in 2011, NalaniDance is the only Calgary-based Hawaiian performance arts group. Check out our For Hire page for information on booking us. We also offer weekly dance classes at a studio in the NE. Want more of a one-on-one class? We also offer private lessons.
Taraya Middleton is the owner and creative director of NalaniDance. She has been studying Hula since 2006, but has experience with Ballet, Jazz, Irish, Belly Dance, Bollywood, and Burlesque styles as well. She travels frequently to Hawai'i to study with master instructors known as Kumu. Taraya's Kumu are world renown cultural ambassadors for the state of Hawai'i.
Taraya was blessed with the Hawaiian name Nalani by Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i, a slack key guitarist who visited Calgary in 2012. Taraya had the honour to dance for him while he sang Hanalei Moon. His passing in early 2018 was felt deeply by many around the world.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada