Edita shares the spirit of Aloha with Hawaiian Hula dancing
Hawaiian Hula dancing might not be what you expect at Wesley School for Seniors, but each week Edita guides her eager students through the spiritual steps. Edita has loved Hula since learning it as a child, performed professionally and has been teaching at Wesley School for Seniors for four years. As part of our Lifehacks from the Learned series, she shares some top tips on the art.
With four generations of teachers in her family and a lifelong passion for Hula, becoming an instructor felt like a natural step for Edita—it was in her blood. It’s not just her students that benefit from the experience, Edita loves bringing out the best in people through passing on new skills and knowledge.
“Teaching gives me a feeling of self-fulfilment. It is a humbling experience,” she reflects.
Edita explains the power of Hula dancing to tell stories, express feelings and present narratives. When dancing, your hands tell the story while your legs and feet give rhythm and direction. The story tends to be illustrated with nature and its forces, be those forests and flowers or the sun and the waves.
“Dancing about nature is acknowledging and appreciating the basic source of human existence, paying homage to God in a way,” says Edita on why she loves the classes.
Hula keeps both your body and mind active. It’s particularly good for your memory as there’s so many different elements involved; the context of the story, the hand movements, the steps and lyrics—not to mention keeping in time with the rest of the class. It can be a relaxing experience as the Hawaiian music is often soulful and calming.
“Remarkably, it is perhaps the only folk dance that can interpret the lyrics of non-Hawaiian songs,” Edita tells us.
Hula dancing is one of the many classes held at Wesley School for Seniors. Find out more about the course and what else is on offer at Wesley School for Seniors.