2019 Festival Intensive

July 22 – August 4, 2019 • Honolulu, Hawai ʻi

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The Asia Pacific Dance Festival Intensive is committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, students, and professionals in dance-related fields.  APDF dance classes are developed based on its mission:

Because the values and belief systems of people are embedded in their dances, dance is an ideal window through which to expand our understandings of others and to gain insights into our own worldview and those of others. The Festival recognizes similarity and diversity, and honors the past, the present, and the future by enhancing exposure to, and understanding of, many of the rich forms of dance from Hawai ʻi, Asia and the Pacific.

Under the guidance of University of Hawai ʻi at Mānoa dance faculty, participants of the intensive are immersed in a unique two-week technical, artistic, and theoretical exploration of cultural dance that expands the mind, body, and spirit. The intensive offers a rare opportunity to study with renowned international professionals while moving and learning alongside like-minded dancers from across the globe.

Through technique and repertory classes by featured festival companies, participants embrace the physicality and artistry of distinct cultures, connecting movement to tradition, legacy, and values. Participants also enjoy journeying beyond movement through thoughtfully designed lectures and discussions that provide the insights that cultivate true understanding and growth as a dancer and human being.

In 2017 we welcomed over 75 dancers, artists, musicians, kumu, cultural practitioners, dance scholars and educators, and students during the Asia Pacific Dance Festival Intensive.

Join us in 2019 for two weeks in Honolulu, Hawai ʻi at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival with the leading choreographers and dancers of Hawai ʻi, Asia & the Pacific!

July 22 to August 4, 2019

Intensive Daily Schedule (Monday to Friday)
8:30 AM to 4 PM

Dance Company from Pacific/Pacific Rim

Dancers of Damelahamid
Joining as our Pacific/Pacific Rim artist is First Nations group Dancers of Damelahamid.  Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.  The Dancers of Damelahamid are a professional Aboriginal dance company from the northwest coast of British Columbia, The Gitxsan, ‘people of the river of mists’ are part of the coastal group of cultures that have the distinctive button blanket regalia.

Dance Company from Asia
ASK Dance Company
First formed in 1994 as the flagship feature of the Faculty of Dance, ASWARA, Malaysia’s university of the arts. It was a project-based collective of lecturers, graduates and outstanding students, established to promote local performances, artistry and champion a Malaysian identity in traditional and contemporary dance. This also provided an invaluable avenue to publicize the mission of the institution, its curriculum and exposure for its illustrious alumni and students. In 2011 the company separated from the University and became a professional company. It has since gone on to win numerous awards and tour throughout Asia and Europe.

Hula Halau Ka Noʻeau
Hula Hālau Ka Noʻeau has built its reputation on the philosophy and creed that the “Art of Hula” expresses all we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel.  The halau is guided by the belief that the best foundation in creating something new is a thorough understanding of the past.  The best environment in which to succeed is one which encourages discipline, commitment and creativity.  For twenty-five years Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau has strived to create a cultural learning environment.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Dance faculty
Kara Miller is a member of the dance faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she teaches field research methods, dance and performance studies theory, dance technique, and new media for dance. She performs and collaborates with dancers internationally, creating experimental installations, performances, and dance films. Her research and creative work have been presented internationally in Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and the Pacific. She has worked professionally in broadcast television and film.  A graduate in dance from The Juilliard School in New York, Kara earned an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis. Kara is the recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Research Fellowship and the Hawaii Pookela Award for Choreography.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Dance faculty
Amy Lynn Schiffner 
is a member of the dance faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she teaches pedagogy, theory and criticism, and dance technique. She earned the MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine, BFA in English Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential. Her primary research interests are in arts assessment, academic literacy, and arts curriculum development. A former scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School in New York, Schiffner has danced with companies in southern California, served as artistic assistant to renowned choreographer Donald McKayle, choreographed works showcased in a variety of venues, and was an invited guest speaker at the Annual California High School Summit.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Dance faculty

Peiling Kao, a Taiwanese choreographer, dance educator, and performer, is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Ma ̄ noa. Since moving to the US in 2007, she has been working with choreographers of different aesthetic frameworks, collaborating with interdisciplinary artists, performing and teaching nationally and internationally, and presenting original work via her company PEILING KAO DANCES. Her research and creative interests focus on movement improvisation, choreography, bicultural and hybrid movement, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


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Festival Intensive-Noncredit Option
The noncredit option includes all studio technique and repertoire classes, lectures, tickets to performances, transportation to any required field trips, guest lectures, and special meals.  All Intensive students will receive a certificate of completion. Many Intensive students have been able to take this experience back to their home institution and use it to meet the requirements of a credit course.

Festival Intensive Tuition for the Noncredit Option

  • $1000 for accepted applications which are received by October 15 and paid by November 1, 2018
  • $1200 for accepted applications which are received by January 15 paid by February 1, 2019
  • $1300 for accepted applications which are received by May 15 paid by June 1, 2019
  • $1500 for all applications received after June 1, 2019

All applications are subject to space availability

Academic Credit
Students interested in University of Hawaiʻi credit may enroll for 4 undergraduate or graduate level credits. If you want to enroll for University of Hawaiʻi credit, please contact University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa dance faculty Kara Jhalak Miller or Amy Schiffner at 808-956-2596 for more information regarding cost, additional Festival fees, and university enrollment.

Aloha and welcome to the 2019 Asia Pacific Dance Festival!