University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the East-West Center campuses
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for information about our 2022 Festival Intensive.
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.