Asia Pacific Dance Festival Workshop

2022 Asia Pacific Dance Festival Workshop

August 1-14, 2022
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the East-West Center campuses

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival Workshop is a unique two week experience that gives participants an opportunity to expand their awareness and understanding by learning about specific cultures in Hawaiʻi, Asia, and Pacific through an embodied approach directly from renown native practitioners. As Na Mokupuni o Hawaiʻi Nei (the Hawaiian Islands) is the home of the Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiians), students will experience hula and Hawaiian culture as a way of life through its place-based context.

The 2022 Workshop will also feature native teachers from Cambodia and Palau. Since the Hawaiian Islands host Cambodian and Palauan diasporas, as part of the workshop participants will experience engagement with these local communities through community classes conducted by the visiting artists and field trips. The Workshop strives for holistic learning for participants that would encompass movement, music, history, language and cultural aspects that comes from and is situated in place and the lands in which these dance forms originate.

Included in APDF Workshop

  • Learn from native practitioners from Hawaiʻi, Cambodia, and Palau
  • Holistic approach to learning culture through movement, including providing historical and social contexts, language, films, and food
  • Participate in community classes
  • Field excursions around the island of Oʻahu
  • Talk Story Sessions (Series of conversations with community members, APDF alumni, and resident artists)
  • Participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Tickets to concerts: Local Motion!, ‘Ike Hana I, and ‘Ike Hana II at Kennedy Theatre
  • Opportunity to participate in the Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference August 12-14

Where: Honolulu, Hawaii

When: August 1 to August 14, 2022

Application Deadline: rolling deadline, limited space available

Registration Form:

Resident Dance Companies

  • Kilipohe Nā Lei Lehua from Hawai‘i
  • Sophiline Arts Ensemble from Cambodia
  • Palau Dancers from Palau

Resident Company Teachers

  • Liko Kalikokalehua Cooke
    • Kumu Hula for the hālau Kilipohe Nā Lei Lehua
    • Student of the late Leina‘ala Kalama Heine
  • Sky Kanoelani Gora
    • Kumu Hula for the hālau Kilipohe Nā Lei Lehua
    • Student of the late Leina‘ala Kalama Heine
  • Sophiline Cheam Shapiro
    • Executive and artistic director of Sophiline Arts Ensemble
    • Choreographer, dancer, producer
  • Jazzman Issac
    • Dancer and choreographer of Palauan dance

Registration Fees

  • Include lectures, studio technique and repertoire classes, tickets to performances, transportation to any required field trips, guest lectures, and special meals.
  • Fees
    • $600 for applications received by May 1 and paid by June 1, 2022
    • $750 for applications received by July 15 and paid by July 31, 2022
    • $500 for applications from alumni of previous APDF Intensives received and paid by August 1, 2022
    • $800 for all applications received after July 31, 2022

Mahalo for your interest in the 2022 Festival Workshop