ADF Showings at Scripps: 2911 Dance Company and Halau NaPualani Kuikanani


Saturday, March 9, 2024 @ 7pm

Registration is required! 

2911 Dance Company

2911 Dance Company is a performance-based professional dance company that has developed a few pieces in their repertoire and continues to create new works to perform all over NC and take to NYC this year. This informal showing provides an opportunity to give back to ADF and the community by performing our works-in-progress pieces. Audience members will enjoy contemporary-based pieces that tell stories and show raw emotion. Come join us in the experience!

Elise Janson has 25+ years of professional dance experience in NC and NYC. She holds three degrees, one of them in dance performance/education from ASU. Some of her training and performance experiences consist of, but are not limited to, Peridance, Alvin Ailey II, Cary Ballet, Infinity Ballet, ADF, Yin Yu, Jessica Lang, Alonzo King, NCDF, ShaLeigh Dance Works, High Point Ballet, Barry Kerollis, Sherone Price, and Tracy Durbin. She has been teaching for 15+ years and strives to create a positive learning and collaborative environment for her students. She directs the dance program at Longleaf School of the Arts. In the past five years, Miss Elise has developed her own professional dance company that travels all over NC and the surrounding region to give back to the community.

Halau NaPualani Kuikanani 

We are Hālau Nā Pualani Kūikanani, which translates to “school of the heavenly flowers standing in beauty.” We are a family owned and operated Polynesian School of Dance and performance group based in Durham, North Carolina, working to preserve Polynesian culture.

Our Kumu Hula (Hawaiian master teacher of hula) is Kau’i Dalire, Kumu of the worldwide Kūikanani Association. She is part of the 8th generation of Kumu Hula of the Dalire ‘ohana (family). She won Miss Aloha Hula at the Merrie Monarch competition in 1992. Merrie Monarch is the biggest hula competition in the world.

All serious students of any age, size, and ethnicity are welcome to learn dance, culture, language, and history with us. We welcome opportunities to perform our Polynesian dances (hula, Tahitian, Maori, and Samoan) to help educate the public about our Pacific Islander culture. Along with performing authentic dances accompanied by music in our native language, we share aloha spirit by bringing the spectators in as participants to teach them simple dance steps. The educational aspect of our dance practice is a part of our mission.

Photo by Gary & Sina Battles

For any questions, please contact Jennifer Scully-Thurston, jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org

Masking is strongly encouraged.

The ADF studio subsidy program is funded by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

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