About Teva Oriata
We are the dancers of the rain and clouds...
Teva is the name of the Tahitian chief foretold to be born in rain and wind. Where ever Teva went, so did the wind and the rain. Thus, the same applies to Oregon's only Tahitian dance troupe and it's dancers; we are the Tevas, people of the calming and graceful rain yet strong and moving wind.
Oriata is the dance of the clouds. From towering storm clouds to fluffy white zephyrs, the Pacific Northwest is constantly draped in the gorgeous grey, red, and orange coverings that keep our climate cool and green.
When Teva Oriata was founded in 2014, it was the only traditional pupu 'ori (Tahitian dance group) in Oregon. The large and diverse Oregon state was the only west coast state without a traditional pupu ori before then. Teva Oriata was created from Angie's dream to share her passion of the Tahitian culture (and overall Polynesian culture) to the pacific northwest. Polynesian dance carries mo'olelo (stories) and abundance of historical and current culture meant to be shared, perpetrated, and done so respectfully.
With the sounds of the pahu drums and toere, the students will learn the physically challenging yet elegant dances of Tahiti. Students will learn the art and culture through traditional costume making, immersion in the language, and the true sense of arofa. Arofa/Aloha is the Polynesian expression of love. The word is a way of life that encompasses the affection, respect, and love that we have for one another, and the goal is to instill these values into all of the students. Development of camaraderie and respect with their fellow dance feti'i (family) is inevitable and encouraged.
Through dedication and commitment, the dancers will gain strength, discipline, and confidence. Most of all, students will develop and share the same passion for what they work so hard and fondly at.
We are not a production company. Students will be taught traditionally, not expeditiously to force performing. Performances are encouraged, not required.
Tahitian dancing is a disciple and cultural experience but also a great workout, entertaining, and most of all fun! Haere mai! Come and join us.
Testimonials from dancers
I've been dancing consistently at Teva Oriata for the past 3 years, and its been so rewarding ever since! After moving to Portland from O'ahu, I quickly missed dancing and the community that comes with it. Angie, our owner and Ra'atira is such a kind and knowledgeable teacher, while understanding of the responsibility that comes with perpetuating cultural traditions.
Dancing Tahitian, Hula, Maori, and even Toa Fit classes have been a huge part of my emotional and physical health even at a distance during COVID-19. We have held live-streamed practices for the past year, while recently transitioning to a hybrid of virtual/in-person classes in 2021.
In addition to the continuing weekly classes, there is usually a rotating class every quarter, and in the past Angie has hosted many workshops from her own Ra'atira and friends for Tahitian drumming, solo prep, Siva, Ote'a, 'Aparima, etc.
I recommend checking out Teva Oriata if you're interested in learning or continuing Polynesian dancing! Even as the studio has moved to the west side of town, many of us east-siders and those in SW Washington still commute to Teva Oriata because it's so worth it!
My daughter loves her class and her teacher Angie! It's a great atmosphere and good people.
I'm simply honored to be a part of Teva Oriata. In just a few months, these women have become my dance family. Angie is a superb teacher, who so artfully and gracefully combines strength and beauty in her dance. Her inspiring passion for Polynesian culture feeds her endless patience and attention to her students of all ages. It is truly an experience; one I recommend for those new to dance and seasoned dancers alike. Mauruuru!
I am so happy I found Teva Oriata! Angie is such a great instructor. The classes are fun and challenging, prepare to get a great work out. Everyone is super welcoming and I felt right at home immediately. I would highly recommend trying out these classes or hiring the dance troupe for an event. They are such beautiful dancers that can compliment any event from weddings to corporate events.
Dancing with the ladies (and gentleman) of Teva Oriata is something I look forward to every week. From the very beginning everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. Moving to a new city can be scary and the sense of community I feel with T.O. is amazing. Angie is such a good teacher and a beautiful dancer. I'm so happy to be a part of Teva Oriata!