The Asia Pacific Dance Festival

It’s a dance festival that showcases the finest dances, dancers, and choreographers from Asia and the Pacific. From now until July 27, the public can enjoy performances and workshops as part of The Asia Pacific Dance Festival.


Centered on a series of performances, the Festival includes such complimentary activities as workshops, university course offerings, public lectures, forums, and community demonstrations. These activities foster diverse and dynamic types of interactions leading to opportunities for dialogue that increases cross-cultural understanding and respect.


Tickets for the Festival’s public performances at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa Kennedy Theatre are on sale now.


The schedule of performances are as follows:


Living the Art of Hula: Thursday, July 16 • 7:30 p.m.

A unique evening of performance and conversation, offering insight into various aspects of hula


Local Motion!: Sunday, July 19 • 2:00 p.m. (featured on Wake Up 2day)

Featuring some of the finest dance practitioners from throughout the Hawaiian Islands, who exemplify the multicultural nature of our community


Churasa: Thursday, July 23 • 7:30 p.m.

An award-winning youth performing arts group from Okinawa, infusing a lively, contemporary style into traditional Okinawan folk arts, specializing in the dance-drumming art of eisa


Stories: Saturday, July 25 • 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, July 26 • 2:00 p.m.

Two entirely different programs, each featuring Ballet Philippines, Oceania Dance Theatre (University of the South Pacific, Fiji), and O‘ahu-based Halau I Ka Wekiu


Tickets are available: online at, by phone at 944-2697, or at the Stan Sheriff Center and UH Manoa Campus Center box offices. Service charges apply.  Advance sales end 2 hours prior to the performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before performance begins. For more information, call 956-8246.


Courses and Workshops

  • Summer Intensive Package: The APDF Summer Intensive Package includes a combination of dance theory and studio practice-based courses. By taking advantage of Festival events, the expertise of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa faculty, and guest artists and scholars during the 2015 APDF, students can earn 6 college credits.
  • Special Opportunity for University Faculty, Teachers, and Professionals: Qualified individuals may register for the Summer Intensive Package on a noncredit basis. Individuals will have the opportunity to access campus libraries and resources, and to work with regular UH dance faculty and visiting instructors to develop meaningful ways to incorporate materials on dance in Asia and the Pacific into their own university- or college-level teaching or other activities.
  • Dance Critics Workshop: A rare hands-on opportunity to work closely with two recognized dance critics to develop a written voice, experience the reality of writing to a deadline about kinds of dance new to you, and develop observation skills and the ability to write a concise, focused review.


For more about the Festival, please visit

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