Carol Leogite, grew up on Raiatea, one of the most beautiful and sacred islands of French Polynesia better known as "Tahiti". Growing up, she discovered a passion for dancing, ironically started with hip hop and jazz, but ultimately she could not stray away from her Polynesian roots, therefore Tahitian Ori (dance) became her favorite and focus.
For the past six years, Carol has been performing professionally around the tri-state area with Makalina Abalos-Gallagher and Tamara Hernandez-Bejar in their performance groups Lei Pasifika and live band Tabu. She has performed at an array of public and private events including Mayor Bloomberg's Asian Heritage Fesitval at Gracie Mansion, the opening for the Arts and Dance of Oceainia at the Metropolitian Museum of Art, NYC Dance Parade and many more
In the last year, Carol has started choreographing her own pieces, maintaining traditional style while adding a touch of intercultural flair influenced by the diversity of New York City. Carol's dedication to Tahitian arts and culture is reflected not only in her dancing but also through her role as Tahitian costumes designer for their groups preserving the traditional look with a modern twist
Today Carl is proud to have become an ambassador for Tahiti by promoting and sharing the island spirit and knowledge of the beautiful exotic cultures of Polynesia as a Tahitian dance instuctor at Lotus Music and Dance, a cultural space preserving traditional dances in New York City.
Ongoing Classes Every Tuesday
*Membership is required for all class cards
Ori Tahiti Full Session
Ori Tahiti Partial Session
Ori Tahiti Single Class "Drop in"
Location: Pearl Studios - 500 8th Avenue Between 35th & 36th Street
This class will teach you the basic movements of Tahitian Ori (dance) with a concentration on the Tahitian Otea (rapid Tahtian dance style). Students will learn key steps and hand gestures performed to Tahitian drums and songs.