Connecting the Body and Mind with the Spirit of Aloha
Making cultural and kinesthetic connections between hula and yoga is an amazing discovery that Tiare is excited about sharing with students of all ages.
Tiare's passion for making learning fun inspires her to design programs that develop sensory and visual learning skills by integrating the cultural arts of hula and yoga with subjects such as history, geography, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Hula is a tradition of song, chant, and dance, imbedded with the Hawaiian moral standards of Aloha. Yoga is not a religion, but ancient wisdom and science from India, based on connecting the body, mind and spirit to harness consciousness of one's personal potential. Both cultural practices foster love, peace, kindness, gratitude, respect, and living in harmony with all of nature.
Students are given the tools that they need to be mindful of their thoughts, their emotions, their actions and their true potential. Her objective is to instill passion for learning and personal growth, while planting seeds that will reap a bountiful harvest of healthier people and a healthier world.
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Comcast Newsmakers invited Rie Poirier, Executive Director of Hartford Performs, to talk about how powerful arts integration can be in engaging students in their learning.
"It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation on the outstanding quality of the performances by Teri “Tiare Kahana” Bourget and her dance troupe. Her performance of Polynesian dances on August 16, 2009 at the annual Dragon Boat Races and Asian Festival in downtown Hartford delighted thousands of attendees over the course of the 2-day event, young and old. Besides the entertainment aspect of her performances, [Tiare's] objective is to educate audiences about Hawaiian & Polynesian culture as well as promote the Aloha Spirit (expression of unconditional love and respect for all). She does this skillfully through interactive participation of the audience, engaging small children (age 2 and up) and adults in singing, dancing and playing rhythmic dance implements. Right from the start, she engages the audience in learning a few Hawaiian words and phrases. She then begins to educate/entertain the audience by explaining how each dance movement expresses a human quality. The native costumes and graceful dances make for a truly artistic presentation as well as a wonderful learning experience for all."
- George Jeong, Asian Pacific American Coalition of CT, Treasurer
(Thank you for these kind words, George!)
Tiare is honored and humbled to be on the rosters of teaching and performing artists for the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Arts for Learning of Connecticut and Hartford Performs. Her programs are enjoyed by students PreK-12, colleges, libraries, senior communities, and more.