Hula is the ancient Hawaiian oral tradition of storytelling, which develops listening skills, enhances verbal expression, increases comprehension, creates mental images, and highlights verbal reasoning.
Tiare's passion for making learning fun inspires her to design programs that develop sensory and visual learning skills by integrating cultural arts with subjects such as history, geography, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
As a certified Yoga Alliance RYT® teacher, Tiare can also integrate mindful movements of yoga into her programs. Like hula, yoga postures symbolize elements of nature, such as the lotus flower, trees, and animals. While hula is an ancient Hawaiian oral tradition of storytelling, yoga is more than 3,000 year old practice from India, steeped in the wisdom of combining the breath, mind and body, for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
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, emotions, and actions; and to recognize their true potential that resides within. Tiare's 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.
PROGRAMS PRE-K - GRADE 12
· In-class workshops
· Assembly Shows
· Dance/ Physical Education
· THE LANGUAGE OF HULA Students learn that hula is an ancient Hawaiian oral tradition of storytelling. They also learn about the culture, history, language and people of Hawai'i. Tiare demonstrates the different styles of hula, from ancient, to modern-traditional, to entertainment hula. Students participate with percussive implements, sing along, and dancing.
· LIVE IN HARMONY, - LIVE ALOHAThis program fosters cultural diversity and anti-bullying behavior. Hawai'i has the highest racial minority populations in the U.S.- and they all get along because of the Aloha Spirit. Students learn that the true meaning of Aloha is love, kindness, compassion, caring and respect. The Spirit of Aloha is a statute written into Hawaiian law, as the islands's moral code of conduct. "Aloha is Law!" For younger students, Tiare uses the storyline from the Disney film, "Moana", to teach the lessons that Maui the Demi-God learned, as consequences of his behavior, both good and bad.
· BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT OF ALOHAMindful hula movements and basic yoga postures teach students basic principles of gravity and motion. They also learn, "Where the breath goes, the mind follows, and where the mind goes, the body follows". The dance and movement sequences teach students that humans, plants and animals rely on the same elements of nature to grow and survive. Students learn the benefits and power of mindful thinking and mindful actions.
· PACIFIC ISLANDLEGENDS OF MAUI, THE DEMI-GODThe character of Maui, portrayed in the popular Disney film, "Moana", is an actual legendary demi-god of the Pacific Islands. Students learn more about the origins of the legend of Maui and Polynesian culture. Tiare will teach a dance to one of the songs from "Moana", in addition to dances from New Zealand and Tahiti, based on stories of wayfaring.
· COUNTING SEASHELLS BY THE SEASHORE“Pearly Shells” is a song that was made popular by Don Ho. Students are taught rhythmic counting and spatial positioning, using tiger cowrie shells as percussive dance implements. Younger students learn the dance while seated on the floor. Older students learn to add combinations and patterns of footwork while dancing with the seashells.
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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.
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"It is a pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Tiare [Kahana] Bourget. I have worked with her this school year in two different inter district programs that promote both diversity and the arts.
Her passion for the dance and teaching others is inspiring! I admire the commitment she has made to the children’s learning through the art of dance to all 150 students in my programs. Her passion and genuine concern and love for the children were ever present when teaching. She successfully weaves arts integrating in each lesson. Her gentle way of teaching commands attention from the students. I often heard her say that she learns from the student, which is a testimony to her humble spirit.
I feel she is a person of exceptional character and would be an asset if asked to join any organization."
-Lisa M. Finley, Former Inter District Educational Program Coordinator, L.E.A.R.N., May 31. 2017
"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, Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Coalition