Haka Workshop - Learn Haka in LA
This is a rare opportunity to learn haka right here in LA.
Haka is the dance of the Maori people of New Zealand, made famous by the All Blacks. Voice, body, facial expression, action, movement all come together in a powerful, purposeful expression!
Through our workshop you will explore how to connect with your personal power/ authenticity (mana), connect to others to create unity (whanau), and connect to a collective higher purpose (kaupapa). Through haka you will explore mind, body, posture, action, voice, breath and spirit in a personal and communal sense.
Performing haka well is not easy. It means letting go of inhibitions, putting ego aside and being vulnerable and authentic. In doing so we can connect with our personal power, ignite the spark within and unleash ourselves. This in turns builds confidence, self belief and the ability to communicate, work with and lead others.
Please note: This workshop is suitable for beginners. Course designed for adult learners.
WHAT YOU WILL GET FROM THE WORKSHOP:
Knowledge of the history of haka and its traditional and modern-day application
An introduction to certain aspects of Maori cultural values
Have learnt and performed haka
Explore personal expression through body movement, facial expressions and posture
Express power through voice and breath
Connect to and share your authentic self
Karl Burrows is the founder of Haka Works and has been teaching haka around the world for the last 15 years. He also runs Manaia, a Maori Performing Arts company based here in London. Karl’s love of haka stems from learning old chants and haka from his time at home in Taranaki. Haka was always a way to connect to identity, to ancestors and bring people together, unite them in the common cause of a brighter future.
Karl has a legal background having worked as a lawyer in New Zealand and London. He was a negotiator for his tribe and helped settle its claim against the NZ Government. Karl is of Maori descent through his mother from the Ngati Maru and Te Ati Awa tribes of Taranaki and of British heritage through his father.
Amelia Butler is an indigenous Māori performer, dancer and choreographer from New Zealand. She has been teaching and performing dance on an international level for over 20 years. Amelia moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in dance and has worked as a professional dancer in the LA entertainment industry. She founded and leads Los Angeles based traditional Māori performance group, Nga Anahera Māori and teaches the Māori language via video chat through her company, Learn Māori Abroad. Amelia’s tribal affiliations are Ngatiwai, Ngapuhi and Ngatiawa. She is proud to share her culture here in the US.