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Traditional Music and Dance in Tahiti

Immerse yourself in the liveliness of authentic Tahitian culture.

Music and dance are hugely important to the Tahiti people. Enriched by European, Asian, and Pacific influences, the island’s cultural tapestry is rich, with a vibrant musical heritage. From the lively cadence of traditional songs during community celebrations to the profound resonance of spiritual chants during religious rituals, Tahiti’s culture is intricately woven with the harmony of music and dance.

Tahiti Heritage Culture

Dive deep into the heart of Tahiti’s vibrant culture. From fire-walking, iconic songs, and dances to tattooing, canoeing, weaving, and sculpture, there’s a wealth of experiences awaiting your exploration during your stay. Rest assured, we’re dedicated to ensuring you capture every essence of Tahiti’s valuable heritage. The knowledgeable guides at your luxury resort can take you through Tahiti’s cherished traditions and modern cultural expressions.


Ōteʻa dancing in Tahiti

The distinctive Tahitian dance, known as the ʻōteʻa, is characterized by its brisk tempo, together with the animated rhythm of drums – often the tariparau, fa’atete, and to’ere drums. Female dancers embody the essence of the dance with the notable move, the fa’arapu – this is the the swift circling of the hips that this dance is best known for.

Hura Dancing in French Polynesia

The Hura dance is popular across all the islands of French Polynesia. It’s a dance that’s characterized by its fluid and refined movements. These motions unfold alongside distinctive attire and vibrant embellishments like flowers, feathers, and headpieces.

In French Polynesia, the Hura dance finds its roots deeply entwined with the nation’s cultural legacy. It’s a deeply expressive tradition, meticulously choreographed with intricate steps and gestures, harmonizing with a distinct musical cadence carried forth by the pahu drum. Often, women drape themselves in traditional pareo skirts, passing down the traditional fashions to future generations.

The Hura graces celebrations around Bora Bora and Tahiti, from weddings and birthdays to festivals and exceptional occasions. Its significance holds immense pride within the islands, and its vivacity has ventured beyond borders, captivating audiences internationally. The Hura dance endures across the globe, inviting all to revel in its splendor.

Planning a journey to Tahiti and yearning for an authentic encounter with the Hura dance? Partake in live performances, immerse yourself in Polynesian dance lessons, or get involved in vibrant festivals and events. Numerous hotels and resorts curate traditional dance showcases, inviting guests to plunge head-first into Polynesian culture.

French Polynesia dancer

Music and Dance Festivals in Tahiti

The most famed festival in Tahiti, the annual Heiva i Tahiti festival is a grand celebration of Tahiti music, dance and culture. Rooted in the Tahitian term “Heiva,” a fusion of “hei” signifying assembly and “va” denoting community places, this festival is a celebration of life itself for all of Tahiti’s residents, and for the lucky guests that get to witness it.

This wonderful experience has been in existence since 1881, making it one of the oldest festivals in the world. Unveil the embodiment of Polynesian culture in all its glory, and witness cultural traditionas that are so greatly cherished by the participating individuals.

In the 19th century, Heiva was once a banned dance, as the initial English missionaries perceived these displays as an explicit form of indulgence, leading to their prohibition. Only in 1985, with French Polynesia’s attainment of political autonomy from France, did the resurgence of Heiva commence, leading to its revival.


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