HULA DANCE. Dancers (from left) Marissa Radowick, Dee Juco and Flor Penner are a lovely sight to behold as they perform a hula dance to the tempo of the Filipino song, Dahil sa Iyo.
HULA DANCE. Dancers (from left) Marissa Radowick, Dee Juco and Flor Penner are a lovely sight to behold as they perform a hula dance to the tempo of the Filipino song, Dahil sa Iyo.

Flor Penner, coordinator of the PACCM Hula Dance Troupe, said hula dancing can make the dancer healthy in body and mind.

Penner cited the benefits of hula dancing as the Hula Dance Troupe prepared for the holding of the group’s luau party set at the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM) in the afternoon of April 20, 2013.

(The Filipino Star News mistakenly reported in the previous issue that the luau party will be held on April 10, 2013. The correct date is April 20, 2013. We apologize for the confusion caused by the error.)

Penner said that hula dancing is a good physical-fitness activity as it enhances metabolism and burns off excess calories.

The hula curriculum, she said, is prepared in such a way that it enhances “balance, confidence, coordination, discipline, flexibility, stamina and rhythm.”

Hula dancing, Penner said, is one way to keep the mind busy. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, and the devil’s name is Alzheimer,” she said, quoting a noted psychologist.

Penner, who has been dancing the hula for many years now, also said that hula classes can result in cultural enrichment as the students are exposed to the various cultures and traditions.

Meanwhile, PACCM President Becky Tungol said the luau party to be held on April 20 will mark the 10th anniversary of the hula dance class.

Tungol said that in the old days, the Hawaiian people held luau parties to celebrate auspicious occasions. A luau party was usually a fiesta with lots of food including roasted pigs, fun activities and hula dancing.

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Luau parties are still being held these days in Hawaii, drawing a lot of tourists, Tungol said.

The luau party at PACCM will start at 3:30 p.m., and the hula dance show will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 each for adults and $15 each for children who are 11-18 years old. Kids 10 years old and younger will be admitted free of charge. (See related ad-flyer in this issue.)

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund hula dance classes and workshops and implementation of the hula class projects. A portion of the fund raised will be allotted for NANAY-Michigan’s yearly flu-shot program that benefits mostly seniors.