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May Workshops

Multiple Workshops over 2 days
Lakeshore Park - Novi, MI



AAPI Month Workshops

In celebration of AAPI (Asian and Pacific Islanders) month, PAACOM proudly presents a weekend full of Tahitian Dance & Drumming and Samoan Dance workshops!

Nico San Nicolas and Jacinta Ma’ae are back for another round of amazing workshops. New this year - PAACOM’s very own Tulutuluimoana Cox will be teaching a very special Siva Samoa on Sunday. You won’t want to miss out!


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This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts & the City of Novi. Supported in part by a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


All dance workshops are priced at $55 each. Private sessions are available in limited quantites for $95.

This year we are also offering a FREE workshop for kids 12 and under. To sign your kids up for this amazing opportunity please click here.


Our workshops are designed to be accessible to all ages and all skill levels.


Saturday, May 4, 2024
9:30am - 11:30am 'Ori Basics
11:30am - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 2:30pm Aparima Workshop
2:30pm - 4:00pm Tahitian Drumming 101
4:00pm - 5:30pm Tahitian Drumming 102
5:30pm - 6:30pm Kids 'Ori Workshop*
6:30pm - 8:90pm Potluck & Fun
Sunday, May 5, 2024
9:00am - 10:15am Siva Afi
10:15am - 12:15pm Siva Samoa
12:15pm - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:15pm - 3:15pm Ote'a Workshop**
3:15pm - 5:00pm Private Lessons

* PAACOM is proud to offer the Kids ‘Ori Workshop free of charge. Limited quantities available.
** Drummers that participated in the 101 workshop are welcome to come watch the ote’a workshop to see what you’ve learned in action.

Material Pre-order

Available for pre-order are a To’ere stick and a green pareo stamped with the Great Lakes Polyneisa logo. These items are handmade, so pre-orders will be closed on April 14, 2024 to allow time for them to be produced.

To’ere Stick - $60

Handmade katalox to’ere stick, approximately 16-17” length. to'ere stick

Stamped Pareo - $20 Adult, $15 Kids

Black or Kelly green pareo stamped with light color logo. Adult Size 72” x 22.5”, Kids Size 45” x 18”. Choose your color during checkout. pareo

Click Here to Preorder materials

For more information on this event, please see our dedicated workshop website at Great Lakes Polyneisa.