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Thursday. 8:15 p.m. The girls are in full sweat mode. Droplets form on foreheads and shoulders as they repeat their dance routines. Endlessly undulating to the sharp taps of to'ere drums and the thumps of the bass drums. All in sync, all become one. Sound, movement, lyrics.

But not quite there, yet. Not by Lau'ae Pedersen standards. The Chief Instructor now stands on a chair braced against the middle of the rear wall and peers with focused stares at sections of the group as they move through their numbers. Tahitian, Hula and Samoan dances have been performed constantly every week for the past six months.

Muscle memory has now been assimilated. Now it's how much sweat is spent. This is what now embeds all movement, lyrics and understanding of the songs and culture into their bones, their aura when they just dance.

Saturday, August 16, 2014. This date will mark the 6th Annual Ho'ike of the Aloha Hula Studio in Granada Hills. This year's performance will be held at the prestigious, Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University at Northridge.

The growth of this halau, dance studio, is measured by the venues in which it has performed its recitals: from middle school auditoriums to high school auditoriums, to the Anson Ford Outdoor Theatre, to the historic Orpheum Theatre and now, the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, which has featured world class musicians, singers and play productions. The Aloha Hula Studio of Granada Hills takes its turn on stage this Saturday.

There are still some tickets available for balcony seating and can be purchased at the box office. This is an event to be experienced. A Polynesian kaleidoscope of dance and song that invites you with open arms and takes you on a cultural canoe ride through tropical islands. The dancers will charm you and the evening becomes an enchanting, tropical reverie.

Come see the results of what hard work, dedication and perseverance can produce.

What sweat and tears can grow into, from tiny seeds of desire.

Aloha Hula Studio 6th Annual Ho'ike, Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff Street (CSUN Campus), Northridge, California 91330, Ticket Office open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue-Sat, 818 617 3000

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m. doors open, Showtime at 6:00 p.m.

www.aloha-hulastudio.com, 818 535 5207

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