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Help Aveia Contemporary Polynesian Dance perform in New York. Your help will allow Aveia to perpetuate their under represented cultural dances and traditions.
Anthony Aiu
New York City, New York
United States
2 Team Members

Our Story

`AVEI`A, a contemporary Polynesian dance company, created in 2008 by Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Aiu, is a platform for preserving Polynesian cultural heritage and dances through the creation of new dances in traditional form and structure, and to choreograph contemporary works that draw on the rich and abundant inspiration found in these native traditions.  

On May 17, 2014 Aveia will participate alongside thousands of other cultural dancers and receive broader exposure in this years televised Dance Parade in New York City.  Hundreds of dance groups will be viewed by millions of people as they dance down Broadway.  This campaign is important to us because it will help establish a voice for Polynesian cultural heritage in mainstream contemporary dance, and contribute a unique perspective to the dance world from a deep and untouched, influential society.  

We are engaging in community outreach to spread the influence of these island people in hopes to build stronger, unified and informed communities, raise awareness and advocate for tolerance, and encourage progression through cross-cultural communication.  

These indigenous cultural dances are highly under represented in New York City and often misunderstood.  Even the pure and exquisite spoken languages of these islands, are in danger of becoming extinct. Our campaign is to raise funds that will cover production costs including: registration and participation fees, securing a float and reliable sound system, rehearsal studio rental, promotional items, and traditional costumes.  This year we’d like to include members from our community outreach. 

Costuming is expensive and time consuming, your donations will aid in purchasing and shipping of authentic costume materials like hau (grass) skirts, shells, coconut bark, mother of pearl shells, and feathers, for additional handcrafted costumes to be made. You will make it possible for additional members from our community to participate and represent these countries well.   

Your immediate contribution will help make all this a reality!

What We Need Your Help With

The total amount needed is $7655.92.  Below is a carefully calculated list of fees, studio costs, float vehicle rental, and items needed for the additional dancers’ costumes.

  • Registration Fee
  • Vehicle Registration Fee
  • Parade Float Vehicle
  • Sound System
  • Studio Rentals 
  • Costume Materials and shipping (Natural hau fiber skirts, i’i’s, hau tassels, mother of Pearl Shells, cowry shells, Feathers for headdresses and hip bands, visors for headdresses, velcro, thread, plumeria leis, Tahitian Flags, conch shells
  • Promotional Materials

The Impact

Your contribution will directly influence the campaign.  Not only will you help Aveia dance down broadway in style and build the Polynesian audience in NYC, you will allow people to learn and experience a new cultural dance form and help expand a company that houses these unique and rare indigenous forms thus contributing to American contemporary dance.  With your help, we will be able to create riveting and moving dance works that teach and engage, with greater production value.  Aveia is still a young dance group and needs your help to grow.  The company has performed at numerous venues throughout the New York tri-state area since 2008 and has been delightedly received by all audiences.  We hope to continue to grow and with your help and donations, we will be able to change our communities for the better through new and innovative work that is tied to ancient cultural tradition.


Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not in a position to contribute monetarily, we are grateful for your desire to help build us.  Some other ways you can help include:

  • Sharing our campaign with friends, family, and other enthusiasts.  Help us make some noise!
  • Use Indiegogo share tools to post our campaign on your social networks.
  • Volunteer to help in our productions.

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This campaign ended on March 31, 2014
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  • $10USD

    In Tahitian dance, the “tamau” is the most basic step that all others build upon, it’s simple, but absolutely essential. For your contribution we say “Mauruuru Roa!” or “Thank you!”, with a hand written note of appreciation along with a professionally photographed company performance photo. We will also include your name in the “Friends of Aveia - Tamau” section of our printed programs.

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  • $25USD

    The “pa’oti” is an exciting men’s step characterized by rapid opening and closing of the knees, or “scissoring” of the legs. We would love to offer you an autographed, professionally photographed poster of one of our dancers. We will also gladly include your name in the “Friends of Aveia - Pa’oti” section of our printed programs.

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  • $50USD

    The Ote’a is the most widely known, fast-paced, Tahitian group dance accompanied by a thrilling drum orchestra. For your generosity we will happily send you a DVD of our performance. Your name will also be included in our printed programs in the “Friends of Aveia - Ote’a” section.

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  • $100USD

    The word “Ora” is Tahitian for life. The life of the Polynesian people is perpetuated through song and dance. For your gift, we eagerly offer you a complimentary dance class, whether in person if you’re in the NY state area, or online otherwise. Your name will be recorded in the Friends of Aveia - Ora” section of our printed programs.

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  • $500USD

    More commonly known as a “sarong”, “pareu” is the word Tahitians use for this multifaceted cloth. It has become a recognized symbol of Polynesia. For your generous contribution we’d like to offer all the gifts as the Tamau, Paoti, Otea, and Ora, plus a pareu and shell lei to wear at you next class. You name will be listed in the “Friends of Aveia - Pareu” section of our printed programs and also on our company website.

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  • $1,000USD

    "Pahu arata’i” is the lead drum in a Tahitian drum orchestra. It's the heartbeat. For your contribution we provide access to online instructional videos. Send a video of you dancing and receive a critique. You receive the same percs as the Tamau, Paoti, Otea, Ora, and Pareu and your name in our programs and on our website.

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