By Heather Madsen
One of the most beautiful things about our country is the diverse array of people and cultures that find a home here. We are truly a melting pot of so many different beautiful traditions, customs, and histories. Here in Utah there is a small but growing community of people who come from countries and islands in the South Pacific. We typically group these cultures under the singular title of Polynesian, but each community under that umbrella term has something special and completely unique to share. Luckily for us Utahns, Siva Pasefika, a Pacific-style dance school based in St. George, is hosting the Spirit of Polynesia show to highlight the different dances, food, and music of each of those separate cultures.
Immerse yourself in a journey through the pacific as you watch these skilled dancers perform the traditional dances from each island. Relax to the graceful Hawaiian Hula, get your blood pumping along with the Maori haka, and be braced on the edge of your seat during the Samoan fireknife! Enjoy all of these dances and more while also sampling island barbeque plates, catered by Pineapple Express. It’s a night filled with beauty, skill, passion, and delicious food that you don’t want to miss.
Performances will be held at the Mid Valley Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville on September 30th and October 1st. This event is suitable for all ages, so bring your kids and friends and enjoy what is being called “Zion’s only authentic luau dinner and show.” It’s a cultural experience you’d typically have to travel overseas for, so don’t delay–get your tickets now while they’re still available!
VIP tickets with preferred seating and buffet style dinner are available for an additional cost.Find tickets and more information at saltlakecountyarts.org/events/the-spirit-of-polynesia/.