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Angela Dewey (l) and
Amy Stillman (r)
Photo by LuAnne Kozma

Amy Ku'Uleialoha Stillman and Angela Dewey
2009 master artist and apprentice
Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Amy Stillman learned hula dancing as a child in her native Hawai’i. Now a professor at University of Michigan, she is known for her research and publications on the history of Hawaiian music and dance, specifically on hula. While at University of Hawai’i she studied how to chant (oli) and dance ancient hula (hula kahiko) from master dancers. Amy turned again to performance and teaching when she came to Ann Arbor and discovered there was great interest among dancers and few opportunities to teach advanced students. In 2007 she founded the Great Lakes Hula Academy. Apprentice Angela Dewey, a first-generation Polynesian-American, began dancing hula at age five, and performed hula while growing up in Utah. She has taught beginning hula classes in Ann Arbor. Angela is learning Hole Waimea and other hula chanting and dances from Amy and hopes to pass on the tradition to her daughter and others.

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