The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization where the world comes to dance. Led by Mahealani Uchiyama, as the artistic director and kumu hula, her vision is to provide a place where students of all ages and abilities can take part in multicultural dance experience through traditional training, lecture, demonstrations, performance opportunities and workshops with master teachers.
We approach dance as a manifestation of the human spirit, rather than merely a collection of movements. Our students are encouraged to explore and celebrate their cultural differences and common humanity.
She is the director of Hālau KaUaTuahine, an internationally recognized company of dancers and musicians who are dedicated to the perpetuation of the performing arts of Hawai’i and Tahiti. The hālau is is named after the gentle “sister” rain that falls in the valley of Mānoa in Honolulu. They have won numerous awards at the San Jose Tahiti Fete’, including top honors in the Drumming and Music Categories. They also perform internationally, having appeared in venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl, the Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Hālauaola of Maui, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, the Heiva celebrations of Tahiti French Polynesia and the National Museum of New Zealand.
The Center offers a beautiful, airy space in West Berkeley which features 1,750 square feet, the latest wood sprung floor and mirrors. There’s plenty of free parking, excellent light and a quiet and inspiring atmosphere. Safe and secure for evening classes and performances with a seating capacity of ninety. We are conveniently located with easy freeway access.