Make plans now to participate in the 2015 Asia Pacific Dance Festival (APDF), a co-production of the East-West Center Arts Program and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College, in cooperation with the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance. APDF features outstanding dancers, critics, scholars and more from throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

APDFJuly 14–27, 2015
Kennedy Theatre
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Tickets are on sale NOW for these exciting Asia Pacific Dance Festival events. All performances will be held at the UHM Kennedy Theatre.

Living the Art of Hula

Thursday, July 16 • 7:30pm
A unique evening of performance and conversation, offering insight into various aspects of hula

Local Motion

Sunday, July 19 • 2:00pm
Featuring some of the finest dance practitioners from throughout the Hawaiian Islands, who exemplify the multicultural nature of our community


Thursday, July 23 • 7:30pm
An award-winning youth performing arts group from Okinawa, infusing a lively, contemporary style into traditional Okinawan folk arts, specializing in the dance-drumming art of eisa


Saturday, July 25 • 7:30pm
Sunday, July 26 • 2:00pm
Two entirely different programs, each featuring companies from Hawaiʻi, Asia, and across the Pacific: Ballet Philippines, Oceania Dance Theatre (University of the South Pacific, Fiji), and O‘ahu-based Hālau I Ka Wēkiu

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Intensive Courses and Workshops

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Summer Intensive Package

Tuesday, July 14 – Monday, July 27, 2015
The APDF Summer Intensive Package includes a combination of dance theory and studio practice-based courses. By taking advantage of Festival events, the expertise of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty, and guest artists and scholars during the 2015 APDF, students can earn 6 college credits.

The following are required courses and activities for the Summer Intensive Package:

  • DANCE 255 Dance in World Cultures: A survey of global perspectives and selected topics about dance focusing on the geographic areas represented by the guest artists and companies.
  • DANCE 459 Dance Technique: Hawaiʻi, the Philippines, and other regions of the Pacific: Students will learn techniques of indigenous, traditionally focused, or contemporary dances that are part of the repertoire and training of the guest companies and artists.
  • Attendance at all APDF concerts, forums, and events
  • Class visits to the Bishop Museum and the Prince Lot Hula Festival

To register for the Summer Intensive Package:

Students must first apply with the Outreach College. Registration information for 2015 Summer Intensive courses is available on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Summer Sessions website –


Special Opportunity for University Faculty, Teachers, and Professionals

Tuesday, July 14-Monday, July 27, 2015
Qualified individuals may register for a UH Outreach College Non-Credit offering that includes participation in DNCE 255 and 459 and related events (as described above). Individuals will have the opportunity to access campus libraries and resources, and to work with regular UH dance faculty and visiting instructors to develop meaningful ways to incorporate materials on dance in Asia and the Pacific into their own university – or college-level teaching or other activities.

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Dance Critics Workshop

Friday, July 24-Monday, July 27, 2015
A rare hands-on opportunity to work closely with two recognized dance critics to develop a written voice, experience the reality of writing to a deadline about kinds of dance new to you, and develop observation skills and the ability to write a concise, focused review.

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Mahalo to our sponsors

Asia Pacific Dance Festival is presented by the East-West Center Arts Program and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College, in cooperation with the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance.

APDF is sponsored in part by: Friends of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts,  The Hawaii Pacific Rim Society, Jean E. Rolles, The Arthur Goodfriend Intercultural Fund, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Aston Hotels and Resorts, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Philippine Airlines, Shangri La: Doris Duke Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures, UH Mānoa Center for Philippine Studies, UHM Student Activity Program Fee Board, and SEED Initiatives for Diversity, Equity, Access and Success