PROMOTING ART OF FIRE-KNIFE DANCING — FLAMING SWORD SHOWCASES TALENT
On Wednesday evening, October 23, 2013 the Flaming Sword of Samoa presented a wonderful showcase of talent with fire-knife dancers of all ages taking the stage at Tafuna High School gymnasium.
According to organizers, the purpose of the show, as well as goal of the Flaming Sword of Samoa group, is to promote the art of fire-knife dancing here in the territory, where it all began. It was the artistry of HC Olo Letuli, who first added flames to the knife dance, and it was he who left a rich legacy of Polynesian entertainment which was taken up by members of his family, including several of his children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The evening’s entertainment included a performance by 5th grader, Dayton Solitamali’i Iaulualo from Hawai’i, the 2013 World Junior Fire Knife Dance Champion, along with several other outstanding dancers. The evening’s entertainment, which was free and open to the public, included a siva Samoa by the ASCC Samoan Club.
The event was proudly sponsored and supported by the American Samoa Visitors Bureau and Pacific Energy, Ltd. along with the Flaming Sword of Samoa and Toa o le Afi groups.
The event successfully recruited more dancers, who were able to register at the front desk to join the Flaming Sword of Samoa & Toa O Le Afi schools, where they are offered free lessons by these organizations to keep the exciting art alive.
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