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Da Island Way is Living the Ohana Lifestyle as Concord's Premier Polynesian Dance and Music Studio

By Elisha Neubauer

Da Island Way Polynesian Dance and Music Studio focuses on one aspect: Ohana. The studio strives to maintain a very 'ohana' oriented atmosphere. "Ohana means family," says Evlyn Bustamante, Artistic Director. "Family and respect is a very significant part of the Tahitian culture. It is very important to us that we maintain this family like atmosphere in our studio." Bustamante explained that the family theme runs wild within the studio. Mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons all attend the studio to learn different aspects of the Polynesian dance and music.

The studio, which opened in 1993, is led by Bustamante, who has been dancing and teaching for over twenty-five years. Wanting to instill her love of the culture, dance, and music of the Tahitian people, Bustamante ensured that Da Island Way would offer classes for all levels of experience. The company offers beginner, intermediate, advanced, and competitive-professional Tahitian dance classes for a variety of ages, starting at age four. "Anyone who is open to learning, respecting the Tahitian culture, and is here for a fun time is welcome," Bustamante states.

The Bustamante family has been in the Concord area for quite a long time (since the 1980s) and have managed to bring that community dedication into the studio. "Da Island Way is proud to be from Concord, 'Where Families Come First,'" explains Bustamante. The studio performs at local senior homes and participates in the Food Bank of Solano & Contra Costa, Toys for Tots, & One Warm Coat throughout the year. "We have many families and children that are part of our studio and we instill that community service and respect is an important part of the Polynesian culture," she details.

The Concord-based studio entertains community members throughout the year by appearing in county fairs, corporate party luaus, private parties, weddings, birthdays and large events. There isn't an event they wouldn't do. Even on New Year's Eve, the studio offered an interesting take on the holiday.

They welcomed 2017 at Trader Vic's Restaurant in Emeryville. A champagne toast was included at midnight, as well. Other events include KidFest, the 4th of July Parade in Downtown Concord, Music and Market Series, and the Bay Area Aloha Festival. The studio also participates in several competitions throughout the year, including the Manahere I Ori Tahiti Solo Competition, the Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete, and the International Tahiti Ori Ito-Solo Competition.

For those looking to discover more information regarding the studio or are interested in booking the group for an event, an easy to use contact form is available on their website here:

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