MAKUTU’S ISLAND OFFERS
POLYNESIAN DANCING FOR CHILDREN
CHANDLER, ARIZ. -- Makutu’s (Ma-coo-two’s) Island, one of Arizona’s largest indoor play places, announces the return of “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” a hands-on discovery into the world of Polynesian music, instruments and dance. Makutu’s is a lush, tropical indoor “island” with a roaring waterfall, towering trees, exhilarating slides and mysterious caves -- a perfect way to beat the Arizona summer heat.
Designed for children from three to 13, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” is an interactive introduction into all forms of Polynesian dancing and is now underway in the Jungle Jamboree Theatre at no additional cost to Makutu’s guests. Island dancing classes are 15 minutes in length and run at various times throughout the day.
Designed for both boys and girls, specific classes include Tongan drumming, Hawaiian Hula, Maori (New Zealand) Haka Warrior Chants, Samoan Mosquito Slap Dances, Fijian Stomping Tubes, Hawaiian Ule Ule rattle dances; Maori action dances/ Poi Balls, Tahitian tassel dances, and Hawaiian bamboo rhythm sticks.
Children are invited to “dress up” in a collection of Makutu’s Island costumes during class sessions including native Maori headbands and sashes, and Hawaiian grass skirts and flower leis. Authentic island instruments are available for children to discover before and after each session, with Makutu’s staff on hand to explain each instrument’s origin and use. Classes vary each day.
Makutu means “magic” in the Polynesian language of Maori -- the indigenous people of New Zealand. But in Arizona, Makutu is also a fun-loving jaguar cub and “king” of this mythical island of fun. Join Makutu and his friends: Kiki, the koala bear; Oscar, the crocodile; and Captain Max, the parrot, for an island adventure sure to be remembered.