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Hura Tahiti 2015 competitor, Melanie, wows with intricate hip movements
April 17, 2017
Shakira told the world that her "Hips Don't Lie," but few can say quite as much as 2015 Hura Tahiti competitor Melanie. The Stockton, Calif. performer has danced from the age of two, according to her profile on Tamarii Matairea. Following this particular performance, the skilled performer won the Ori Tahiti Nui World Dance Championships in Tahiti.
“It was overwhelming,” Melanie told Record Net. “I feel like it’s not real. I feel like I’m just dreaming right now. I’m really thankful and really blessed.” According to the article, the young woman stared dancing under the watchful eyes of her parents at a very young age. She plans to return the the Tahiti competition in the summer of 2016.
Amazingly, Record Net states that the quick-hipped performer is not Polynesian. Both her mother, Yolanda, who is African-American and her father, Kevin, who is Filipino, became interested in preserving Polynesian culture. Their daughter picked up their influence early.
“Through the competitions that she’s won, she’s still one of the most humble people on the planet, which I’m very proud of,” her mother told Record Net.
With talent like that, it might be hard to be humble. Pass this amazing performance along!