Dancing In The Cook Islands

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On the Cook Islands, not only can you witness some incredible traditional dances, but you can take part in them yourself. With traditional music, colorful headpieces, and lots of excitement, dancing is an essential part of the Cook Islands’ culture. Not only is dancing often used as a form of fun and entertainment, but it can also be used to tell stories and share traditions. The style of dance in the Cook Islands until about 1970 has been described by the elders as akaparu or akaūkaūka – where the whole body swayed while dancing – quite different from today where the upper body has to remain still and the hips move. One factor that distinguishes Cook Islands’ dancing from that of the rest of Polynesia is the drumming. In the Cook Islands, a full ensemble of drums creates a powerful resonating sound.