Tropical Rhythms Hula Dance Troupe

Tropical Rhythms Hula Dance Troupe

5.0 (16)
Best of 2023
3 employees
22 years in business

About this pro

Tropical Rhythms has been dancing the graceful art of hula in Festivals ,cultural events, Corporate functions, private parites,luaus in Houston, Texas since 2001. Some of our students who took lessons from us  when they were 5 years old are now professional hula dancers.

Our performances bring smiles to different audiences and our students get a sense of accomplishment.

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Sugar Land, TX 77478
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16 Reviews


  • Marilou

    She teaches fun, lively, and substantial dances that reflects filipino/Hawaiian culture.

  • Minette

    Having so much fun while learning, great camaraderie with the instructor and dancers, family atmosphere. Our instructor, Neni, is very kind, loving and very patient. Her passion in teaching and honing the skills of her students is truly admirable.

  • Lynne Ferrer

    If you want to learn basic hula, it’s a great way to start. You can learn on your own pace and there is no pressure. Dance instructors are great and very nice. I had so much fun working with Tropical Rhythms Hula Dance Troupe.

  • Tara Nguyen

    I have been dancing with Tropical Rhythms for 15 years now ever since I was 5 years old. Neni has always been a very patient and caring dance instructor to all her students, and is extremely knowledgeable in the art of hula dancing. It has been a great pleasure to have grown with Tropical Rhythms in graceful hula dancing, but most importantly, growing in self-confidence.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First lessons include basic hula steps and a simple dance. The first month will also introduce them to Hawaiian implements. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Learned hula in Hawaii in 1965 and continued in the Philippines in 1972 under Chiqui Hollmann. In Houston attended Hula workshops.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Group lessons $15 Private lessons $25

How did you get started teaching?

In 2001, Tropical Rhythms was performing in festivals and we were approach by several people who were interested in learning hula.  Carolyn McKinney, who joined in 2001 is still with the troupe and now her 2 daughters dance,too.  Jordance Navarrete, Tara Nguyen, Iris Lacsamana started when they were5 years old and are now professional hula dancers.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages ,  kids, teens , adults and seniors.  Some with no dance background.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

At Houston Arboretum, one of the volunteers who was in the audience particiaption approached us and said " This was the best I have ever experienced".  Joseph, hired us for his birthday luau,  " This was more than I imagined"  and gave our troupe a genrous tip.  Sugar Land  Landon Ridge Nursing Home, one of the resident's daughter said, " A lot of guests come by but you are the best"

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Learning the dance is half the fun. Performing on stage molds you into a better dancer.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do I need to work on to improve.

Lessons offered

Dance Classes Hula Dancing Lessons