Heiva San Diego 2017

Heiva Dance Competition 
"Dream, Dancing, Drumming, and Emotions" are the keywords of this exciting event in San Diego. Come discover with us Tahiti Ultimate Dance Competition: August 5 & 6, 2017!”



Tahitian Dance Competition

Please let us know you are planning to compete in the Ori Tahiti solo competition this year by filling out our on-line intent form.

For 2017:

Overall  award will be given to the Vahine and Tane with the highest number of points.  They will receive a Trophy and one (1) round trip airfare from LAX to Tahiti via Air Tahiti Nui to compete in the International Ori Tahiti competition which is held in late November. In the event they cannot attend they will be given the option to forfeit the ticket and be awarded $250. Decision MUST be made within 7 days of the award.
(Recipient of airline ticket responsible for paying airline tax on ticket). In the event cash prize is selected vahine with the next highest point total will be offered the ticket & invitation

Mauruuru to our Overall soloists from 2016

Congratulations to our OVERALL Solo Winners for 2016.
Overall Ori Soloist Tane - Ty Buendia (Tahiti Tamure)
Overall Ori Soloist Vahine - Daevona McArthur (Rau Tama Nui)

See complete list of all awards:
Download PDF Awards
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Mauruuru to all who competed!

Meet our Heiva San Diego Judges

Mr. Fabien Mara DINARD (Head Judge)

Fabien Mara Dinard lives in Tahiti he is the Director of the Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia TE FARE UPA RAU since 2005 to this day. Established to promote education, the promotion and development of traditional and classical cultures, this settlement which is both a national music school and an administrative institution of the country is specialized in the theory and practice of music, singing, dance, classic arts and recently dramatic arts.


Initiated into the traditional arts from his young age Fabien Dinard has spent years practicing the ori Tahiti then became twice the best dancer in the Heiva I Tahiti. From 1994 to 2010 he led the famous professional dance troupe Temaeva as Director a multi winner group of the Heiva founded by the great choreographer Coco Hotahota.  "I would first like to welcome all fans of traditional Polynesian arts they are many bringing their greetings and dedication of Tahiti and its islands.

Passionate about dance and Polynesian music from my young age I am fully invested in our culture to which I offered my best years. My nomination as Director of the conservatory has allowed me to go further in the process of organizing these teachings: for almost ten years there are thousands of students who went through the Conservatory and all recipients are able to live and support their dance whether in a group or in a school. I also worked to deepen the approach of practicing the arts; whether traditional or classical art. Each art has its respective feature like any art joined in a common goal: universal and sharing.

From 1989 to 2009 I was a dancer then successively I became the leader of Temaeva a professional dance group. Temaeva repeatedly have been awarded for the Grand Price of the Heiva I Tahiti and participated in several Festivals of Arts of South Pacific. Temaeva remains the most awarded dance group of Heiva. There were other headlines acquired in our cultural trips around the world but the essential is elsewhere: you have to practice in a good state of mind. With passion first then with respect for the teachings and the source: TAHITI. Although dance is all about creation but it based on foundations that it is essential to acquire.

In 1996 I won the title of best dancer of Heiva I Tahiti and in 2004 Temaeva have been awarded for the Hura Tapairu. Participating in various international and Pacific festivals my travels have taught me a lot. I discovered the Cook Islands, Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, Australia, France of course, Taiwan, Samoa, New Zealand, USA and Singapore.  From 2001 to 2013 I had the honor to be a Member of the Jury into various events: Heiva I Tahiti Hura Tapairu, Heiva I Reno, Heiva I Tokyo, Heiva I Utah, Heiva I Costa Mesa. Since 2001 I am President of the Jury of the Conservatory examinations.

I noticed that the “ori Tahiti” particularly was practiced worldwide by tens of thousands of practitioners through the five continents. I do not know many others of artistic disciplines which have been so successful in recent years.  That is why we have initiated works to codify the basic steps of Ori Tahiti to proceed with the listing of traditional Tahitian dance on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. This will be an outcome, but also for each practitioner who will soon achieve a solid basis, the same for everyone.  
Good luck to you all and most importantly long live to the culture and ori Tahiti!




Passionate about Ori Tahiti, Océane EHRHARDT first starting dancing at the age of seven. She studied with Heirani Salmon who received the award of Best Dancer in 2003. In 2011, during the First edition of the Ori Tahiti Nui solo competion, Océane placed 3rd in her category for Best Dancer. 2016 was a year full of experience! This young lady participated in the Miss Tahiti pageant and also competed during the Heiva i Tahiti for the title of Best Dancer. Though her perseverance and passion, Océane won 2nd place for Best Dancer.  Océane continues to share her love for the Ori Tahiti and its influence beyond its borders.


Timéri Teriipaia studied at the dance school of Aratoa, under the direction of professor Chanquy Kehaulani.  She participated in the 2011 Heiva with the group Hitireva (directed by Kehaulani) and they won 1st place in the Hura Ava Tau category.   They also performed in at the 2012 Heiva in the Professional category, but unfortunately, they had no competitors. In the 2013 Heiva, she participated in the Hura Tapairu category, again with Hitireva. However, she was given the additional responsibility to rehearse with the group Mehura "Poe," which won 1st place. In the 2014 Heiva, they again competed in the Hura Tau category and won 3rd place and finally in 2016, they won the title of 1st place.