About Samadhi Hawaii
In the heart of the Kaka'ako's vibrant arts district, Samadhi Hawaii takes flight as the premiere aerial dance school in the Pacific.
Our mission is to train and entertain in the art of aerial dance, foster new artists, and perpetuate the arts in the community.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned artist, Samadhi Hawaii welcomes people of all backgrounds and ages to experience aerial dance and circus arts “Pacific-style.”
Honolulu's Pioneer Aerial Dance School
Established in 2004, Samadhi takes pride as the first aerial dance school in Hawaii—inspiring a generation of artists locally and internationally with its unique style and history. Samadhi Hawaii’s Founder/Director Andrea Torres’ career originally started far closer to the ground, as a ballerina in Brazil. However, when the chance came to perform as an aerial dancer in ‘Ulalena on Maui (by ARRA Montreal) she leapt at it and has been in the air ever since. After the Maui blockbuster, this flying dancer and yogini took the big leap and formed her company with fellow performers Marcus Quiniones and Ana Prada. Since that humble beginning, this approach has shaped Hawaii’s most talented, unique, and sought-after dance companies. Today, Samadhi offers an exciting variety of classes like tissu (aerial silks), aerial hoop, rope, or trapeze, aerial conditioning, partner acrobatics, hand balancing, and open gym.
(“total self-collectedness”), in Hindu and Buddhist religion and philosophy, the highest state of mental concentration that a person can achieve while still bound to the body and which unites him with the highest reality. Samadhi is a state of profound and utterly absorptive contemplation of the Absolute that is undisturbed by desire, anger, or any other ego-generated thought or emotion. It is a state of joyful calm, or even of rapture and beatitude, in which one maintains one’s full mental alertness and acuity. Samadhi is regarded in Hinduism and Buddhism as the climax of all spiritual and intellectual activity. The power to attain samadhi is a precondition of attaining release from the cycle of rebirths (saṃsāra). Hence the death of a person having this power is also considered a samadhi. By a further extension, the site where a person believed to be so empowered was cremated is in modern times also referred to as a samadhi; thus the site of Mohandas Gandhi’s cremation in Delhi is officially named Gandhi’s samadhi.
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Colleen McCown has been a student of Aerial Dance and Circus Arts for 10 years. She currently teaches private and group lessons at Samadhi Hawaii on a variety of different apparatuses. In addition to Aerial Dance, Colleen also captains a professional fire dance group on Oahu. Colleen is a 300hr RYT, and a certified AFAA personal fitness trainer and group fitness instructor. She believes in the transformative and healing power of movement and dance, and the necessity of consistent embodied practices for overall health and well-being.
Colleen may be booked for aerial silks, aerial hammock, trapeze, aerial hoop, hula hooping, and poi.
Angelica is a full-time instructor for Samadhi Hawaii and specializes in hand balancing and aerial net but also enjoys teaching all manner of aerial apparatuses and ground disciplines. She started her Circus journey in 2013 and graduated from the NECCA ProTrack Training Program in 2015. Since then, she has performed all over the US and abroad and has shared her instruction at NECCA, SHOW Circus Studio, Akrosphere Aerial & Circus Arts, and Circus Place.
Angelica can be booked for aerial silks, aerial net/hammock, flexibility, and hand balancing.
Marie began her professional dance career in N.Y.C.. She joined two Broadway production companies of The King & I; upon returning to Hawaii, she co-directed the dance school, Danceworks, and the professional dance company, Kaimuki Dance Theater. Marie has performed and choreographed for Tau Dance Theater, Ballet Hawaii, Hawaii Opera Theater, and Leeward Theater Dance Festivals. She was one of the artist' invited to perform in the production of, 'From the Horses Mouth', Hawai'i, and was honored to be chosen to participate in a PBS special featuring local artists, directed by award winning director, Robert Pennybacker. Besides teaching and choreographing, her passion is surfing, and aerial flying.
Marie can be book for aerial silks, youth aerial hoop, and beginner aerial straps.
Codi started her aerial journey at Samadhi and is so excited to pass on the studio's creative energy. She enjoys spinning in the aerial hoop and silks, working on her back bends, and rock music. Come fly with Codi!
Codi may be booked for aerial silks, aerial hoop, and aerial partnering.
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