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Samadhi Hawaii

ABOUT

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. 

 

samadhi
Indian philosophy
Sanskrit Samādhi


(“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.

 

OUR TEAM

Andrea Torres

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR

 

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Colleen McCown

INSTRUCTOR

 

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 Cardone

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR

 

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 Takezawa

INSTRUCTOR

 

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 Wong

INSTRUCTOR

 

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.

 

OUR TEAM

Andrea Torres

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR

 

Andrea Torres is a pioneer of Aerial Dance in Hawai'i. Her journey started at age 10 in her native Brazil, where she took her first ballet class. Soon after, Andrea earned a full scholarship in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary Dance. She represented her dance school in many festivals around Brazil. From 1995-1998, she worked as a Latin Dance Choreographer and Soloist for entertainer Charo, performing nightly in Waikiki and dancing in Reno, Los Angeles and on Cruise Ships throughout the Hawaiian Islands. After landing a role in the Maui production of "Ulalena," Andrea was sent to Montreal to learn basic aerial skills.

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Colleen McCown

INSTRUCTOR

 

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. 

Codi Wong

INSTRUCTOR

 

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.

Angelica Cardone

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR

 

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 Takezawa

INSTRUCTOR

 

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.

Brit Matsumoto Kruger

INSTRUCTOR

 

A childhood love for gymnastics and all activities adventurous, led Brit to explore yoga, Pilates, and pole fitness amidst raising a family and pursuing a career. It was fate that led her to aerial dance at Samadhi in 2010, capturing and building a unique set of proficiencies through thoughtful movement, strength and stage experience on aerial fabric, trapeze, aerial hoop, and rope.

A regimen of ballet, gyro and acro further enhanced her aerial skill set, as she quickly learned that in turn, aerial enhances all facets of life.  She embraces a strong foundation, skillful attention to safety and desire to explore, as the seeds to plant for every aerialist. She takes pride in teaching “Samadhi Style” and is  always honored to share with her students. Let her provide you the ability to soar and explore! 

Brit can be booked for aerial silks, trapeze, and aerial hoop.

Chayton Davenport

INSTRUCTOR

 

Chayton may be booked for contortion, flexibility, and aerial hoop. 

Jesa Simpkins

INSTRUCTOR

 

Jesa Simpkins has a passion for the history of movement and the arts which led her to Andrea Torres and the Samadhi Hawai'i Aerial Dance School in the spring of 2009. She has trained with artists such as Alayna Stroud and Ana Prada, the Cirque Noir San Francisco aerial company, and other influential aerialists along the way. She has since become a performer and instructor for Samadhi Hawai’i, a co-founder and Director of Volary Aerial Burlesque, as well as a co-founder of Vayu Aerial Yoga. Jesa brings a kitschy vintage flair to her classes and draws on her experience as a certified yoga teacher to encourage injury prevention with a focus on strength, flexibility, and alignment. Jesa also dances with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre and is and artist at Odyssey Tattoo Gallery in Kailua.

Jesa may be booked for aerial hammock and flexibility. 

Lori Wolbrueck

INSTRUCTOR

 

Lori is originally from San Antonio, Texas where she grew up dancing, competing nationally in tap before teaching dance classes and running a student dance team called Aggies in Motion at Texas A&M University. After multiple knee surgeries sidelined her from dance, she moved home to care for her aging grandparents and go to nursing school. During this time, she found aerials at Aerial Horizon in 2018. Lori has trained in a wide variety of apparatuses and styles of movement. Since her home studio closed, she focused her energy on aerial hoop and has traveled across the country to train with instructors in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, and at NECCA. When not in the air she is a trauma ICU RN.

 

Lori may be booked for aerial hoop. 

Aurora Yokota

INSTRUCTOR

 

Aurora may be booked for aerial silks, trapeze, and aerial hoop. 

Valerie Brown

INSTRUCTOR

 

Valerie was born and raised in Texas and is now thoroughly enjoying the beautiful and lively oceans of Oahu. She was introduced to aerial from a former Cirque-du-Soleil aerialist in 2016, when she took the bull-by-the-horns and worked to grow as an aerial acrobat. She has trained predominately on silks, lyra, lollipop, and cube from several talented artists in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and even Italy. She has had the privilege to perform professionally at public, private, and corporate events. To her, aerial is a perfect fit to express and challenge her gymnastics and dance background. When not in the aerial studio, she stays busy attending grad school, doodling fabric designs, running a small Etsy shop, and trying to explore the ocean as much as possible. She is happy and honored to be at Samadhi.

Valerie may be booked for aerial silks and aerial hoop.

Dorothy Wong

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 

Dorothy first experienced the incredible opportunity to “fly” when she took her first aeriel workshop in NY with Body & Pole. When she moved to the island in 2019, she immediately fell in love with Samadhi Hawaii. She has trained under Aurora Yokota, Andrea Torres, and Colleen McCown. She loves all apparatuses, but silk always takes a special place in her heart. She receives so much supports from her circus family here in Samadhi. When she's not training with the studio, you can find her in the ocean swimming with dolphins and turtles! 

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CONTACT

Our Address:

330 Cooke Street, Floor 2

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone:

808-683-6080

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