Omi Mahina Tribal Fusion Belly Dance
Malolo Ryan and Talia Phoenix - Photo by Dante Fontana - © Style Media Group
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
Omi Mahina Tribal Fusion Belly Dance provides dance classes that aren’t only a great workout, but offer attendees a chance to express themselves creatively and have fun while moving to awesome music. It definitely found us. We met while dancing together in another troupe and decided we wanted to teach classes and perform at our own pace, with our own style. Dance is definitely a calling for both of us—a place where we can express ourselves and help our students explore their love of dance and movement.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
We love performing at community events, including fund-raisers for various charities and family events. It’s so much fun to see the smiles in an audience when they’re enjoying our performances, or the look of triumph on a student’s face the first time she performs. We love seeing moms, daughters and grandmas groove and shimmy to the music together. The spirit of community at a fund-raiser can’t be beat. It’s that spirit of sisterhood and community that we try to bring to each class and performance.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
We love that we’ve created a haven for our students to escape for an hour from the pressures of work, school and other responsibilities. For those 60 minutes, our students can reconnect to their bodies, have a blast moving to fun music, and get a great workout. The classes are part exercise, part performance art, part personal expression, and all fun!
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
What’s your hidden talent?
Malolo: I’m an accomplished carpenter. Talia: I can change a tire!
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
Blacktop Comedy Improv Theater.
And finally, customer service is…?
Treating students like the stars we know they are.