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Hawaii-Polynesian Hula dance is suitable for movement therapy of children with special needs: Visual research study
These days, on the social media sites, a lot of visual data has become available with the users sharing photographs and videos of various events from far flung places. However, there is little interest among academicians to make use of freely available visual data and make use of it, I feel.

Recently, my Facebook friend who visited the Hawaii islands in the US, Umesh Pandey, living in New Mexico, sent a short video on Hula dance that attracted my attention and did its reflective analysis to strengthen my visual research skill and came out with the following outcomes.  

-There is need to adapt Hula dance as movement therapy for children with special needs. Hula is a Hawaiian / Polynesian dance form.  It has simple steps, arm gesturing accompanied by chant singing .Hula is more of a visual dance with simple steps; it can be easily adapted as a movement therapy 

-Wooden or bamboo sticks are used as percussion instrument by the dancer to provide rhythm, Percussion sticks can be 12 to 20 inch long. Dancer initially stands with knees bent knee as basic stance from which other hula steps begin with lifting of hips with side steps with lifted heel and circular movement. 

-With pom-pom arm movements gesturing falling of raindrops or the rushing of ocean waves or saying of trees in the wind. Other gesturing movements can be added depending on the words of the chant created by the therapist. 

-The dance can be done solo, in pairs or in group. However for therapy, short chant rhymes about nature can be written to mix singing and dancing. 

Movements of dance's therapeutic intervention can be as follows: With sticks striking with every movement;  Touching  one foot to the side  40-50 degrees front of her body with Weight r on the other foot maintaining the bent-knee stance and then returns the foot to the stance;   Then it is repeated with the other side. 

-With pom-pom, the steps with arm movements can become raindrops, water ripples, tree branch sways or fountain sprinkles.

The inset picture is a screenshot from his Pandey's video showing a pair of dances with percussion sticks and pom-poms.

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