Every Tuesdays and Thursdays we go to our Fia Fia culture groups. I am in the Cook Island group. My tutors are Romona's sister, Aunty and her Dad. The Positive things I like about my group include the skill of my Tutors when they do Cook Island dancing. This makes them great teachers to learn from. Another awesome thing is the beat that Romona's Dad drums up, it makes me want to dance! It is exciting being on stage because everybody gets to see the result of all our practicing and hard work.
Let me take you back to when we started getting ready for our performance. Before we started practicing, I was lucky enough to see my tutors perform our Cook Island dance at my Uncle Raymond's hair-cutting festival. This was the dance they were planning on teaching us. We were all wearing a uniform green t-shirt with purple flowers on it. I was thrilled to be with the Cook Island Group for my fourth year!
For me, Cook Island practices are fun. However there are things I get frustrated about. I get annoyed when the boys muck around and laugh while we are trying to practice. We don't end up getting things done. The library is also a stuffy place to practice. By the time you have finished a hard dance, we are all hot and sweaty and the room starts to smell.
In saying this, there are many reasons why I joined this group for the fourth time. I enjoy learning more about my Cook Island culture, and by having to use my voice a lot I will become a better singer. Hanging out and laughing with my friends during practice is another thing that keeps me doing it. The costumes we wear very fun and colourful. We wear a blue lava lava, a yellow lay, a white t-shirt and a white flower in our hair to top it off.
I hope we do well at the School Performance Night, and I hope there are culture groups next year and the year after. I think everyone who isn't already in a Culture Group should join one, because it is a great way to learn about your culture and have a fun time.