Camille Edralin - Polynesian (General School)
Camille began her dance training at the age of 7 under the instruction of Cristina Fargas. Besides dancing, Camille has also been training as a vocalist since she was 6 years old. As she continued to develop as a dancer, she studied Ballet, Tumbling, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and the art of Polynesian dance. By the time she was 13, Camille began training as a Tahitian Soloist. She competed in various Tahitian competitions such as Tahiti Fete San Jose, Heiva I Reno, Kiki Raina Merced, and Heiva I Maui. Camille was chosen as a finalist at Kiki Raina Merced in 2005, and also at Tahiti Fete, San Jose in 2006 and 2006. Recently, she portrayed the lead role in her high school Spring Musical “Once in This Island” and was also the vocal coach, choreographer and co-director of this play. Camille is currently teaching Hula and Ori to 3-9 year olds at WSPA.
Morgan Chang - Polynesian (General School)
Morgan first began dancing at the age of 5 at the City Ballet School in San Francisco. Though ballet was her first step into the dance world, she continued to explore other styles of dance until she found her love for Polynesian dance at the age of 10 while training at Hokulea Star of Gladness in San Francisco. At the age of 13, Morgan began training at WSPA in order to study Musical Theatre as well. By the age of 14, she was performing with WSPA’s Polynesian Performance program, which allowed her the great opportunity of travelling to Scotland for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in 2007. Morgan has also trained and competed as a Tahitian Soloist under the instruction of Nene Nemenzo in San Jose Tahiti Fete, Heiva I Reno and won 2nd place in Manahere I Ori Tahiti in 2010. One of her best dance memories so far has been competing with Te Orama under the direction of Kumu Hula Anthony Manaois in San Jose Tahiti Fete 2011, where the group swept overall. Morgan is overjoyed to be teaching Hula and Ori to her 3-6 year olds, who never fail to brighten her day.
Nadine Caparas - Drummer
Nadine is Te Orama's lead drummer. She began drumming in 2006. She has been trained under the instruction of Kumu Anthony Manaois, Eric Bertumen and Derek Samn. In addition to drumming for Te Orama's performances, Nadine performs at competitions, community service shows and private events, such as Heiva I Reno in 2008 (showcase), Pacific Island Festival in 2009 (house drumming with Otea Api), Heiva I Reno in 2011 (house drumming with Otea Api) and San Jose Tahiti Fete in 2011. Having developed an immense love for the Tahitian culture, Nadine also trains Tahitian dancing under the direction of Nene Nemenzo. Her passion for the Tahitian culture is greatly expressed through both her drumming and dancing. Nadine travelled to Tahiti in the summer of 2012 to further immerse herself in this great culture.