SFDH Logo (tiny)

The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)

Merilyn Gentry and Nora Nuckles

[ Home | About | Encyclopedia |
| Publications | Members ]


Nora Nuckles and Merilyn Gentry 2014


Information: Merilyn Gentry and Nora Nuckles, teachers of Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Polynesian dance.

Merilyn is owner and director of the Hi-Desert Dance Center in Ridgecrest, California, where whe teaches Polynesian dance (Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tahiti). She teaches both the ancient 'Kahiko' and the slow, modern 'Auana' styles of Hawaiian dance. Merilyn directs and performs with Kalena's Polynesian Dancers.

For many years, Merilyn studied in Hawaii with master teachers and continues her training in special workshops and lessons in northern and southern California. This training includes the various percussion instruments of the islands.

Nora often partners Marilyn for her teaching appearances. Nora dances with Kalena's Polynesian Dancers. She has studied Polynesian dance and the use of the percussion instruments for many years and continues to participate in special workshops and lessons. Although she spends most of her time as an elementary teacher, she enjoys learning and experiencing Polynesian culture.


This page © 2018 by Ron Houston.
Please do not copy any part of this page without including this copyright notice.
Please do not copy small portions out of context.
Please do not copy large portions without permission from Ron Houston.