ABout the Organization

Indy Hula is a non-profit group, seeking to teach Polynesian song and dance, language, and culture, and to spread awareness through performances both public and private. We welcome all skill levels and age groups, from beginner to advanced, and children to adult. Classes are held every Saturday in downtown Indianapolis. 

Newcomers are encouraged to jump right in for a free class with our beginners.

Indy Hula is available to perform at public functions or private parties, in small or large groups. We have several experienced performers and are confident we can meet the needs of your group. Please note that as of 8/15/19, we are on hiatus from performing and not accepting any new requests for bookings.

Please contact us for more information regarding performances.


Here is a sample of our work

 our instructors

Lisa Smith

Lisa began her training in hula at the age of 4 years in Hawai'i on the island of 'Oahu.  Her first kumu (teacher) was the well-known John Pi'ilani Watkins.  The majority of her dance training, however,  was under the instruction of Kumu 'Iwalani Tseu, in Mililani, Hawai'i.  At Iwalani's School of Dance, she learned not only hula, but also Samoan, Tahitian, Maori and even traditional Filipino dances and belly dance.  She was given many performance opportunities during those years, to include the Probowl, two airlines commercials, performing for the Dallas Cowboys on a visit to Hawai'i as well as numerous shows in Waikiki.  After graduating from college, Lisa returned to Hawai'i to attend medical school and during that time, she became an instructor for Iwalani.  After moving to Indianapolis, Lisa joined Indy Hula, which was founded by Kory Jones.  In 2008, when Kory left Indiana to return to Hawai'i, he turned the instruction responsibilities over to Lisa and she has been the lead instructor ever since.  

Natasha Nakabayashi