Dance has always been a big part of polynesian culture. It has become a second nature to the population, once you learn how to walk they teach you how to dance. The reason why it is so important is because it reveals many ancient stories about history and religion without saying any words. It allows them to pass down their to stories from generation to generation.
I wanted to share this video of a dance competition in 2013, the lady you see dancing is called Ranitea , and in her dance moves you can see her giving offerings to god. When they raise both hands in the air it is a calling to god.
These are a couple of examples of pareo’s they will wear while perfoming.