About Toni

Toni Temehana Pasion (she/her/they) is an Educator, Lifelong Student, and Performer of cultural practice.  Her work integrates Philippine Dance, Hula, and Filipino Martial Arts with Mindfulness.

Toni holds a Masters of Arts degree in Dance with an emphasis in Culture and Performance Studies from the University of Hawai i at Mānoa, degrees in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College.  She has also completed coursework in Māori Studies and Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  For 18 years, Toni integrated her hālau (hula school) training concurrently with her Western schooling.  This concurrent dynamic shaped her holistic approach to diplomacy and methodology.

Currently, Toni is teaching at Pamana Kali Philippine Martial Arts & Culture (Torrance, CA) and Jupiter Soundscape (Walnut, CA).

Toni has conducted workshops and performances at the Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Women’s Center for Creative Work (Frogtown, Los Angeles), Pilipino Workers Center (Filipinotown, Los Angeles), UCLA Labor Center, CARECEN, Santa Monica College Dance Department, The Broad Stage (Santa Monica, CA), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica, CA), Riverside Museum, Doris Duke Theater (Honolulu, HI), Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Honolulu, HI), Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU (New York), Festival of Pacific Arts on Guåhan (Hagåtña, Guam), UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department (Los Angeles, CA), UCR Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Symposium (Riverside, CA), Urban x Indigenous in SoMa San Francisco, Maui Arts and Culture Center, Iao Theater (Wailuku, HI), and more.

Noted performances include: A Stage of Our Own (Los Angeles, CA), Halikha Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), World Itotia Festival (Santa Monica, CA), Festival of Pacific Arts (Guåhan), Queen ʻIolani Festival (Kokeʻe, Kauai), Indigenous Dance Forum (Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU), Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside (UCR), I Moving Lab (UCLA, Riverside, Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi), Urban Indigenous (SoMa San Francisco), East Meets West Festival (Maui), Mana with Kayamanan Ng Lahi (Aratani Theater and Merrie Monarch opening night), United Nations Small Island Development Conference (Samoa), and the Teuila Festival (Samoa).