about the director
Anita Doucette began her life long love of dance at the age of six. She studied many dance forms including Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Ballet, Acro, Modern and Polynesian. Anita studied under Betty Wagner Cummins, a prestigious dance instructor in the Southern California area for 15 years.
At the age of 18, Anita attended a Dance Masters of America instructor certification workshop where she was required to take oral and written exams. Anita had to complete a performance exam before a panel of Dance Master officers in order to earn her teaching license. An awards banquet was held the following evening to honor Anita and the other applicants who successfully passed the exams and met all the requirements of certification. Anita took the Oath of Dance, promising to teach students of all ages the proper techniques for each dance style.
In 1986 Anita began her solo career in Polynesian dance, performing throughout Southern California.
In 1997 Anita moved to Pennsylvania where she began teaching tap and jazz at a small local dance studio and introduced the art of Polynesian dance. During this time Anita became the Director of the MaluLani dancers, forming her own Polynesian dance troupe. The MaluLani dancers perform for various functions throughout Eastern Pennsylvania.
Anita opened her own dance studio in May of 2002. Her dancers have won many Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver medals & trophies at competitions held in Pennsylvania & New Jersey for individual, group and production numbers.
Anita is married with two children, one on earth and one in heaven. Her husband Tony is the studio's master computer technician. Anita's daughter, Trina, is the Assistant Director at the studio and helps with the many tasks of running a large premier dance center. Anita's son, Anthony, was once actively involved with the Pahutane Tahitian drumming group until his diagnosis of cancer. Anthony fought this deadly disease for 4 years and touched many hearts during his valiant struggle. Our dear Anthony went home to be with the Lord on October 18th, 2004.
Anita's family is very important to her and every student and parent is an extension of that big, happy family we call "Ohana"!