Hefa Tuita is every choreographer’s dream – impeccable technique, strong physique, a knack for slick moves, positive attitude and most importantly, HEART. Dancing is his God-given talent that he’s turned into a living dream and we wanna know how he made it happen. No doubt about it, Tuita is doing more than talkin’ to The WHATITDO… He’s showin’ us how it’s done and doin’ so to his own beat.
As far back as Hefa can remember, he has always loved dancing. Such a great interest in dance got him to enroll at Heart N Soul in Spanish Fork, UT and later Center Stage in Orem, UT where he honed in on his fascination with dance and grew to love other dance genres besides Hip-Hop such as ballroom, contemporary, ballet, and jazz. He says that it isn’t uncommon for him to mix krumping with popping then throw in a kailao (native Tongan dance) or haka (native Maori dance) dance move. Every dancer develops their own style and Tuita’s has a Polynesian twist all his own. He never gives less than 100 percent at any given time and that dedication is what separates the best from the great, and Tuita is absolutely one of the best.
Having performed in such productions as Disney’s “High School Musical 2” and Nickelodeon’s “Dance on Sunset,” done commercials for Venus and Old Navy, and danced alongside artists such as J-Lo and Ne-Yo, Tuita is quickly building a dance reputation we’re sure he and his family are proud of. Son of Karley and the late Hefa Sr., Tuita attributes his success to the relentless support of his parents.“ My parents have been my biggest support and have always been behind [me] 100 percent.” Such a rock solid support system can push anyone to the top and Tuita’s parents are no exception and are the epitome of parental support of a child’s dream.
Tuita idolizes Michael Jackson and Usher to name a few but the Talauega brothers (Rich and Tone) are his biggest inspiration. Rich and Tone took Tuita under their wing (both the Talauega brothers and Tuita are represented by Bloc LA), mentored him, treated him like a younger brother, and got him his first big break as a dancer in Chris Brown’s video, “I Can Transform Ya.” The inside scoop from Tuita is that he and Chris Brown are like best friends. Their whole entourage hangs out all the time eating, watching movies, and freestyling. Tuita also often shows them YouTube videos of his Tongan culture (Can you imagine Chris Brown watching a video on the Tongan culture? I’m a bit worried as to which ones Tuita showed since many are not the business (lol), but hey, at least he’s sharing his culture, right?). People don’t get that tight with celebrities on a regular basis or overnight. A lot of y’all don’t know how Tuita gets down, but when it comes to rollin’ with mainstream celebs, he fits in like a glove.
With every performance, Tuita maintains a want to inspire others. He hopes to inspire many, especially Polynesians, to believe that they can make things happen and accomplish anything they put their minds to. “Our people are so talented,” says Tuita, “[they] can do whatever [they] want.” He is definitely doing what he wants, but dancing is only the beginning.
Tuita has collaborated with his younger brothers, Soane and Tuiniua, on two singles entitled “Love Me Always” and “Never the Right Time.” The brother-singing-trio are known as the Tuita Boyz. Tuita describes their music as a mix of Reggae, R&B, and Hip-Hop. That calls for immediate induction into Urban Island music, which Tuita feels can certainly be it’s own music genre if there is enough product to keep it going and working. Tuita will never be done with dancing, but becoming a music artist with his own dancers is a real possibility in the future and who better to learn from than Chris Brown? Being a back-up dancer sure has its advantages.
If anyone has what it takes to break into the mainstream spotlight, it’s Hefa Tuita. He keeps his gratitude intact, his mindset focused, and his talent growing. His only advice for those aspiring to do more is to exercise a lot of discipline, build a strong work ethic, and be open to learning. “There are no rules [when it comes to entering] the industry,” Tuita cautions, but if there’s a rule to success that he stands by, it’s “never give up.”
Look out for Tuita next to Chris Brown in Brown’s ongoing tour promoting his latest album, F.A.M.E. You can find the Tuita Boyz on iTunes and follow Tuita himself on his Facebook fan page. You may also catch Tuita in person at the H.Y.P.E conferences or events as he is an active participant in that movement.
Just a few Hefa Tuita featured music videos:
Article Written By: Juliet Uata
*Article Photo courtesy of Vanessa Millecam Photography
* Photo of Hefa Tuita by OmiPhoto
*All Other Photos of Hefa Tuita and the Tuita Boyz Courtesy of Karley Tuita.
*Photo of Rich and Tone Talauega from Bloc LA Agency.
*YouTube video “I Can Transform Ya” by ChrisBrownVEVO
*YouTube video “Love Me Always” by TuitaBoyz
*YouTube video “Old Navy Records Presents: “Super C-U-T-E” by The Audio Threadz” by oldnavy