Meet Our Dancers
Stephanie Barrientos Keil
Stephanie was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC. Polynesian dance was introduced into her life after meeting her husband Dallin who at the time was performing with Polynesian Fire. Learning the artful skill of Polynesian dance came natural for her and she later joined Polynesian Fire as a full time performer. She has recently just returned to the stage after having her fifth child, baby girl Tehani. Dancing supports the advocate she is of healthy wellbeing and active living. Aside from being a busy mother of five, she assists and dances with Siva Pasefika. Stephanie is of Puerto Rican descent and has a deep love for the Polynesian culture and dance. She has been dancing and performing for 6 years and is a staple strength to the team.
Dahlia Talalupelele Keil
Dahlia is the oldest daughter of Ron and April Keil (founder and creator of Siva Pasefika). Born on the north shore of Oahu she has lived with her family in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and now St George, UT where as a teenager assisted with the creation of Siva Pasefika. Dance, fitness and wellbeing has always been a staple in her life. Certified as a Zumba Instructor at 16, she played a huge part with the Zumba craze that swept Southern Utah. Together with her mom and sister Sinalei, the Keil Krew brought in hundreds to their weekly classes. At a young age she also got certified in Hot Hula & introduced it to Southern Ut. Formerly an instructor at Be Hot, she currently teaches at her family's Studio Siva Pasefika as a Buti Yoga and Meditation instructor. Dahlia spent time in Maui learning the art of Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian Massage) and now owns a Lomi Lomi studio of her own. The love of her life, Seth, ensures that she travels often to wherever there is sand and water. She is expecting her first child in June and is loving life.
Sinalei Lara Keil
Sinalei is a daughter of Siva Pasefika’s founder and creator April Te’o Keil. Born in Samoa, Sinalei from a very young age found her love for dance as a way to connect with her roots and heritage. Dance and Fitness are staples in her life. She introduced Buti Yoga to Southern Utah and is the creator of Ori Fusion and Wahine, two of some of the unique classes that she teaches at the beautiful Studio Siva Pasefika. Not only does Sinalei ensure that Studio Siva Pasefika is equipped with top notch instructors and classes but she is also Siva Pasefika’s lead choreographer and enjoys helping people through movement.
Tiare Keil is the youngest child of Ron and April Te’o Keil (founder and creator of Siva Pasefika). She was born and raised in St.George Utah her entire life but that has never stopped her from loving, living, and embracing her Polynesian culture. Family trips back to the islands to reconnect with family and culture have been highlights of her life. Tiare started her dancing career with Siva Pasefika at the young age of three and is currently a strong force to the team even after two ACL surgeries. Tiare has always loved showcasing her roots through the beautiful art of dance and song and has decided to take it to the next level through pageantry. Tiare is the current Miss St.George 2021 and is also the current Miss Southern Utah Teen USA 2022 where she won the ‘People's Choice Award’ and ‘Miss Congeniality’. Like the crown she wears she carries her Samoan culture with pride wherever she goes.
Lauralyn Aiono Defingn
Lauralyn is no stranger to the ways and lifestyle of her Samoan culture including dances from the other islands of Polynesia. She was the youngest competitor for Hitia O Te Ra when they took first place in many group categories their first year at Tahiti Fete.She joined Siva Pasefika while attending DSU and not only instructed but danced and sang at many Siva events. She married the love of her life, graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and has three gorgeous children. She performs professionally with Siva Pasefika’s elite team and is an instructor for Siva’s Team Teuila (13-17 yr girls) She assisted with Siva Pasefika’s first benefit luau for Miss Hayley who was battling brain cancer. She finds joy being with her family, serving her church and community, sharing her culture through dance, reading, playing pickleball and being with her girlfriends.
Jayanni Makalea Ku Lucero-sagon
Jayanni was born and raised on the island of Oahu. She has always been fascinated by the stories being told through movement and costumes. She began dancing at the age of four and as she grew up so did her love for dance. Knowing that her dance career would end after moving to Utah for college, she searched for a halau to join. Siva Pasefika welcomed her with open arms a year ago and she has been dancing with them since. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her culture and passion with you and hopes you will love it as much as she does.
Ashlyn was born and raised in beautiful southern Utah. She joined Siva Pasefika 15 years ago when it was very first created and has been with it ever since. She has enjoyed seeing its progression over the years from small family shows, to beautiful large scale productions. She feels honored to have participated in many fundraising benefit luaus, community services and public events. Siva Pasefika has become a family to her and she enjoys spending time with them outside of practices and shows. When she is not dancing she enjoys being out in nature, reading books and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to many many more years with this wonderful group.
Tava Maddison LaRaine Lutui
Tava has been performing with Siva Pasefika since she was just 6 years old and often shares the stage with her brother Jonah! Tava is 16 years old and a passionate athlete and entertainer. Tongan in heritage, Tava’s favorite part of the show is when she has the opportunity to share her culture with the audience in the Tongan section. She has a great love for the grace of the Hula and a strong connection to the fierceness of the Kahiko. In recent years she has also focused and developed her talents in tennis, track, and in music. One of Tava’s earliest credits was in stage theater. She landed her first job as a child performer in the Tony Awarded Shakespeare Festival as Ngana in Roger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Tava is known among her friends and family as a natural leader who is strong willed and independent. Her inspiration comes from her family and she resides in Southern Utah with her brother Jonah, and her parents Amber and Sam.
Four years ago Kyra walked through our Siva Pasefika doors and took our breath away with her captivating smile and beauty. Because of her hard work, determination, and consistency she was invited to be a part of our Elite team. She has learned from Siva Pasefika that the true meaning of Aloha extends to all, whether you are of Polynesian heritage or not. It is this very spirit of Mana and Aloha that she was attracted to and has immersed herself fully into learning not only the dances of Polynesia but the culture itself. Siva Pasefika has encouraged her to put herself out of her comfort zone. She did just that by enlisting herself in a pageant, performed the skillful dance of the poi balls and walked away from that experience as the crowned Miss Washington City 2021-2022.
Rebecca has always loved all things music and dance. The daughter of a scholarship-awarded Thai dancer, she grew up watching her mother nostalgically do traditional dances in the living room and learned to love the preservation of culture through movement, music and storytelling. Hoping to one day work in music therapy, she attended the University of Utah and received two bachelor’s degrees in Music and Psychology. Rebecca happily stumbled into the Siva Pasefika family in 2017 and never left - performing in notable events like the Huntsman World Senior Games Opening Ceremony and Siva Pasefika’s summer luaus at Zion National Park. She enjoys singing and playing bass with the Siva Band before rushing off to prepare to dance in the show.
Kaylani originally born and raised in Southern California, and later moved to St George Utah with her husband Ernest where they started a family and a business. Kaylani is a mom of three beautiful boys. She has been able to grow an audience on social media and has partnered with international beauty brands. Kaylani has always been proud to represent her Samoan culture and has been performing Polynesian dance since she was a young girl. When she relocated to St George, she was happy to tap back into one of her first loves. She enjoys being a part of the Siva Pasefika family. Outside of spending time with family, creating content for her online business, she loves spending her “me time” at the Siva Pasefika studio.
Janie is from the red rock Island of St. George Utah where she grew up dancing along the beaches of the Virgin River. Dance and music were a huge part of her life through childhood and into college. She didn’t realize how much she missed this part of her life until she introduced dancing back in after her child bearing years. When she found Siva Pasefika, her soul was drawn in immediately and she knew she needed to be a part of this group. It’s through dancing with Siva Pasefika that Janie has realized the Spirit of Polynesia is inside all of us whether we are born in the culture or not. We are all connected. Our differences and the love in each of us is what brings us together.
Anna was born and raised in Florida. At a very young age she developed a love for dancing. She remembers begging her mother to put her in Hip Hop classes where, shortly after, her true passion for dance was uncovered. She is fluent in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Ballet. Her first introduction to Polynesian dance was when she was asked by an entertainment group from Pittsburgh, OH called Tuikas Polynesian Island Magic to be a part of their group. It was there that she learned a great deal about the Polynesian Culture and dancing from the Faumuina family. She has also performed with professional dancers and choreographers of the prolific group Ali’itasi of Orem, UT. In 2021 Anna moved to St George, UT knowing that she would never give up her passion for dancing and indeterminately found Siva Pasefika who she calls family.
Camille’s entertainment career started at a young age with the love for ballet and singing. Learning about her culture through Siva Pasefika is a new found love that has not only kept her connected with herself but has added passion and value to her life. She treasures being a part of Siva Pasefika and is excited to share the Aloha with others.
Marley started dancing at a very young age performing throughout Southern Utah with her family. While growing up in Southern Utah, her father, Oscar Fakahua, did his best to teach her, her siblings, and cousins the importance of their Tongan heritage and all the Polynesian islands through dance, love, and song. They did service all around Southern Utah to practice their talents and show their love for their culture. As a young child she grew to understand the importance of grace, and to tell a story through her smile and her heart. Marley is currently a student at Southern Utah University where she will soon graduate with a degree in Family Life & Human Development, she also plans to further her education with a masters degree in social work (MSW) as well as become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Marley has been given the opportunity to be a part of a spectacular team with Siva Pasifika, where she has been able challenge herself in dance, make new relationships and expand her learning. She loves sharing the stage with her husband Sione Makoni, her brother Drew Fakahua & her cousins Tonga Nio, Jonah Lutui & Tava Lutui.