Amanda Mendoza Zapata, born in Mexico City, is a dancer and teacher of Ori Tahiti. At the age of 7 she took her first steps in the world of dance starting with classical dance, passing through contemporary dance and Mexican folklore. At the age of 15 she became passionate about the Dances of the Pacific (Hula - Hawai'i, Ori Tahiti - French Polynesia). These disciplines become a real revelation for her and so begins her formative path which leads her to study the Hula with Daphne Peña, under the guidance of Hilo's Kumu Ray Fonseca Kahikilaulani - Hawai'i and Ori Tahiti with internships and in-depth studies held in Mexico by Makau Foster.
During that period she attended training courses with Kumu Kawika Alfiche and Kumu Nahokulanihele Gaspag for the Hula.
In 2007 Amanda moved to Italy and it was there that the MANA TAHITI school was born with which she dedicated herself to spread Polynesian culture through dance.
Her passion and deep desire to deepen his knowledge of the Ori Tahiti but also of the history and culture of this people led her to leave for French Polynesia and in 2009 began her many trips to Tahiti.
During this journey, she is formed with the greatest exponents of this discipline: Makau Foster - director and choreographer of the dance group "Tamariki Poerani", Kehaulani Chanquy - leader of "Hitireva", Moena Maiotui - dancer and choreographer of "Tahiti Ora", Olivier Lenoir - leader of "Tahiti Ia Rurutu Noa". Se also followed the study path at the Art Conservatory of French Polynesia "Te Fare Upa Rau".
In the last 10 years Amanda has participated in numerous artistic events all over the world such as Miss Aloha Hula in Mexico in 2007, the Ori Tahiti Competition in 2013 and 2014, the Hura Tapairu in Tahiti in 2014, the Heiva I Tahiti of 2017 and 2018 with "Tahiti Ia Rurutu Noa".
With her group “Mana Tahiti” she participated in the Heiva i Paris in 2015 and 2016 reaching the second and third place in the Mehura group (group of 5 dancers). Always supported by her close-knit group, she has participated in various TV shows such as "Dancing with the Stars", "Italy's got talent", "I Soliti Ignoti" etc.
At the moment Amanda resides in Polynesia where she is attending the course of studies in Ori Tahiti at the Art Conservatory of Papeete studying dance, percussion, culture and singing. She also follows the multi-week courses of Kehaulani Chanquy, leader of the Hitireva group and dance in the Hei Tahiti group of Tiare Trompette on the occasion of shows in various resorts in Tahiti.