Makalina Gallagher - Born and raised in and around the Pacific Islands, Makalina has lived in the Marianas, Caroline and Hawaiian islands most of her life. A graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in Theatre and Drama, she has studied ballet, jazz, modern and tap in New York City. She has performed with the Tiny Bubble Band and her Hawaiian Express Dancers on Channel 13 WNET PBS, NYC Telethon, FOX5 Good Day New York and at the Manhattan Center for Bette Midler's 4th Annual Hulaween Ball, a benefit for the New York Restoration Project, the Food Network with Donna Hanover featuring Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's Restaurant, The Food Network with Gordon Elliot's Doorknock Diners. She has appeared on Good Day New York Fox5 with Mike Woods and with Don Ho on FOX 5's Good Day New York as well as on WB11's Morning Show. Her dancers and the Tiny Bubble Band were featured on MTV's Beach House promoting the movie "American Wedding" and was seen on Times Square with the Tiny Bubble Band and dancers promoting FOX 5's new show "North Shore" as well as the Flea Theatre benefit. She is the organizer of the NYC Ukulele MeetUp group and teaches Polynesian dance at Lotus Music & Dance. She has participated in celebrating Asia Pacific Heritage Month by performing with her students and dancers at CAPA (Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans ) Festival the past 3 years, Mayor Bloomberg's Asian Pacific Heritage event as well as various Asian Heritage events in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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