Dawn Cheek started as an apprentice at the tender age of 12 teaching tap, jazz, and Polynesian dances. As the years went by, she decided to focus on her first love, Polynesian dance, and studied under Valerie Sills, Liz Kahaleponi Edwards, and Nia Souie. Her performing groups have appeared on national television and are often featured at local events. One such group, the Tiki Hut Dancers, was a predominant force in the Polynesian Dance scene in Southern California during the 70s and 80s. Her current group, Tipanie O Patitifa, has won a major event in Los Angeles and currently entertains throughout Southern California.