Nanave found her love for movement at age 5 in the form of gymnastics and continued through high school. After many years of training and competing, her passion migrated to Tahitian dancing when her dad, a Native Tahitian, took her with him to a dance practice where he drummed. In 2003, she began performing with the Tahitian dance group Apatoerau and in 2004 started teaching.
Since 2006, she has been dance director and choreographer for a nonprofit organization called Te Fare O Tamatoa. Their performance group Te’a rama performs around the greater Seattle area. She has performed professionally with the traditional Tahitian dance group Kei Tawhiti in Tahiti and has received her certification of Ori Tahiti through level 4 at the Conservatoire Artistique de la Polynésie in Papeete, with high marks.
In other dance training, Nanave has taken ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop through college courses and performed for 3 years with Bellevue College’s Eastside Moving Company. Since 2013, Nanave has been MixxedFit and Zumba certified.