New Class and New Faculty for students of North Hawaii
This fall, Prince Dance Institute (PDI) is offering more than twenty-five performing arts classes at Kahilu Theatre and the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Mission. Enrollment is now open and the semester begins Wednesday, September 5 and runs weekly through Friday, December 21. Represented in the offerings are the disciplines of dance, theatre, music, and acrobatics, with classes available for all ages and skill levels. Performance opportunities are available for interested students.
There will be an open house on September 4 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Kahilu Theatre to answer questions, meet the teachers, help with registration, and see the space where the classes take place. Open house attendees are asked to please enter through the loading dock door at the back of the theatre.
“We are really looking forward to the upcoming semester. After the performances of our original show, “Future Voices,” last spring—and its success—there is a new level of energy and enthusiasm around the school,” said Angel Prince, Prince Dance Institute Director. “In addition to our long-standing favorites at Kahilu Theatre, we’ve added several new classes like Jazz, a daytime class for homeschoolers in Musical Theatre, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and a Performance Troupe for students who love to perform.”
“I am also thrilled that we are offering classes at Honoka‘a Hongwanji Mission again. It’s going to be a jam-packed semester with great classes, incredible instructors, and all genres of the performing arts,” said Prince.
Prince Dance Institute is also welcoming Noelani Anderson to its staff. Noelani has been a student, a professional performer, and teacher for Prince Dance Institute and now takes on a leadership role in the faculty. Born and raised on Hawai‘i Island, Ms. Anderson graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy and went on to study theatre and peace studies at the collegiate level on the mainland.
Of the new role, Anderson says, “It’s been incredible to be a part of PDI since I was 16, to watch it grow from a handful of students to nearly 200. I believe the arts are integral to the health of a community and a society as a whole. It is through channeling creativity and expression through study and rehearsal that we can generate something larger than the sum of its parts. I’m excited to contribute to this synergy as the new Managing Director of Prince Dance Institute.”
Prince Dance Institute Faculty
Angel Prince, Candie Duggan, Chris “Mana” Ho’opai, Elizabeth Brawner, Kalena Zindric, Kat Reuss, Noelani Anderson
Kahilu Theatre Class Information
Classes at Kahilu Theatre are conducted on the Kahilu Theatre Main Stage and in the Mike Luce Studio and are held Monday through Thursday; between the hours of 1:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Entry is through the loading dock door.
Acting Technique, Aerial Silks, Ballet, Breakdancing, Contemporary Dance, Glee, Hip Hop, Intro to Performing Arts, Jazz, Keiki Dance, Musical Theatre: Dance and Drama, Performance Troupe, Rhythmic Acrobatics, Salsa, Trapeze
Honoka‘a Hongwanji Mission Class Information
Classes at the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Mission are held on Fridays between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm.
Acro Tumble, Hoops, and Stunts
Registration is now open with limited scholarships are available for students. The scholarship application deadline is August 15.
For more information regarding class schedules, registration, fees, and scholarships call Noelani Anderson at (808) 854-6646 or visit princedanceinstitute.com.
Photo Credit: All photos by Jeff Rocks