In-studio Performing Arts Classes in Waimea
Dance, sing, and act this spring with Prince Dance Institute (PDI). The performing arts school is back in action at multiple locations in Waimea Town, offering more than 25 in-person performing arts classes during its spring semester in 2022. PDI’s spring locations include the Kahilu Theatre, the Kamuela Hongwanji Mission, and Waimea Yoga Studio.
In its 16th year of serving the Hawai‘i Island community, the school offers dance, musical theatre, glee, aerial arts, and acrobatics classes. There is something available for all ages (2 and up) and all skill levels. In addition, there will be performance opportunities available for any interested students.
This year PDI is partnering up with Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea and has created a theme for the year called “Write Your Own Story.” There will be reading challenges, public performances, scavenger hunts, and two performances inspired by the work created in collaboration with the library.
“This year’s theme, ‘Write Your Own Story,’ which speaks to the endless possibilities we have to create and reimagine our world, will continue in the spring semester,” said Angel Prince, PDI’s artistic director. “Prince Dance Institute will present a show in the spring, inspired by fantasy and imagination,” she added. “The students will add their input to create the show, and as it’s inspired by the books we have been reading all semester, it is sure to be full of wonder.
“This spring, we are also excited to be adding several new classes—a pointe class for advanced ballet students, a TikTok dance class where students will learn and film the latest popular dances, a performance troupe class for students who want to hone their stage and screen skills, and an open gym session for advanced aerial students.”
Additionally, PDI is welcoming two new members to its teaching roster this semester.
Raina Racki is a professional dancer that has performed throughout the Hawaiian Islands with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Wailana Dance Company, Convergence Dance Theatre, and ‘Ohi‘a Productions. For the past five years, she’s been teaching ballet, modern dance, and improvisation at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. In addition, Raina is teaching Ballet for PDI.
Also joining the staff is Sage Nicholson, who grew up on Hawai‘i Island. Sage has taught dance at Waimea Middle School and teaches Aerial Silks for PDI.
The spring semester starts Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, and runs weekly (Monday–Thursday) through Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Health and safety are paramount at PDI, and the school has safety protocols based on local and federal guidelines. Class sizes are limited and socially distanced. Everyone is required to wear a mask. In addition, there are rigorous cleaning and sanitation regimens that take place several times a day.
Prince Dance Institute instructors for the spring semester include Aleks Holmes, Angel Prince, Aria Wiley, Erin Kawakami, Kat Ruess, Mike Sato, Noelani Anderson, Raina Racki, Shawna Gordon, and Sage Nicholson.
Classes at Kahilu Theatre are conducted on the Main Stage and in the Mike Luce Studio and are held Monday through Thursday, between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The entry is through the loading dock door in the back of the theatre.
Aerial Silks, Acrobatics, Pre-Ballet and Ballet, Break Dance, Contemporary Dance, Pre-Glee and Glee, hip-hop, Jazz, Keiki Dance, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Trapeze and more!
Registration is now open, with scholarships available for qualifying students. The scholarship application deadline for Prince Dance Institute ends Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
For more information regarding class schedules, registration, fees, and scholarships, call Julie Young, PDI managing director, at (808) 452-3837 or visit princedanceinstitute.com.
Photos: Danny Waddell