This fall the Prince Dance Institute (PDI) is back in full force, offering more than 25 performing arts classes during its 2021 Fall Semester.
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. 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.
“We are looking forward to a year of fresh possibilities and novel ways of creating and learning together. Our theme this year is ‘Write Your Own Story,’ which speaks to the endless possibilities we have to create and reimagine our world,” said Angel Prince, PDI’s artistic director. “This year’s collaboration with the Thelma Parker Library will be full of inspired creations using dance, song, and theatre stimulated by the literary arts.
“Prince Dance Institute will present two shows in the Winter and Spring Semesters inspired by fantasy and imagination,” she added. “I’m sure the students and teachers will be animated and empowered by this theme and collaboration with the library.”
Additionally, PDI is welcoming a few new members to its teaching roster this semester.
Aleks Holmes is a professional dancer who recently moved to Hawai‘i Island from New York City, where she was assistant choreographer and lead dancer in “West Side Story” on Broadway. Ms. Holms has also danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre.
Also joining the staff are Mike Sato—a veteran organizer of Break Dance all over the island and a master teacher of the form himself—, as well as longtime PDI students Shawana Gordon and Aria Wiley—both fabulous instructors in their own right.
The Fall Semester starts on Thursday, September 2, runs weekly (Monday through Thursday), and ends on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
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. There are rigorous cleaning and sanitation regimens that take place several times a day.
Prince Dance Institute instructors for the Fall Semester include Aleks Holmes, Angel Prince, Aria Wiley, Erin Kawakami, Julie Young, Kat Ruess, Mike Sato, Noelani Anderson, and Shawna Gordon.
Classes are held Monday through Thursday, between 3:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m.
Aerial Silks, Acrobatics, Pre-Ballet and Ballet, Break Dance, Contemporary Dance, Pre-Glee and Glee, Hip Hop, Jazz, Keiki Dance, Musical Theatre, and Trapeze
Registration is now open, with scholarships available for qualifying students. The scholarship application deadline for Prince Dance Institute ends on Monday, August 23, 2021.
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 and Sarah Anderson