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Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (Spring 2017)
KPAC Spring Semester (2017)

Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC), directed by Angel Prince offers a variety of performing arts classes for all ages. Classes in Dance, Theatre, and Music are available for students to choose from. 

Classes run through Thursday, April 27 and the semester concludes with the Kahilu Production of Dance of the Bees on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 3pm and 7:30pm and are conducted on the Kahilu Theatre main stage and in the Mike Luce Studio. 
Classes are non-refundable.

Schedule of Classes Class Descriptions Insructors

Schedule of Classes
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Mondays       Tuesdays    
Trapeze Dance 1 3:30 - 4:30pm Ages: 9 - adult   Keiki Dance A 3:00 - 3:30pm Ages: 2 - 4
Trapeze Dance 2 4:30 - 6:00pm Ages: 11 - adult   Keiki Dance B 3:30 - 4:00pm Ages: 2 - 4
Contemporary 3 6:00 - 7:30pm Ages: 14 - adult   Contemporary 1 4:00 - 5:00pm Ages: 5 - 8
Aerial Silks 1 3:30 - 4:30pm Ages: 5 - 10   Contemporary 2 5:15 - 6:15pm Ages: 9 - 13
Aerial Silks 2 4:45 - 5:45pm Ages: 11 - adult   Contemporary 3 6:15 - 7:45pm Ages: 14 - up
        Singing Simply 3:30 - 4:30pm Ages: 10 - 17
        Ballet 1 4:30 - 5:00pm Ages: 8 - 13
        Ballet 2 5:00 - 6:00pm Ages: 14 - adult
Wednesdays       Thursdays    
Hula 1 4:00 - 4:30pm Ages: 4 - 11   Hip Hop 1 3:30 - 4:30pm Ages: 7 - adult
Aerial 1B 4:30 - 5:30pm Ages: 5 - 10   Hip Hop 2 4:30 - 5:30pm Ages: 10 - adult
Musical Theatre 5:00 - 6:30pm Ages: 10 - 15   Break Dancing 5:30 - 6:30pm Ages: 7 - adult
        Dance Improv & Choreo  3:30 - 4:30pm Ages: 9 - 18
        Aerial Silks 3 4:30 - 5:30pm Ages: 10 - 14

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Aerial Silks 1 & 2 | Kat Reuss
These classes will teach you to fly! Starting with a partner, and later in groups practicing acro-balance and building pyramids, students then graduate to flying solo on aerial silks, eventually creating routines. Aspiring performers in the class will be invited to participate in our newly formed troupe and join us in local community shows.
Aerial Silks 3 | Kat Reuss
Picking up with Aerial Silks 1 & 2 leaves off, this class requires two or more years of aerial dance. Aspiring performers in the class will be invited to participate in our newly formed troupe and join us in local community shows.
Keiki Dance | Elizabeth McDonald
Keiki Dance is a fun, energetic class that uses imagery, music, and shapes to get the young body moving. Students learn body coordination plus musicality and rhythmic awareness, improvisation, and basic dance steps in this class. This is a great introduction to the world of dance!
Contemporary 1 | Elizabeth McDonald
This is a stimulating and exploratory dance class that introduces classical and modern dance concepts. Contemporary 1 will move through a warm up of technique and body concepts, across the floor exercises, and dance games.
Contemporary 2 | Elizabeth McDonald
Combining the technique of classical training with the expansiveness of modern and jazz dance, this class will move through a through a warm up of technique, floor exercises, strength training, across the floor choreography and ultimately a final choreographic piece. The importance of axis, alignment, balance and musicality is emphasized in every class.
*Contemporary 2 students must take ballet 1.
Contemporary 3 (twice a week) | Angel Prince & Elizabeth McDonald
Combining the technique of classical training with the expansiveness of modern and jazz dance, this class will move through a through a warm up of technique, floor exercises, strength training, across the floor choreography and ultimately a final choreographic piece. The importance of axis, alignment, balance and musicality is emphasized in every class. This fast moving class also has opportunities for being part of the dance troupe, which performs in the community.
*Contemporary 3 students must take ballet 2
Trapeze Dance 1 & 2 | Elizabeth McDonald
Students will learn to use the trapeze bar and ropes to pose, invert, balance and drop into thrilling positions. Climbing, inverting, rolling and turning every which way on these apparatuses, students discover their center of gravity in many different positions. They will learn how to move from different positions with grace and ease while gaining strength and control. After growing comfortable with solo work, students learn to work in teams to build shapes in the air, turning them inside out and upside down. in poses that highlight both strength and flexibility.
Trapeze 1 - Beginners will focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and basic balances.
Trapeze 2 - Students will learn more difficult skills, choreography, and artistry.
Hip Hop 1 & 2 | Mana Ho‘opai
This is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes encourage students to step outside of the box and bring their individual style and personality to the movements. Each class emphasizes musicality, performance, and dynamics while motivating students to maintain a positive classroom environment.
Break Dancing 
| Mana Ho‘opai
Beginning with the breaking basics, this Break Dancing covers coordination and basic freezes to advanced holds. A positive attitude and classroom support help advance students to the next level.
Ballet 1 & 2 | Lynn Barre
Ballet focuses on alignment, posture and classical ballet steps. This class is an excellent work out in a fun, relaxed environment that begins at the barre, then moves across the floor, and finishes with center work. 
Dance Improvisation & Choreography | Angel Prince
This is a fun and explorative class, which will use improvisation games as a tool to create movement, enhance creativity and prompt new ideas. Basic composition lessons will aid in creating one's own dance in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Hula 1 | Leia Lawrence
Students will learn the basic hula movements along with some games and fun! They will chant, and dance to songs about nature.
Musical Theatre | Beth Dunnington

A class to work on acting technique through monologues, scenes, and theater games, as well as a technique for performing songs for musical theater. Singers will have the opportunity to work on both songs and theater pieces. This class will also prepare students for the June Kahilu-produced musical, 13 the Musical, training young actors in the method technique that will be used in this show. 13 is a cast of actor/ singers ages 11 to 15, so the students in this class will be in the appropriate age group for this year’s production. The class is taught by Beth Dunnington, who will be directing 13.
Singing Simply | Val Underwood
This class is a vocal training course designed specifically for young singers of any level. Simple vocal technique will be presented in fun and easy to comprehend imagery. Participants will practice and build technique through both group and individual singing exercises and songs. Songs will be assigned appropriately to age and level. The understanding of the “Language of Music” (the building of basic musical skills) will be a side-by-side component of this class. 


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Angel Prince is the Director of the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes and Choreographer for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Hofstra University in NY, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Contemporary Dance from the National Institute of Art in Buenos Aires. She is a recognized teacher for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and is a recipient of the prestigious Tanne Foundation award for her body of work. Last year Ms. Prince celebrated 10 years of her dance and theatre school, Prince Dance Institute. She is also the artistic director of the non-profit dance company Prince Dance Theatre and has created over 15 original, evening length shows, Disposable Nation, Vis Viva, and The Greatest Show Off Earth to name a few. Ms. Prince has worked with Jack Johnson’s Kokua Foundation to write the musical The Trash Heap, and has presented her work locally and internationally. 
Lynn Barre trained at the New World School of the Arts, and began performing professionally with Freddick Bratcher in Miami, Florida. She went on to perform internationally with Philadanco, Elisa Monte, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Lynn has taught in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Croatia, and Hawaii, and has assisted talented choreographers in staging ballets. She aims to guide students in exploration of their most organic, healthy, and efficient movement patterns within the dance technique, and to enable their fullest range of expression.  
Elizabeth McDonald has had a passionate relationship with the art of dance for most of her life. Since the age of 4 she has been trained in various styles of dance, studying with specialist at workshops and classes in the state, and around the world, including our very own Angel Prince here in Hawaii. Elizabeth has been a member in Prince Dance Theatre since 2007, and a teacher for the Prince Dance Institute for the past 5 years. She is also in her 4th year as dance coach and choreographer at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. She feels that learning from her students is what keeps her passion alive. 
Val Underwood is co-founder and Artistic Director of Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and is distinctive for his equal skill as a voice teacher and a pianist. His international teaching career regularly spans Los Angeles, New York, and London. He guest lectures and conducts Masterclasses throughout the country and his students continually take top honors in major vocal competitions, attend top schools, and can be heard professionally in companies world-wide. The LA Times described his piano playing as “exquisite.” Mr. Underwood has performed in film and television, including Masterpiece Theatre. He has recently home-based in Waimea on the Big Island. 
Christopher Kaimanaokekai Hoopai aka Mana, was born and raised in Hilo. He began his dance journey as a b-boy at the age of seventeen in 2004 when he and a group of friends starting teaching each other how to break dance. He and his friends formed their own dance crew called STC (Shock Therapy Crew), which still exists today, and is stronger than ever. He credits the culture of Hip Hop for allowing him to connect with and teach so many people. Mana started studying various dance styles and taking classes regularly at Center Stage Dance Alliance (CSDA) in 2014. He currently teaches the Advanced B-Boy classes and is a substitute instructor for Beginning B-Boy and Performance Classes for Center Stage and is excited to be joining KPAC this fall.
Noelani Anderson was born and raised in Hamakua where she was exposed to the Performing Arts at a young age, beginning with Hula at age three. Dance, theatre, and music were her principal extracurricular activities throughout middle and high school. Noelani graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy in 2005, where she took lead and ensemble roles in various productions at the Gates Performing Arts Center. She continued on to study Theatre at Chapman University in Southern California, and taught for Kahilu Theatre's K-Art Program. Noelani has been involved in numerous Prince Dance Institute productions as an actor, dancer, and singer, and is thrilled to join KPAC as an acting teacher this year. When Noelani is not at the theatre, she's in the ocean, traveling, playing music, or writing. She has a passion for telling stories through art, and loves to create a space where her students can bring stories to life. 
Leia Lawrence was a student of Kumu Raylene Ha'alelea Lancaster for 13 years. She began teaching hula and Hawaiian culture in 2011 with kumu's blessing. She has completed 2 years of kumu training with Kumu Keala Ching of Kona, Na Wai Iwi Ola, which has culminated into two uniki ceremonies. Hula Halau O Kukui Aloha O Kohala has danced at King Kamehameha Day, and Kohala 'Aina festival for the past two years. They have danced at volcano at the pa hula, and at He lei Hiwi No 'Iolani Luahine Educational Challenge, where they placed third. She teaches many classes each week from keiki to advanced students. Leia encourages each of her students to grow their own Hawaiian garden for lei making, implements, and making dyes. Their goal is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture through dancing, chanting, and share the blessing of hula with everyone! 
Kat Reuss started in theater, music, and dance as a young child.  She has taught children’s theater and has also been an outdoor adventure guide. Kat gained local recognition for her recent performance as Arial in the community production of The Little Mermaid, and is a gifted teacher knowledgeable in various performing arts. She is passionate and energetic about acrobatics and aerial silks, and filled her aerial classes in last years Kahilu season with enthusiastic students.
Beth Dunnington is an acting teacher and professional actor/singer/director from New York. A resident of the Big Island since 2007, she teaches acting at the Kahilu and privately, directs concerts and musicals, performs, and writes. In collaboration with Angel Prince, Beth wrote and starred in Que Suenes Con Las Angelitas, a performance piece that debuted at Kahilu Theatre and then later toured the Hawaiian Islands. They recently performed it at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Beth directed the Kahilu Youth Troupe productions of Sondheim And Friends, Broadway In Hawaii, Back To Broadway, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Godspell, and Grease. She was an actor in the Kahilu Production of The Vagina Monologues and recently played the roles of the Witch in Into The Woods and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where she serves on the faculty as both an acting teacher and stage director. Beth has the great pleasure of being the Director of the Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe, and serving on the Kahilu’s Board Of Directors.
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