All dance classes are held at Paradise Performing Arts Center @ 29 Shipman Street #202, Hilo HI 96720.

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Students will begin to understand certain concepts of ballet technique to lay the foundation for further study of classical ballet. Throughout the semester students will learn movement such as turning, jumping, articulation, etc.

Instructor: Sarah Dunaway

Keiki Ballet/Tap (Ages 4-7)  Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm
30 minutes each of Ballet and Tap basics with a focus on body awareness, listening skills, coordination, musicality, partner and prop play and improvisation. Ballet and Tap shoes required.

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Beg/Int Contemporary Ballet (Ages 8-14) – Tuesdays 5:15 – 6:15pm
Students will learn basic ballet and modern steps through different technique styles from Martha Graham, George Balanchine and others. We will utilize barre and center exercises into combinations that will strengthen the students’ technique.

Instructor: Sarah Dunaway


Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Becoming a ballet dancer requires years of training. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures to evolve the art.

Keiki Ballet:
Exploring the world of classical ballet. Classes will introduce exploratory movement, proper alignment, and vocabulary.