Striving to provide high quality instruction and education in dance and performing arts to the local youth and the Big Island community.
Managing Director - Heidi Noche is a versatile dance artist hailing from Oakland, California where she began dancing when she was a teenager. The majority of her training is from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied contemporary dance and then went on to choreograph pieces for professional dancers and tour with dance companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heidi has been an advocate for the performing arts for over twenty years, with a personal mission to instill peace in the world through arts education, specifically with the universal language of dance. This mission has taken her into multiple schools both in California and in Hawai'i, specifically Holualoa Elementary and Ho'okena Elementary, where she introduces the joy of dance and movement to keiki not otherwise exposed to the performing arts. Heidi's experience as a dancer, teacher, and as a dance parent makes her the perfect well-rounded candidate for our Managing Director. She is honored to take on this role because she wants to see happy and expressive families that feel empowered to participate in the community. When her husband asked her twelve years ago if she wanted to dance after she took a hiatus to nurse an injury, she was unsure of what direction her life would take. But six years ago when her daughter, now eleven, fell deeply in love with dance, Heidi entered back into the dance world in a new role - as a dance mom. Today, Heidi has stepped into the role of an active and passionate dance parent as well as Managing Director of our nonprofit arts organization. With multiple points of view within the dance world, everything has now come full circle, and Heidi is excited for all of the artistic input and vision she can provide for Kona Dance and Performing Arts. She is also a budding photographer, and we are very lucky to have her document our classes, events, and community performances. We are thrilled to have Heidi's energetic passion for both dance and life inspire everyone who walks through our doors.
Artistic Director - Amanda Trusty has been a facilitator for the performing arts for over ten years. With a degree in musical theatre and a lifetime of performing arts experience, she comes to Kona Dance and Performing Arts with a mission to use dance, music, and theatre as a vehicle for communication and change. Outside of her professional performance and choreography career up and down the east coast, Amanda founded a non-profit theatre company in 2006 called Company 1B. Company 1B produced the first revival of Lucky Stiff in New York City since its Broadway debut in 1988. She has continued to work in theatre in multiple capacities including stage management, costume design, production, and of course, choreography. She has also facilitated retreats and workshops for female empowerment since 2013. Her experiences as an professional artist, writer, and advocate make her an excellent creative liaison and visionary for our nonprofit arts organization. She sees South Kona as a creative community that is perfect for fostering the performing arts both in the youth and adults, and she is a great asset to our student body.