MISSION: We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization striving to provide high quality education and instruction in dance and performing arts to the local youth and the Big Island community.
VISION: Every Big Island family empowered through dance and performing arts opportunities.
Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Fair regard for the feelings, rights, and traditions of others is expected at all times.
We operate professionally and ethically at all times with sincerity in our actions.
We choose to be positive. We believe in creating a supportive environment where joy and happiness is cultivated and shared between all students, staff, teachers and families.
We commit to offering an inclusive and accessible multi-genre dance education, while providing dance and performing arts growth opportunities for all.
The community serves as our foundation and we serve our community. Collaboration is at the heart of creating a positive and meaningful social impact for our dance families and in our community.
Organized as a non-profit entity in February, 2016 by founding parents of children involved in dance for 4-6 years each, who were displaced by the closing of their dance studio in Kealakekua. A Board of Directors was formed from these families and a location established. IRS Determination of 501c3 status, was recieved in September, 2017. Kona Dance and Performing Arts operates from Kealakekua, in the area of South Kona and collaborates with other non-profit entities, establishments in the arts across the County of Hawaii.
The mission at Kona Dance and Performing Arts is to strive to provide high quality education and
instruction in dance and performing arts to the local youth and the Big Island community. KDPA maintains and operates through a primary program, the Youth After School Dance Program, which serves local youth, ages of three to eighteen. KDPA fulfills its mission by offering multi genre dance classes such as pre-ballet, ballet, tap, Jazz, hip hop, contemporary, breakdance and musical theater at affordable rates.
KDPA believes strongly that arts education is not a luxury but is imperative for developing the mind, body, and spirit of each individual. Creative expression, especially for the young, provides the building blocks of childhood development by filling the need to express creativity while providing a safe environment. This benefits students’ motor skills, visual learning skills, language development, decision making, inventiveness, and cultural awareness, bringing well- adjusted adults into our community.