To provide high quality education and instruction in dance and performing arts to the local youth and the Big Island community
Every Big Island family empowered through dance and performing arts
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.
In February 2016, a dedicated group of parents formed Kona Dance and Performing Arts, a nonprofit arts organization to continue dance education in South Kona. An opportunity to secure a studio in the heart of Kealakekua became available and the journey began of continuing dance for our local youth and Big Island community.
Kona Dance & Performing Arts is recognized as a 501c3 non-profit and through the work of our vision we aim to empower Hawai’i Island families by providing opportunities for children and teens to explore creative expression through dance and other performance arts within a safe space. This exploration of the creative arts will help students develop skills they will need as adults, including discipline, problem solving, creative thinking, and dedication to a goal shared with others.
Our primary offering is a Youth After School Dance and Performing Arts Program, which serves the youth of North and South Kona from ages three to eighteen. Students receive instruction in multi-genre dance classes, including pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, breakdance, and musical theater. This is the most diverse selection of dance opportunities on the Island of Hawai’i. In addition, we offer various class series in contemporary dance and ballet for adults in the community as well as a special program in Dance for Parkinson’s for adults dealing with this condition.
Kona Dance is governed by a six-member Board of Directors and has two full-time employees (a managing director and studio manager) and one part-time front desk administrator. The regular teaching faculty is composed of eleven professional dancers who are trained in a variety of genres and styles. In addition, visiting artists are brought in regularly throughout the year to offer workshops and master classes that extend opportunities for students to hone their skills and inspire their study. Kona Dance puts on an annual concert in May at Kahilu Theater in Waimea, both to offer performance opportunities for students and to share dance with the community. In addition to the annual concert, students have been afforded performance opportunities throughout the year at local festivals and events and in collaboration with other arts organizations. All of these opportunities have been coordinated by the managing director, with volunteer assistance by the Board and family members.
Kona Dance and Performing Arts believes strongly that arts education is not a luxury but is imperative for developing the mind, body, and spirit of each individual.