Kahilu Performing Arts Classes Registration Open

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Contemporary dance class at Kahulu Theatre. Photo: StevenRoby

Contemporary dance class at Kahulu Theatre. Photo: StevenRoby

Registration for the fall semester of Kahilu Performing Arts Classes is now open.

The semester begins Wednesday, Sept. 7, and classes run through Thursday, Dec.15, concluding with a music and theatre showcase on Saturday, Dec. 17.

There are 26 classes being offered for the fall semester, including the addition of four new classes—Dance Improv & Choreo, Backstage Tech, Conditioning and Acting the Song.

Formerly Prince Dance Institute and smArt Academy, these two programs have merged into the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes.


Directed by Angel Prince, former artistic director of Prince Dance Institute, this newly renamed Kahilu Theatre education program will continue to offer excellence in training in the performing arts with many of the same teachers and classes returning for the new semester.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday between 3 and 7:30 p.m. on the main stage and in the Mike Luce Studio.

Scholarships applications for qualifying students will be accepted through Sept. 1.

A panel will review applications and notification will be sent to all applicants before classes begin on Sept. 7.


For more information regarding class schedules, registration, fees and scholarship information, call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at (808) 885-6868 or go online.

New Classes

Dance Improv & Choreo is a fun and explorative class that will use interactive games as a tool to create movement, enhance creativity and inspire new ideas. Basic composition lessons will aid in developing individual creative expression in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Backstage Tech is a hands-on, audio-visual class for those interested in theater production experience. Students will learn the basics of lighting, sound, set building and various technical performing arts world skills. There is no experience needed to join this class.


Conditioning class optimizes neuromuscular connections, alignment, strength and flexibility. It supports dancers in training or anyone wishing to move with the skill and grace of a dancer. An ideal after-ballet class, all levels of experience are welcome to join to lengthen, tone and reconnect.

Acting the Song is a musical theatre class that will teach students a technique for working on and performing songs from musicals. The same method acting technique that Beth Dunnington teaches in acting class will apply to this musical theatre class. Students will work on individual songs and one group number, both of which they will have the opportunity to perform in the Dec. 17 showcase at the Kahilu. Students will be welcome and encouraged to audition for the June Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe production of 13: The Musical.

Complete List of Fall Semester Kahilu Performing Arts Classes

  • Trapeze 1, Trapeze 2
  • Contemporary 1, Contemporary 2, Contemporary 3,
  • Aerial Silks 1, Aerial Silks 2, Aerial Silks 3, Aerial Silks 4
  • Keiki Dance
  • Ballet 1, Ballet 2
  • Hip Hop 1, Hip Hop 2
  • Breakdancing
  • Hula 1, Hula 2
  • Dance Improv & Choreo
  • Theatre Games
  • Singing
  • Acting the Song
  • Acting Technique & Improv
  • Circus Arts
  • Conditioning
  • Backstage Production
  • KPAC Faculty
  • Angel Prince (Director of KPAC): Contemporary, Improv and Choreography
  • Noelani Anderson: Theatre Games
  • Lynn Barre: Ballet and Conditioning
  • Paul Buckley: Backstage Tech
  • Beth Dunnington: Acting Technique and Acting the Song
  • Graham Ellis: Circus Arts
  • Chris “Mana” Ho’opai: Hip Hop and Break Dancing
  • Leia Lawrence: Hula
  • Elizabeth McDonald: Contemporary and Trapeze
  • Kat Reuss: Aerial silks
  • Victoria Roos: Aerial silks
  • Val Underwood: Singing

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