Keeping the arts alive: Prince Dance Institute announces in-studio classes

  • This fall, Prince Dance Institute is offering more than 25 performing arts classes at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. (Photos by Sarah Anderson/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Prince Dance Institute’s offerings are the disciplines of dance, musical theater, aerial arts, and acrobatics, with classes available for all ages and skill levels.

  • This fall, Prince Dance Institute is offering more than 25 performing arts classes at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Performance opportunities are available for interested students. (Steven Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

This fall, Prince Dance Institute is offering more than 25 performing arts classes at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

Represented in the offerings are the disciplines of dance, musical theater, aerial arts, and acrobatics, with classes available for all ages and skill levels. Performance opportunities are available for interested students.

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In addition to regular Prince Dance Institute favorites such as “Hip Hop” and “Aerial Silks,” the school is branching out with some fresh new classes like “How to Make a Podcast,” and “Yoga and Anatomy for the Performer.”

“I know everyone has missed the in-person learning experience, and we can’t wait to be in the theater together again,” said PDI Artistic Director Angel Prince. “We are living in unprecedented times, and now more than ever — creativity, positivity, self-expression, and connection are the tools we need to navigate our world.”

So how does that look in the current COVID-19 world?

Class sizes have been reduced, and everyone must wear masks. A rigorous cleaning and sanitation regimen is also being implemented to provide the safest environment possible for students and staff.

“While we feel it is important to get back into the studio, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our community of performers to come together to express ourselves,” said Prince. “Health and safety are paramount, and we have created new policies and procedures based on local and federal guidelines that we will update as needed. We will do whatever it takes to keep the arts alive while also keeping everyone healthy and safe — dancers are nothing if not flexible!”

Prince Dance Institute instructors include Angel Prince, Becca Barrett, Chris “Mana” Ho’opai, Debra McGee, Elizabeth Brawner, Julie Young, Kalena Zindric, Kat Reuss, and Noelani Anderson.

Registration for classes is now open, and scholarships are available for qualifying students. The scholarship application deadline is Aug. 28.

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The semester begins Sept. 8 and runs weekly through Dec. 17. Classes are conducted on the Kahilu Theatre Main Stage and in the Mike Luce Studio and are held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, call Julie Young at (808) 452-3837 or visit www.princedanceinstitute.com.

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