Ballet Hawaii | Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know what level to apply my child for?
Students ages 3-4 are placed according to their age in Creative Movement or Creative Dance. If they are between the ages of 5 – 7 and have experience they will be required to take a placement class.

Since classes for that age group are popular we ask that you make an appointment with the school coordinator for you and your child come in to observe or take a placement class.

We will confirm a specific date based on the school coordinator’s availability. You will be required to fill out an online application form by going to and clicking on Online Application on our Home page. If there is a waiting list for that class your child will be placed on the list and will be let in according to the date they came to observe the class or filled out an online application.

For students over 7 – 16, (experience or no experience) they will be required to take a placement class.

How do I sign my child up for classes?
Application for classes can take place in person or by mail once the class level is determined.

The class tuition including a non-refundable registration fee must be paid to confirm placement in the class.

When do classes begin and end?
Our 36-week program begins in late August and ends approximately the last week of May. Please check our calendar for specific dates.

We have 3 – 12 week sessions and they run according to the seasons of the year. Summer Session is 10 weeks or 7 weeks according to the level the student is in.

Fall Session (12 weeks)

Winter Session (12 weeks)

Spring Session (12 weeks)

Summer Session (10 weeks) for Tutu, Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, Tweens and Teens and Musical Theatre I & II. All Kapolei and Wahiawa studios – Creative Movement, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Ballet I – VII are 10 weeks.

Summer Session (7 weeks) for Ballet II – VIII at our main Honolulu School

Summer Intensive (3 weeks) for Ballet II – VII at our main Honolulu School (ages 7-18) (must audition if not a BH student) in person or by DVD. Please see our section on Summer Intensive.

What types of dance lessons other than ballet do you offer students?
We are primarily a classical ballet school. We do offer Musical Theatre, Men’s ballet and have visiting master teachers for our older levels frequently.
At what age do you begin to offer classes?
We start teaching children at age 3. They must be the appropriate age by September 1st of the school year to participate in the Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet Division (ages 4-6). Students age 7 enter into the Ballet I level. Students ages 8 and up must attend a placement class to determine their appropriate technique level. We offer classes from levels Ballet one through Ballet seven level. Ballet VII is by audition only.

Do you offer scholarships?
Scholarships are offered based on demonstrated financial need and are available to students who have attended the Ballet Hawaii for one or more years. A committee meets and awards scholarships in mid – July for the upcoming school year. Please call the artistic director for further information.
How many classes must my child take a week?
Student’s ages 4-7 are only required to take one class per week. All other students (ages 8 and up) must take at least two ballet technique classes a week. Students are required to take all classes designated for their technical level.
Is there a deadline for applications or are they ongoing?
Applications are ongoing throughout the year. We strongly advise early application for current students to hold a spot for your child in the classes, as they do tend to have waiting lists.

Do you have performance opportunities?
Students who are registered for the Spring Session are required to perform in our Spring Showcase, as the piece they perform is a class project and is practiced in class. Please refer to the school calendar for performance dates. There is a performance fee for all those who perform.
When are auditions for the Nutcracker and what are the requirements?
Auditions for Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker are typically in September. All students auditioning must be 6 years of age by the audition date. Students do not have to prepare a routine to audition. There is no pre-registration. All paperwork will be available at the audition. If chosen for a role, each dancer and a parent or guardian will be required to sign a contract confirming their commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule. It is important that each family understand the demands and rewards of participating in a major production. There is a performance fee for all those who perform. Students that are cast in our Nutcracker performance are required to be in our year round sessions.
When do you hold auditions for your summer programs?
Auditions for our summer programs begin in January and run through March at our studios. If unable to attend an audition class in person, please submit video, dance resume, and photos (an arabesque and tendu in second) along with an Audition Form (forms are available online at The video does not need to be more than 10 minutes and can be from a class showing barre and center work and include: adagio; pirouettes both endehor and endedans; petite and grand allegro; and pointe work for the ladies. You can also include excerpts from production where we can clearly see your technique. For other information, call the 808-521-8600 or email us at [email protected] The audition fee will be applied to the tuition if the student is accepted and enrolls in the program.
What is the Adult division?
The Adult division allows people ages 16 and up the chance to either begin or continue their dance training. No registration or commitment is required. You can pay as you go on a per class basis. The open classes for beginning adults and those with more experience are offered in ballet. Intermediate level classes are offered in Tap and Modern.
What age do you start Pointe classes?
This is determined after consultation with the Artistic Director and based on each student’s technical and physical development.