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Ballet by day - The tropics by night -
 July 21 –August 10, 2014

Three weeks of discipline, inspiration, and pleasure beginning late July 2014.

SUMMER INTENSIVE offers three levels of training: Advanced, Intermediate and Young Dancers. The Advanced and Intermediate classes meet Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm with rehearsals until approximately 6:30pm and the Young Dancers’ level meets Monday-Friday from 12:00pm – 3:15pm and rehearsals until approximately 6:30pm. The Young Dancers’ level is designed for the younger students ages 7-10 and who are pre-pointe and are taking ballet classes 2 or more times a week.

Rehearsal schedules will be given after the first day of classes during orientation. The classes offered include: Technique, Pointe, Character, Modern, Jazz, Hula and Body Conditioning for the Advanced and Intermediate levels.  

The Young Dancers’ level will include: Technique, Character, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hula and Body Conditioning.

Dancers may have the opportunity to participate in a full-length production of Peter Pan with professional dancers at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, August 8-10. The production showcases the innovative choreography by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet, music by Carmon DeLeone, spectacular costumes and amazing sets. This production promises to be thrilling for the dancers and audiences alike.

Auditions for the performances are held during the first week of Summer Intensive. Few summer ballet intensive programs in the nation provide the caliber of dancers and professional standards that this opportunity offers.  Our Summer Intensive program draws students from around the state, the mainland, and other countries.

The Ballet Hawaii studios are located at 777 S. Hotel St. Suite 101, near Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall and Straub Hospital, off of Ward Ave.

AUDITIONS: Please submit a photo in 1st arabesque position and a DVD of the dancer with your application. The video should not be more than 10 minutes of basic barre and center work. Please include adagio, pirouettes en dedans and en dehors, petite and grand allegro. We ask that female dancers please wear pointe shoes for center if you are on pointe. Video auditions are due by March 1. The video is not returnable unless you provide a self-addressed, stamped mailer. Visiting dancers who wish to audition for Summer Intensive, may arrange an audition time with our Artistic Director during any of the weeks in the session. No audition DVD is needed for BH students.

HOUSING: Student housing arrangements must be handled by each student. Some housing with families of Honolulu students is available upon request.

APPLICATION FORM: Please click here and print our application form to mail.

The summer intensive tuition is $1550.00 for 3 weeks for the Advanced and Intermediate levels. The tuition for the Young Dancer’s level is $825.00 for 3 weeks. Preference will be given to 3 week students first. You must be taking class during our Summer Session or at your ballet school’s Summer Session where you reside to qualify for the intense training. Visiting students will need a letter of confirmation from their teacher.

You must submit a $200.00 non-refundable deposit to hold your place after acceptance. Final payment is due May 1, 2014. Once you have been accepted, you will be able to pay the deposit and remaining tuition online through our secure system. An additional production fee will be charged according to your role if you are cast in Peter Pan.

Please mail all forms, DVDs and payments to our address:

Ballet Hawaii, 777 S. Hotel St. Suite 101, Honolulu, HI 96813

Click here for an APPLICATION FORM (pdf) to Print

Click here to e-mail to request additional information from School Coordinator

Our Summer Intensive Informational video is below.


Our program offers each student the experience of pre-professional dance training with an outstanding guest faculty. In addition, the student dancers have the opportunity to work with exceptional guest artists who come here to participate in Ballet Hawaii's August summer production.

In August 2013, Ballet Hawaii was delighted to culminate our program with the beautiful production of Cinderella choreographed by Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet. Guest artists from the Washington Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Eugene Ballet and American Ballet Theatre graced our stage in the principal roles along with our Summer Intensive students.

Ballet Hawaii was delighted to culminate our program in August 2012, with the spectacular production of Alice (in Wonderland) newly choreographed by Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, and new original score by Matthew Pierce. Guest artists from the Washington, Carolina and Eugene Ballets performed the principal roles with students from the intensive program. New sets by James Kronzer and new costumes by Liz Vandal were provided by the Washington Ballet.

2011 year’s production was “Romeo and Juliet” and starred Lilyan Vigo Ellis and Marcelo Martinez of Carolina Ballet and dancers from the Carolina and Eugene Ballet.

2010 year’s production of “Cool Ballet for a Hot Summer! A Medly of American Dance”, starred Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette of New York City Ballet and Timour Bourtasenkov of Carolina Ballet.

In 2009, the production of Septime Webre’s Peter Pan starred Janessa Touchet and Cervilio Miguel Amador from the Cincinnati Ballet along with Timour Bourtasenkov of Carolina Ballet and dancers from the Washington Ballet.

In 2008, the production of Giselle starred Joaquin De Luz and Tiler Peck of the New York City Ballet in the title roles, along with Tony-Award nominee John Selya and dancers from the New York City Ballet. 

Summer Intensive 2014 Choreographer Peter Pan

Septime Webre, Artistic Director, the Washington Ballet

Septime Webre was appointed artistic director of The Washington Ballet in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Colorado Ballet, among many others.

As a dancer, Mr. Webre was featured in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham, as well as in principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire.

A former member of the board of directors of Dance/USA, Mr. Webre sits on the board of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and has been honored by Young Audiences of the District of Columbia and has received a number of fellowships for his choreography. Mr. Webre is the seventh son in a large Cuban-American family, and he graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History/Pre-Law.

Summer Intensive 2014 Master Teachers will be announced shortly

Summer Intensive 2013

  MARIA VEGH is a noted ballet instructor and author of the book “To Dance”.  Before devoting all her time to teaching she danced professionally with Ballet Repertory Company of New York for 13 years.

Along with David Howard, she co-directed New York’s prestigious Harkness Ballet School beginning in 1971. She established the Pennsylvania Repertory Company and School and then became Director of Marin Ballet School. She now operates her own studio in Petaluma CA and guest teaches extensively throughout the United States and Japan.

  ALAINE HAUBERT  A fourth generation Californian and has the unique distinction of having been associated with America's three major ballet companies. She received her early training at the School of American Ballet, where she studied with the illustrious post-Diaghilev faculty of George Balanchine. After graduation from high school she performed with San Francisco's Pacific Ballet, then joined the National touring company of Camelot.

In 1965 Alaine joined American Ballet Theatre, where she performed corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles. In 1969 she joined the Joffrey Ballet as principal dancer dancing leading roles in many ballets, including The Green Table, The Dream, The Moor's Pavane, The Three Cornered Hat, and Le Beau Danube.  After nearly a decade with the Joffrey Ballet, a serious back injury ended Alaine's performing career, and she began teaching and coaching internationally.   

In 1986 Alaine moved to Hawaii, where she was on faculty at the University of Hawaii for seven years.  In 1993 she returned to New York as Ballet Mistress for ABT, where she coached, instructed and rehearsed America's leading dancers. In more recent years Alaine has been on faculty at Cal State Long Beach, and has offered Master classes throughout the United States. She continues her association with ABT, and annually travels the USA, auditioning dancers for the ABT Summer Intensives.

Alaine was Artistic Director for the ABT Detroit Summer Intensive for 15 years, and now directs the ABT Summer Intensive at North Carolina School of the Arts. She also is an advisor for the ABT National Training Curriculum.  Alaine has been an adjudicator for RDA Pacific, Southwest and Northeast regions, and continues to travel world-wide, offering Master classes, coaching, adjudicating and scouting for future ballet professionals.

TIMOUR BOURTASENKOV began his professional education with the Moldavian Opera House and the Bolshoi Ballet. Upon coming to America he danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and the New York based Daring Project. In 1998, Mr. Bourtasenkov joined Carolina Ballet as a Principal dancer and founding member of the company. His repertory includes ballets by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Mikhail Fokine, Leonid Massine, August Bournonville, Arthur Saint-Leon, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, Peter Martins, Robert North, Margo Sappington, William Forsyth, Richard Tanner, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon, and Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director, Robert Weiss, has created numerous principal roles for him in the company’s extensive repertory.

His ballets include Light and Dark, sections of Messiah, Rag House, Elements, Memories, Visions, Intrigue, Dance of the Spirits, Fallen Dreams, Slavonic Dances, Tango! Tango! Tango!, Vivaldia’s Gloria, Dances for Piano and Violin, Walpurgisnacht, and Calderiana. Mr. Bourtasenkov won the Bronze Medal in the VII Massako Ohyo World Ballet Competition of Osaka, Japan and the V International Competition of Paris, France. In 1996, he filmed Little Red Ridinghood for the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2006 he was named Assistant Professor at East Carolina University where he choreographed Listianna, Provocative Monologs, and Swan Fake.

  LUIS TORRES - The Washington Ballet Repetiteur, Dancer LUIS R. TORRES, of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is in his ninth season with The Washington Ballet. Prior to joining TWB, Mr. Torres was a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Annapolis in Maryland, and performed as a soloist and principal dancer with Ballet Arizona for six seasons. Roles have been created for him by a number of choreographers including Moses Pendleton, Ib Anderson, Dwight Rhoden and Alonzo King.

Mr. Torres began his training in Puerto Rico under the direction of Elizabeth Calero before accepting a scholarship transfer to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Featured roles include Snow King, Drosselmeyer and Anacostian Man in The Nutcracker, Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, Lord Capulet in Romeo + Juliet and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Mr. Torres completed his bachelor's degree of interdisciplinary studies in dance and psychology at Arizona State University.

  MORGANN ROSE,  Lake Forest, CA, is in her twelfth season with The Washington Ballet after dancing one season with Elliot Feld's Ballet Tech in New York City. She began her training with Rebecca Wright, Tania Lichine and David Allen. She received scholarships to several prominent summer programs including the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and National Ballet of Canada.

Ms. Rose graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program before joining her first ballet company. In addition to dancing with The Washington Ballet, she has been a guest artist with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Carolina Ballet, City Dance Ensemble and ARKA Ballet. Some of her principal roles include Myrta in Giselle, Snow Queen in Septime Webre's The Nutcracker, Effe in La Sylphide and Choleric in The Four Temperaments. Recently, Ms. Rose has become a certified Gyrotonic instructor.


- began her dance training in Hawaii. She studied and performed at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with Dances We Dance Company and Hawaii Dance Theatre. Moving to New York she performed on Broadway, with the Uncompany as the lead dancer in the Yul Brynner production of The King and I, and in a tour of The King and I, starring Rudolph Nureyev.

Returning to Hawaii, Takazawa was co-director of Danceworks Honolulu, which was selected as the 1994 People’s Choice Awards "Best Dance Company." Ms. Takazawa is a freelance choreographer and teaches jazz, ballet, modern and street dance at local dance studios and fitness centers. She is presently Ballet Mistress and resident choreographer for the Tau Dance Theatre and on the faculty of Ballet Hawaii.

  DEREK DANIELS has over 30-years experience in the entertainment industry as a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor, singer, director and currently producer, president and owner of an Entertainment Production Company. He has worked around the world including 10-years in Europe, 6-years in the U.S, 2-years in Japan and 14-years in Hawaii.

He has earned international status of orchestrating and being part of top quality shows with the accomplishments in Theater, Dance, Stage, Television, Film, Fashion and Music. Credits includes the Broadway musical CATS, Cirque Du Soleil, television series FAME, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, choreographer and back-up vocalist for GRACE JONES (8-years), Euro-Disney, French dinner cabaret Le Paradis Latin and numerous commercials, conventions, music videos, dance concerts and fashion shows.

An entrepreneur, a versatile performer and a 2007 Po’okele Award Winner: “Choreographer”, Derek Daniels has always briought a distinctive style, vision and movement to every show, event and project that he creates and/or is a part of.


  YVONNE YANAGIHARA has a Bachelors degree in Marketing with a minor in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She trained with Nolan Dingman in Orlando, Florida in the late 80s. She was the ballet instructor for the female water-ski team at Sea World in Florida and The Columbus Dance Center in 1987, and was the dance instructor at the American School in Japan for four summers in the early 90’s.

Over the last 13 years Yvonne has appeared locally performing in numerous Diamond Head Theatre musicals, and productions for Lisa Matsumoto's Ohia Productions.
  NATALIYA ANDRIYEVSKA is originally from Ukraine where she received her choreographic education from Kherson Cultural College, Ukraine. She began her career with various venues touring throughout Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Greece and Macedonia as a ballet, historical ballroom, musical theater, modern and character folk dancer. 

Since Nataliya moved to Hawaii in 2001, she has been involved as a dancer, teacher, and/or choreographer with Hawaii Opera Theater, Army Community Theater, NIX PAC, Mardi Gras Follies, and Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Since 2006 Nataliya has had the pleasure of teaching creative dance and ballet classes for beginners, and also character dance during Summer Intensive at Ballet Hawaii in Kapolei, Wahiawa, and Honolulu.

  MATHAIS MAAS, Acting,  started his theatre career in fourth grade in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Cinderella. He holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Communications from Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota.

Currently a teacher at Diamond Head Theatre's Musical theatre experience, he has also worked at Honolulu Theatre for Youth for 8 years, assisting with their youth theatre programming such as Young at Art, and their Summer Session Programming.

He has taught Punahou summer school, Intro to Drama. Mathias is a member of the dance-mask-theatre troupe Monkey Waterfall, a member of HālauMōhala ‘Ilima, and a regular actor-improvisor for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Dave & Busters. Recent performing credits include August: Osage County (MVT), Around the World in 80 Days (MVT), Ibsen’s Ghosts (TAG), The Sound of Music (DHT), The Reindeer Monologues (HRT), Frost/Nixon (MVT), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (HSF), King Lear (HSF), and The Joy Luck Club (KKT).


  ELYSE M STEVENS, born and raised in Hilo, began her study of dance at Island Dance Academy at the age of 4. In 2006 she began teaching ballet, pointe and jazz at IDA and has choreographed for several of their annual productions. In 2004, Elyse studied and performed at the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Dance Ensemble and in 2008 she graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts - Dance Emphasis.

Elyse has also instructed dance classes and workshops at the Gull Pointe Community Center in Pensacola, Florida and through the CCECS program at UH Hilo. In 2012, Elyse recently earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During her MFA candidacy, she performed in several Footholds and Mainstage productions and instructed beginning ballet technique to the students of the university. 


  PAUL WESCOTT, Yoga Instructor, got his Certification for Hatha Yoga teacher in New York after a year of practicing yoga in San Francisco, CA and realizing how tight his limbs were. So he knows what we all go through regarding the adjustments one has to make in breathing, posture pains, tightness and trauma that the human body condition itself to as years go by.

A yoga instructor that lives the lifestyle with daily practices of meditation, chanting, pranayama (breathing exercises) reading ancient texts on the science of yoga from India like the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam and following a vegetarian nutrition program, specializing in beginner and intermediate levels for a broad and diverse population, from the beginner to the fit in all shapes and sizes. Has a keen sense for delivering precise instructions and posture correction.

He has taught yoga in the corporate fitness industry in the past 13 years which includes 24 HRS fitness, Gold's Gym, Honolulu Club, HMSA, and The Tin man triathalon. He presently teaches at Clark Hatch fitness and First Hawaiian Bank main branch. Expect to feel energized, a delighted sense of euphoria, relaxed and an energized a connection with your body, mind and spirit.

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