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Ballet by day - The tropics by night -
 July 20 –August 9, 2015

Three weeks of discipline, inspiration, and pleasure beginning late July 2015.

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 Alice (in Wonderland) with professional dancers at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, August 7-9. The production showcases the innovative choreography by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet, music by Matthew Pierce, spectacular costumes by Liz Vandal, and amazing sets by James Kronzer, puppet design by Eric Van Wyk and Flying by Foy. 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 February 1, 2015. 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. All live auditions must be done by February 1, 2015.

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 $1575.00 for 3 weeks for the Advanced and Intermediate levels. The tuition for the Young Dancer’s level is $850.00 for 3 weeks. 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 by February 15, 2015. Final payment is due May 1, 2015. 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 Alice (in Wonderland).

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

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


Peter Pan rehearsals & Summer Intensive 2014

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 2014 Ballet Hawaii was delighted to culminate our program with the magical production of Septime Webre's Peter Pan and wonderful musical score by Carmen DeLeone with guest artists from the Washington Carolina and Eugene Ballet companies.

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.


Photos by Joe Marquez

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 2015 Choreographer Alice (in Wonderland)

Septime Webre, Artistic Director, the Washington Balle




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 2015 Alice (in Wonderland Répétiteurs

Morgann Rose

  The Washington Ballet: Répétiteur, from Lake Forest, CA, is in her 13th 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.


Luis Torres
LUIS TORRES - The Washington Ballet Répétiteur, Dancer of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is in his tenth 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.

Summer Intensive 2015

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.

  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 brought a distinctive style, vision and movement to every show, event and project that he creates and/or is a part of.


is originally from Riverside, CA. She began her dance training at Riverside Ballet Arts, then went on to succeed in company schools such as California Riverside Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School for Dance Education, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and the dance department at University of California, Irvine.

Her professional career started in traditional Russian folk dance for The All Authentic Russian Souvenir Dance Co. She then went on to dance in various shows and parades at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and The Walt Disneyworld Resort. She also worked for various entertainment companies based in Los Angeles which gave her the opportunity to perform on cruise ships, at conventions, and other various productions. Giselle enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of dance through her life mantra. Live your dream!  
  LAURIE LACOUR grew up in Victoria, Texas where she trained with Debbe Busby. Her training also includes American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and Boston Ballet on scholarship. Laurie holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma, where upon graduation she received the F. Donald Clark Award for the highest distinction in the OU College of Fine Arts.

Laurie danced professionally for Ballet Nouveau Colorado from 2005-2009. Prior to BNC, Laurie danced with Corpus Christi Concert Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. Laurie has choreographed for Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Del Mar College Dance Ensemble.

During her professional career Laurie guested nationally and internationally performing roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Laurie's teaching resume includes Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, the School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Premier School of Dance, and Victoria Ballet Theatre. Laurie is also a certified yoga instructor, Zumba instructor, and holistic health and wellness coach.

  Maiqui Mañosa began her training in her homeland, the Philippines, under the direction of her mother Inday Gaston Mañosa and the late Totoy de Oteyza.

Ms. Mañosa joined the Atlanta Ballet in 1980. She advanced to principal dancer where she was recognized for her performances in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Dennis Nahat’s Copella as Swanilda, Midsummer’s Night Dream as Tatania, Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid as the Sweetheart, Lyn Taylor Corbett’s Escape, Fernand Nault’s world renowned Carmina Burana and La Fille Mal Gardee as Lizette.

Ms. Mañosa received wide acclaim for her interpretation of Tom Pazik’s Romeo and Juliet and his world premiere of Madame Butterfly with the Philippine Ballet Theater in the role of CioCio-san. Pazik created this ballet for Maiqui.

Atlanta Ballet’s Director, Robert Barnett featured Maiqui in several Balanchine, including the Dark Angel in Serenade, the Siren in Prodigal Son, Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux, Four Temperaments, Allegro Brillante, Concerto Barrocco, Scotch Symphony, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes and Tarantella and Themes & Variations.

Ms. Mañosa was chosen to represent the Philippines in a cultural exchange program with China. Performing with the Central Ballet of China, she was warmly received and widely acclaimed by Chinese audience and critics.

Ms. Mañosa was invited to work with the Singapore Dance Theater (SDT) as ballet mistress, where she staged Graham Lustig’s Cinderella. Apart from Mr. Lustig, Maiqui also worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Val Caniparoli [San Francisco Ballet], John Paul Comelin and the late Choo San Goh [Washington Ballet]. She returned to the United States and joined the faculty of Rock School for Dance Education where she became Principal Teacher. She worked at the Rock School for four years and now teaches as a permanent guest.

Currently, Ms. Mañosa stages ballets for Val Caniparoli both in the US and internationally. She has staged Mr. Caniparoli’s works with American Repertory Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater, Texas Ballet Theater and Tulsa Ballet. One of her more memorable experiences was in Moscow coaching Bolshoi Ballet’s ballerina Anastasia Volochkova in Val Caniparoli’s ballet “Lambarena.”

She has also returned to her beginnings with Atlanta Ballet as a stager and coach upon the invitation of Artistic Director John Mcfall. Ms.Mañosa has restaged John Mcfall’s “Nutcracker” and Fernand Nault’s world renouned “Carmina Burana.” She continues her guest teaching in summer workshops around the country.

  Kumu Kaliko (Claudia Kalikolehuaiukaomānoa Pizzino)

Kumu Kaliko was born in New York City but her formative years were spent in Europe and Canada. In 1972, she graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in Special Education. She has been a Pan American World Airways flight attendant and a United Airlines purser and has lived in Honolulu for the past forty years.

Her introduction to ballet at the age of five in Stockholm, Sweden sparked a passion for dance that has continued to the present day. In 2003, she began studying hula `auwana and hula kahiko with Kumu Edward Kalāhiki at Nā Punahele o Hāluakaiamoana. She accomplished the three major trials of hula kahiko.

Hula ūniki as Kumu Hula Papa Kukui November, 2014.

Permission to teach hula `auwana class was granted by Kumu Kalāhiki, Nā Punahele o Hāluakaiamoana, 2015.



  MARGARET SEVERIN-HANSEN began her ballet training at Huntington School of Ballet on Long Island. She was accepted into the School of American Ballet in 1993 and trained there until she was taken into Carolina Ballet in 1998. She spent six weeks in the summer of 1998 with the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen beore joining Carolina Ballet as a founding member.

At Carolina Ballet, Ms. Severin-Hansen has danced the majority of the ballets in the repertory. She began as an apprentice and worked her way very quickly through the ranks to principal dancer. Artistic Director Robert Weiss and guest choreographers (including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon and Damian Woetzel) have created ballets on Ms. Severin-Hansen at Carolina Ballet and she has been singled out repeatedly by the critics for her artistry and technical merit. Timour Bourtasenkov and Attila Bongar, both principal dancers at Carolina Ballet, have created ballets on Severin-Hansen.

Ms. Severin-Hansen's principal roles include Juliet, the Firebird, Swanhilda, Cinderella, Carmen, Odette/Odile, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Sylph and Princess Aurora. Robert Weiss created Jeu de Cartes on Severin-Hansen in 2002, a pas de deux inSwan Lake in 2005 (for which she received national acclaim), a movement of The Gardens of Givernyin January 2007, and Adagio, a pas de deux to music by Tomaso Albinoni in 2007. During the summer of 2008 Weiss created a movement of Time Gallery on Severin-Hansen, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett choreographed Code of Silence on her. Both ballets premiered at the end of the company's summer residency on the campus of UNC Wilmington.

Ms. Severin-Hansen's Balanchine repertory includesApollo, Allegro, Brilliante, Valse Fantaise, Rubies, Donizetti Variations, Concerto Barocco, Who Cares?, Raymonda Variations, Square Dance, Divertimento 15, Agon, Steadfast Tin Soldier andTarantella.

In January of 2009, Ms. Severin-Hansen was one of eight graduates of the School of American Ballet personally invited by Peter Martins to perform with New York City Ballet dancers in the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the school. She danced Tarantellawith New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht.

  MARIE TAKAZAWA - 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.

  DANIELLE TOLMIE is originally from Connecticut where she received her training at Connecticut Dance School. She attended various summer programs including Boston Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet. Danielle graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a BS in Business Management.

Since joining the company in 2008, Danielle has been featured in Jessica Lang's Solo in Nine Parts, as the Nazi woman in Mauricio Wainrot's Anne Frank, and the Spanish dancer in The Nutcracker.

This past season Danielle performed in pas de trois and Lead Swan in Swan Lake and as Mowgli's Mother in Toni Pimble's acclaimed new work, Mowgli–The Jungle Book Ballet.


  MARK TUCKER grew up in Hawaii and continued his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned a BFA in Classical Ballet with a minor in Modern Dance.

Mark has performed in many well-known classics including George Balanchine's Rubies, as well as contemporary works such as Stanton Welch's Bruiser, Heather Maloy's Stranger, and Salvatore Aiello'sJourney. He was featured as the Head Wrangler in Agnes De Mille's Rodeo.

This past season he was featured as the lead male in Gerald Arpino's Light Rainand premiered the role of Baloo the Bear in Toni Pimble's Mowgli–The Jungle Book Ballet. He also likes James Bond.


  CRYSTAL YUKUMOTO was born in Hawaii and began her classical ballet training in Europe. She received her BFA and Masters of Education degrees from Texas Christian University. She has danced professionally with domestic and international dance companies such as: Ballet Frontier, Commedia Ballet Theater, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, New World Ballet, North Texas Ballet Theatre, and Skånes Dansteater in Sweden.

Crystal has taught ballet at various studios in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex as well as for the Swedish National Ballet School in Malmö, Sweden. She has also taught ballroom dance through the Dancing Classrooms North Texas program, and is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor. Crystal just got married and has moved to Honolulu from Texas.

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