Giving Tuesday 2020
Ballet Hawaii gathered an incredible, diverse faculty for a one-of-a-kind Virtual Master Class experience. Our students, along with other students from across the country, logged in to our virtual platform to take ballet classes with amazing guest faculty from around the globe. Our guest faculty included Erica De La O, Sonia Dvorak, Francisco Estevez, Robert Fairchild, Katherine Hartsell, Tracy Jones, Lesley Rausch, Cira Robinson, Margaret Severin-Hansen, Kristopher Wojtera, Danielle Tolmie, Mark Tucker, and Katie Williams.
So much of what we do as artists has become modified by having to dance at home. Our Dancing Inside the Box series gave students the opportunity to create dance designed in their own space and helped them to develop their own unique artistic voice. Each of our dancers was paired with a faculty mentor, with whom they met virtually to choreograph and rehearse their pieces.
Ballet Hawaii has traditionally offered Ballet Princess Camp each summer at our Honolulu and Waipahu studio locations. This year, our teachers redesigned the week-long program to be delivered on a virtual platform to our youngest budding ballerinas. Virtual Ballet Princess Camp brought the joy and magic of ballet directly into our tiny ballerinas’ living rooms!
The amazingly generous Deborah Glazier and Stasia Droze Jost put their incredible talents to work for Ballet Hawaii in creating a beautiful Public Service Announcement on the arts. The creation of #ArtsBeyondCOVID was a collaborative effort that included Ballet Hawaii students, teachers, and amazing community partners.
Due to the amazing generosity of some community partners, Ballet Hawaii has been given access to an outdoor stage that we have been able to adapt for outdoor ballet classes (in compliance with city and state mandates). Our students have been training exclusively on virtual platforms since March, but in October we were able to launch Bluewater Open Ballet Classes!
Help us continue to teach, produce, promote and present dance in Hawaii by making a 100% tax-deductible Giving Tuesday gift through the Donate link below (PayPal and all major credit cards accepted).