Cool Ballet For A Hot Summer Next Month
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ballet Hawai‘i presenting, promoting and developing dance in the state.
Ballet Hawai‘i started life as The Friends of the Ballet and served as the support group to Honolulu City Ballet. In 1979, as a result of funding cuts, the Honolulu City Ballet ceased to exist. The Friends of the Ballet, however, remained active.
This saw the beginning of the school and Pam Taylor Tongg, who was hired as artistic director for the newly reformed Ballet Hawai‘i.
Ballet Hawai‘i started with 12 students and has grown to almost 500 people of all ages training in two locations: South Hotel Street and Waipahu.
The impact of their work is immense! The daily training and disciplines found within dance stay with students throughout their lives. Observing students at work, you can see the positive impact this creative environment generates.
Executive director John Parkinson offers wise advice: “Please keep your children away from us if you don’t want them to develop discipline, performance skills and appreciation for an art form they may love all their lives!”
There are many success stories with students achieving their dreams. Two students have places in Julliard and North Carolina School of the Performing Arts. Another former student was accepted into the second company of Carolina Ballet.
One of the most impactful programs Ballet Hawai‘i offers is its Angel Program. Tickets and transportation are provided at no cost to students of Title I schools and families of deployed military personnel.
Ballet Hawai‘i is a non and tuition account for about two-thirds of the cost to operate the company, and the other one-third comes from donations, grants and sponsorships.
Ballet Hawai‘i is holding a 40th anniversary Ruby Gala at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Tickets are available for this special event at ballethawaii. org.
On Aug. 3 and 4, Ballet Hawai‘i presents Cool Ballet for a Hot Summer at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, the - line at ticketmaster.com/coolballet-for-a-hot-summer-tickets/artist/2393618.
Time spent at a Ballet Hawai‘i performance offers a timeless way to elevate the soul.
To find out more about Ballet Hawai‘i, visit ballethawaii.org or call 521-8600.
Ballet Hawai‘i presents its 40th annual Ruby Gala, which helps cover costs for its Angel Program.