Cool Bal­let For A Hot Sum­mer Next Month

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - By Jules Gar­ner, de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Bal­let Hawai‘i

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.

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