Punahou students enjoy the grace, power and personal satisfaction of dance while developing a focused and disciplined attitude as "thoughtful" dancers. They understand and appreciate musicality as a key to movement and learn both the technical and performance aspects of dance, emotive quality and creative expression with opportunities for on- and off-campus performances. The Dance School's nurturing atmosphere promotes confidence, self-esteem and leadership.

Program Dates for 2016 – 2017  
Fall semester 8/29/16 – 12/17/16
Spring semester 1/9/17 – 5/6/17

2016-17 Dance School Calendar

Punahou Dance School offers a broad range of classes in ballet, jazz, tap, street dance and musical theater.

Classes emphasize dance technique, musicality and performance quality. Beginning levels are designed for students with little or no prior training, introducing basic dance vocabulary, coordination, conditioning, and simple combinations of movement. Students usually remain at the beginning level for two or three years before progressing to intermediate levels, where students concentrate on body placement, control, and more complex movement.

Intermediate and advanced classes are intended for more serious dance students, and enrollment is generally by permission only. Students in upper level dance classes receive more intense training in longer sessions, which stress technique and concepts associated with performance.

In 2016 – 2017 a new Contemporary Jazz Choreography course is being offered. It includes contemporary jazz technique and skill development, improvising and choreographing. Each week’s class centers around a conceptual theme and includes somatics/experiential anatomy, technical development, whole-body expression through combinations and co-creation. Previous experience in ballet or jazz at the intermediate or advanced level is recommended.

Days, Times and Fees

Each dance course consists of one class per week. Some courses have 1-hour classes, others 1 1/2-hour classes. See the course catalog or registration application for specific times and fees.

Escorting K – Grade 3

Parents enrolling K – grade 3 students should review the information about escorting.


The Dance School features an outstanding, professionally-qualified faculty with years of local and national experience in dance choreography, performance and teaching.



Wendy Shimamoto
Dance School Administrative Assistant
808.944.5829 Tel



Charlys Ing
Director, Dance School