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
||8/29/16 – 12/17/16
||1/9/17 – 5/6/17
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
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.