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Hawaii State Ballet

Hawaii State Ballet was formed by John Landovsky in 1983. The School's curriculum is designed to provide the highest standard of excellence in classical training. Children are accepted into the school by a class audition. Beginning ballet classes offer a relatively simple introduction to the art form. As students' abilities develop and improve, they are progressed up the seven levels of the Junior Program.

The number of classes per week will also increase to assure proper conditioning for the increasingly difficult ballet vocabulary. Pointe work begins when proper and consistent technique, strength and alignment are achieved by the student, and when the student has progressed to the fourth level class. The goals of Hawaii State Ballet are to develop well-trained dancers, both technically and artistically, who are able to compare with well-trained dancers internationally.

The School of Hawaii State Ballet is not only noted for its excellence in training in the State of Hawaii, it has also been acknowledged by ballet schools on the mainland. The school's Junior Company has been an important training tool for many local dancers who have pursued a professional career. Among these dancers is Amanda Schull who recently starred in the Columbia-Sony movie about ballet called Center Stage. Amanda was a student at HSB for 12 years and performed in many Junior Company productions.

She is currently a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. Also, Elizabeth Mertz who won the bronze medal for the United States at the 1995 International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. She has danced with the Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, ABT II and is currently with the Joffrey Ballet. Romi Beppu danced two seasons with American Ballet Theatre in New York and is now in her sixth season with Boston Ballet.

Bryan Skates is now dancing with the Richmond Ballet, Heather Haar with Nevada Dance Theatre, and Adealani Gerkewicz apprenticed with the Colorado Ballet. Our dancers have also participated in International Ballet Competitions in Varna, Bulgaria, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Jackson, Mississippi.

School name:Hawaii State Ballet
Address:1418 Kapíolani Blvd.
Zip & city:96814 Hawaii

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