Winter dance recital performances

Kauai Dance Center will hold its Winter Recital Performance Showcase on Saturday.

The annual event features students of all ages and levels performing at Kauai Dance Center studio, located in the Eyes Wide Open Productions Nawiliwili Theater, 3285 Waapa Road adjacent to Nawiliwili Park.

The shows include class exercises, solo variations, group classical repertoire, hip hop dance choreography and Spanish flamenco dance. It begins at 10 a.m. with the Keiki Dance Concert for children ages 3 to 6.

“The children as young as three have just started learning ballet and will be doing demonstrations, exercises and expressive movement for their parents,” said dance instructor Jennifer Bell-Grey. “They will be dancing to music spontaneously in front of an audience, many for the first time and it will be a very exciting time for them.”

The Youth Dance Concert of children ages 7 to 11 follows at noon with ballet, hip hop and Spanish dance. 

A performance of ballet students in the intermediate levels of ages 11 and up will begin at 5 p.m. This includes the Advanced Class Dance Concert with upper level students who will perform classics works from Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, as well as contemporary and lyrical dances until the event finale at 6:15 p.m.

“It will be an eclectic mix, with parts of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and the ‘Mozartiana’, which is Tchaikovsky’s tribute to Mozart,” Bell-Grey said. “A majority of the music we are using for the hip hop dances was written by Mel Bell-Grey, the director of Kauai Dance Center.”

Some of the advanced students started with Bell-Grey when she began teaching on Kauai 16 years ago. The new Nawiliwili studio, which opened in a former warehouse last February, is designed to give siblings and parents something to do while students rehearse and attend classes with Jennifer and fellow teachers Hilary Johnson, Alana Heuer-Salazar, and assistant teacher Emmalia Majewski.

“There is a fantastic outdoor area for families to just hang out,” Bell-Grey said. “It is also for students who have siblings that come to the class and want something else to do so we created this with them in mind.”

Proceeds from ticket sales, food and drawing will benefit the KDC Performance & Scholarship Fund. 

Advance tickets are $8 adults, $5 child, children under two are free. Call 823-9588, email jenballet@gmail.com or visit kauaidancecenter.com.

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