KILAUEA — When classical ballet and contemporary dancer Andrea Gardener opened the Kilauea Dance &Fitness, aka Kilauea Studio, Angela Bresnahan was delighted.
“I can’t believe my girls can learn dance from a world-class dancer in our small community,” said the mother of two daughters taking classes at the studio.
Gardener began her ballet training at the age of eight, and was mentored by Willam F. Christiansen, a choreographer respected worldwide and best known for creating the first full-length Nutcracker in America for the San Francisco Ballet. After extensive local training, she was accepted at New York City’s School of American Ballet on a full scholarship.
She said Christiansen and the instructors at the School of American Ballet provided her with appreciation for the art form of ballet by instilling in her a love for technique, music, choreography, and artistic expression.
“I love working with the area’s population of budding dancers,” Gardener said.
Bresnahan said Gardener genuinely loves children and connects with them.
“Both of my girls love their classes,” she said. “My four-year-old is constantly asking if it is ‘dance day.’”
It also excites Gardener to know that one or more of her students will have what it takes to become a professional dancer. A mother of three girls, Gardener loves working with children to develop their skills, confidence, and artistic expression.
Gardener said dancing’s benefits include discipline, creativity and teamwork.
“This can be a very viable choice for our children so they stay connected to positive influences especially during the challenging years,” Gardener said.
Kilauea Studio offers classes for all levels in both dance and fitness.
Gardener hopes that the convenient location, affordable and fun classes, and the quaintness of the studio itself will appeal to the community of Kilauea and neighboring towns, and enhance the health and well being of the residents.
Info: 652-5722, www.kilaueastudio.com