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Ballet Hawaii uses Zoom to continue classes virtually

Helping dancers to keep moving

With social distancing in place, it has been rough on our little ones and athletes, but thankfully technology is helping us to at least stay connected. Ballet Hawaii has started virtual classes through Zoom to help keep its dancers healthy and moving.

“It has been very difficult not being able to be in the studio with the dancers as we were preparing for our annual Spring Showcase in May,” says Pam Taylor Tongg, artistic director at Ballet Hawaii. She says one of the teachers recommended Zoom to keep students practicing their craft during the pandemic.

“When we had to shutdown the classes due to a mandate, we had to furlough all of the teachers, so there are so many volunteers that are helping us get through this,” Tongg says.

Ballet Hawaii not only offers ballet classes, but also contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip hop classes as well. You can even find classes like making the perfect ballet bun, ballet story time and arts and crafts for the young ones. However, to get involved in these, you have to be a registered Spring Session student.

e’Lexxia Poland is a student at Ballet Hawaii and has been enjoying the Zoom classes.

“I feel alone in quarantine, and it is exciting to get to see everyone again!” she says. “I get to see Ms. Jenny and my fellow ballerinas… And I get to exercise and practice my ballet techniques.”

Ballet Hawaii’s ballet classes are open to ages 13-99. If a new student is interested and wants to join, all they have to do is contact info@ballethawaii.org and set up an account.

“All of us miss one another so very much, and for us to connect this way is very rewarding,” Tongg says. “It was heartwarming to see the support from our teachers, parents and students knowing they want Ballet Hawaii to survive so they are able to come back to classes.”

For people looking to support Ballet Hawaii, the organization is accepting non-profit donations. Just visit ballethawaii.org/support. You can also make a donation through PayPal or send checks made out to Ballet Hawaii to 777 S. Hotel St, Suite 101, Honolulu, HI 96813.

For more information: ballethawaii.org, Facebook and Twitter: @ballethi, or on Instagram: @ballethawaii