John Izumi, Jr. has been an active member of the Honolulu Dance Studio sine 1994. He became committed to dance when he joined the HDS performing company, Honolulu Dance Company, at the age of ten. At fourteen, he taught his first class and continued to do so until moving to California in 2008 to further his dance, performance and theatrical training. John's perfoming experience includes music videos; international competitions; ongoing professional shows; and touring with the international performing group, Young Americans. Now he is sharing his knowledge performance with his Hip-hop 1 students on Saturday.
Denette Reed has been dancing since she was three years old. She is originally from Missouri where she has her Masters in Elementary Education with a minor in dance. Denette has twenty years of experience in the dance field in Missouri teaching jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, and contemporary where she owned a dance studio with her mother. She has been head choreographer for recitals, shows, and nationally award winning competition teams. Denette is currently a member of the New Hope Contemporary dance team where she loves to dance and worship. Denette has taught public school for fourteen years and enjoys teaching the pre-jazz class here at Honolulu Dance Studio. Denette loves to travel and watch movies and in 2000 was Miss Missouri USA and placed thirteenth in the Miss USA pageant. Her family includes her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters.
Asia Marie Sylva has been training and performing with the Honolulu Dance Studio for 13 years. Her training includes Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Contemporary. She has competed in various competitions such as Jump, S.H.A.R.P, show makers of America, and spotlight where she has also received top honors as a soloist. She currently is apprenticing under Elizabeth Miller as a Ballet Assistant Teacher, as well as teaching a pre-ballet class on Monday's.
Victoria Brown grew up training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop and Contemporary at Starstruck Academy of Dance in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. Preforming and competing in the regional and national competition circuit, Victoria was fortunate enough to work with choreographers such as Brian Freidman, Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, Tyce Deorio and Gil Strumming. She also had the opportunity to travel as an assistant teacher with the convention company Hollywood Vibe. After graduating with Honors from Grandview High School, Victoria auditioned and successfully became a Rookie Member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Discovering through her 20 years of dancing, an intense need to bring emotion to the feet of young dancers, Victoria moved to Hawaii and began teaching technique and contemporary classes . Victoria is now a mother of two and continues to share her deep passion for movement with her biggest inspiration coming from the dancers of Honolulu Dance Studio themselves.
Gayle Fung started dancing Hula at age 9 she has trained under various hula instructors such as Maiki Aiu Lake, Hui Park,Kahai Topilinski, Palani Olsen, Lanu Titon, Malie Slade, Tiffany Sadoyama. She believe that the basics are a firm foundation to any dance genre. Her style of Hula would be described as Contemporary Christian Hula. The reason she dances and teaches is to worship and give God the glory because HE gives us the precious breath of life, the skills and the passion to dance. When we do our BEST, HE is glorified.
Jaylin Petersen has been dancing with the Honolulu Dance Studio since 1999. In 2002 she joined the Honolulu Dance Company where she trained in dance styles such as ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop. She has competed in various competitions including Dance Excellence, JUMP, and Spotlight. She currently teaches a keiki hip-hop class on Thursday and assists a keiki jazz, keiki ballet, and keiki company class.