Dance is not just about learning steps and counts, it is about developing and creating the tools to help our youth grow into healthy functional adults. In the dance studio, you will find a safe place to practice and develop the skills necessary to be a responsible active individual. Developing and honing in on skills to help prepare them for the world that they are soon to experience.
At Manoa Dance Studio, we go beyond the dance steps and to explore behaviors and traits to prepare our youth to excel in this fast paced changing world we live in. We feel that all the tools in the studio such as, discipline, honesty, communication, team work, hard work, dedication, commitment, follow through, respect for ones self, ones body, fellow class mates and authority can and should be translated over into their every day lives, helping them excel at what ever is placed before them be it school, at a job interview, audition or in the work place.
Located out of The Manoa Japanese Language School in Manoa, you will find transporting your dancers to and from classes is convenient and easy.
MDS offers opportunities for competitive training in dance. MDS has a high standard of competitive team work and works continuously to challenge the dancers and teachers to maintain excellence. We are seeking dance ambassadors who will represent our studio and community with excellence.
Selection is based on the following criteria: technical ability, character, reliability, potential, commitment level, enthusiasm, attitude, behavior in class, attendance, and stage presence.
The director and staff will organize the selected students together in groups that they feel will work the best together as a whole as well as selecting soloists.
Previous years, performance, class attendance and attitude DO reflect on selection. The forming of the groups should not be challenged as the director and faculty organize students where they think they will perform best for themselves and for the team.
It is optional and dancers selected to compete is largely decided by the studio staff. Should your child be invited, you the parents will be contacted with the necessary detailed information. Your decision is the final commitment.
Manoa Dance Studio Dancer Declaration:
We strive to be strong in character, dance and act with excellence, build community, and present our authentic selves while bringing positivity wherever we go.
We cultivate community through our actions, voices and movement.
Positivity is a choice. We see the opportunity and lessons presented through hardships and disappointments and turn them into positives.
We show, express, and practice gratitude always.
We respect ourselves, our bodies, our minds, our teachers, our elders, our peers, our planet and our studio.
We radically strive to be our authentic selves in all situations, in our decisions and actions. We do what we say we are going to do and are honest always.
We look and seek the opportunity to grow, learn and evolve as humans and work at bettering ourselves in every situation.
Our Code of Conduct:
It is up to me alone to come to class prepared and on time with hair in bun, dressed appropriately and ready to work hard. I will be consistent, respectful, professional and reliable.
Above all, be kind:
I will treat all others and myself with the utmost kindness.
Strive for excellence:
I will always do my utmost best and bring technical excellence to my dancing and throughout all areas of my life.
Be the light:
I will be a light worker by spreading love, compassion and positivity where ever I go.
Be authentic and honest:
I am a gift. There is no one else like me. I will be myself, be honest, and do what I say I am going to do.
I will be brave in asking the hard questions, I will have courage to try new things, and let my voice be heard.