ALOHA, WELCOME TO
A Premiere Mobile Dance School
Choreography / Private Lessons / Rockette Dance / Fitness Training
INSPIRATION THROUGH DANCE!
Dancespiration Hawaii is a mobile dance school, that offers a variety of classes to choose from, that can be catered to your needs, and gives schools the opportunity to offer their students education through movement. Dance education is an excellent way to inspire a passion for dance, music, and movement, while offering students an opportunity to strengthen their bodies and exert physical energy in a positive way. If you are a pre-school, day care, elementary or high school, physical education course, church, organization, party planner etc, and think we could offer you something wonderful and magical, please reach out today to learn more about the classes we offer. We also provide event dance choreography, private lessons, tailored made dance fitness classes and cross training for athletes of multiple sports.
For generations, human civilizations have been dancing, whether for cultural reasons or pure enjoyment, there’s a wonderful feeling that one gets from the art of movement. Just ask the dedicated dancers who practice every single day. Dancespiration Hawaii believes in nurturing creativity and artistic development at every age, providing a warm and positive environment to foster the growth of both girls and boys of all ages. After school programs are a great resource for parents and schools to keep children active, since dance is a wonderful way to keep students stimulated while building confidence. Dance can help in multiple facets of life; musicality, rhythm, posture, confidence, endurance, self discipline, concentration, determination, coordination and flexibility, just to name a few!
ABOUT THE FOUNDER/INSTRUCTOR
Jackie Dowsett is an island girl, growing up dancing on both Oahu and Maui, before leaving to get her BFA in Dance Performance and her Elementary Education Teaching Certification at Southern Methodist University (SMU), in Dallas, TX. After graduating, she soon became a professional dancer, living in NYC, LA, Las Vegas, and Miami. She retired from performing and came home to Hawaii after touring as a back up dancer for Cher in '14 and was blessed with a baby girl in early 2017. Prior to the 6 years dancing for Cher, Jackie “kicked it up” as a Radio City Rockette for 6 seasons, did multiple Musical Theater productions during her time in NYC, and also danced in numerous films and on TV in the first 3 seasons of Glee, when living in Los Angeles.
Ms Jackie has been teaching dance and choreographing musicals in her spare time at her alma mater, Punahou School, as well as various other Oahu based dance schools. Early classical training on Oahu, was with Hawaii State Ballet and jazz and hip hop with 24-7 Danceforce. She fell in love with musical theater when she was 6, while taking classes and performing with Maui Youth Theater, now MAPA, and is happy to be making a "full circle" moment, since she is now teaching at MAPA and enjoyed being a part of The Nutcracker this past holiday season.
"Hawaii has a tremendous passion for dance and the arts, and I know how impactful it can be on a young person's life. I look forward to building the dance ohana on Maui and sharing my expertise, passion, and love of dance and theater to the next generation of Hawaii's youth, and hope to be a mentor to those that wish to reach for their own dreams!”
**Ms Jackie is CPR certified
Join Our Dance Community
Dancespiration Hawaii offers a large variety of dance classes for all skill levels. Each dancer will be encouraged to achieve their highest potential, while also having as much fun as possible! Have a look at the classes offered below to find what best fits your needs.
Ages 5-7 (55 min)
Introduction to Dance should be FUN, so this class combines creative movement and story telling through dance! This energetic and expressive class will have your tiny mover learning basic dance skills, musicality and rhythm, while exploring their own creative movement styles through the use of imaginative music and games in a safe. Let your keiki’s imagination run wild as we explore such themes as Circus Adventure, Motion of the Ocean, Jungle Boogie, Farmyard Beat, Dinosaur Dance and Fairytale Garden. Children move to their favorite music and utilize fun hand props, which encourage active participation.
Ages 3-5 (50 min)
Students are introduced to basic ballet vocabulary, while exploring movement and music in a fun, creative way, using imagination games, upbeat age-appropriate music and props to get students inspired and excited about dance. Students will also work on classroom skills such as following directions, listening and working with others while learning dance etiquette. This class is a positive and fun first ballet experience for all!
Ages 2-5 (45 min)
The Rising Stars class for preschoolers enables young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and most of all, have fun! The students will be introduced to ballet and musical theater dance styles, while at the same time, letting them sing their favorite songs from familiar, age appropriate shows and movies. The focus on music and movement through energetic dance games and the use of props, will help build confidence, rhythm, and coordination while engaging the young dancers’ minds and bodies.
BALLET/JAZZ COMBO CLASS
Ages 3-5 (50 min class) Ages 5-7 (60 min) Ages 8-11 (65 min)
This combination class is a wonderful starting place for new dancers. Your keiki will delve into the techniques of ballet and jazz. The students will dance to up-beat songs that are both age appropriate and challenging. In every class, students will learn from both genres of dance, emphasizing ballet positions, steps and terminology and jazz and pop choreography. The styles compliment each other well, while building a technical foundation, readying them for more formal instruction in the future. Keiki’s in the 3-5 age group will explore different themes with accompanying music, props and costume pieces, to encourage imaginative participation.
Ages 3-5 (45 min class) Ages 5-7 (60 min) Ages 8-11 (60 min) Ages 12-14 (60 min) Ages 14-18 (75-90 min)
The Musical Theater curriculum is based on various Broadway style jazz movement and includes introductions, vocal warm ups and tongue twisters, song practice, dance warm-up, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations to Broadway show tunes. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills and being able to tell a story through song and dance by using facial expressions and learning how to connect with the audience. Our focus is on Broadway musicals old and new, culminating in stage performances for each level of study and is a wonderful class for aspiring Broadway stars!
Ages 3-5 (50 min class) Ages 5-7 (60 min) Ages 8-11 (60 min) Ages 12-14 (60 min) Ages 14-18 (75-90 min)
This high energy class introduces the fundamentals of traditional jazz as well as current techniques by focusing on several styles, such as traditional jazz, Broadway, Fosse, Rockette, lyrical and contemporary. Your keiki will be challenged with rhythmic warm ups, stretching, center floor jazz combinations, leaps, turns, intricate foot work and choreographed routines. This class focuses on encouraging the students to develop their own style of movement by wrapping up the class with a fun and interactive freestyle dance session.
Ages 8-11 (60 min) Ages 12-14 (60 min) Ages 14-18 (75-90 min)
This class is a fusion of ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern with expressive movements that tell a story. Students will learn to connect the mind and body emotion through expressive, fluid dance movement.
Ages 5-7 (60 min) Ages 8-11 (60 min) Ages 12-14 (60-75 min) Ages 14-18 (75-90 min)
Ballet is the foundation of most dance forms and will maximize technique and longevity in a career of dance. Learning classical ballet will help girls and boys with posture, flexibility, musicality, core strength, balance, self-discipline, grace, self-confidence, poise, and most importantly, the technique needed to be proficient in all other areas of dance and gymnastics. Ballet is also used as an excellent way to cross-train, improving sports skills (see also the Dance for Athletes class) Portable ballet barres can be brought in to turn any room into a dance space.
DANCE FOR ATHLETES
Ballet classes are the perfect addition to cross training for any sport. There are myriad ways that ballet-based techniques and exercises can translate to better performance on the field or court: injury prevention, balance, increasing flexibility and athletic posture, full-body coordination, sense of timing and rhythm, increasing body awareness and confidence, spontaneity in movement, and working those small muscle groups that are rarely used. Most athletes aren’t used to working in turned out positions, but doing so strengthens muscles that are beneficial for quick, lateral movements. Ballet helps athletes become more physically and mentally flexible and diversified to apply strength to a wider variety of movements within the sport. This class can be given as a general introduction for students in all sports, or can be catered for any individual sport, i.e. Dance for Football, Dance for Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer etc.
BALLET/JAZZ/ROCKETTE/FITNESS CLASSES/PRIVATE COACHING/CHOREOGRAPHY
All ages: 45-120 min depending on age group and material studied
Classes in each genre can be created and catered to fit whatever the needs are at each age level. Private & small group classes are available for dancers hoping to focus on dance in a more personalized setting or who wish to reinforce what they have learned outside of a class setting. We also offer choreography for competitions, auditions, weddings, conventions, events, film and television.
"Nutcracker" for Maui Academy of Performing Arts at the MACC Dec '19 & Choreographer of "CATS" for the Ohana Arts: Performing Arts Summer Intensive Program at UH Manoa 2019
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