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West Hawaii Dance Academy holiday shows

Pastry Chefs (Photo courtesy of WHDT)


West Hawaii Dance Academy announces it will offer two performances of “Nutcracker Sweets.”

The shows are 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at The Shops at Mauna Lani and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Kona Coast Shopping Center.

Excerpts from the Holiday Classic Ballet The “Nutcracker,” with the beloved music by Peter Tchaikovsky, are family entertainment for all ages.

Audiences will delight in the Act I “Party Scene”, which includes the famous “March of the Children” plus the Columbine and Devil Dolls, and then into the Act II, “Land Of The Sweets”, which includes the Spanish Dance (Hot Chocolate), the Arabian Princess Giggling Chinese, the flamboyant Russian Dancer, the tiny Mirlitons, the comedic Pastry Chefs, plus the delicate Sugar Plum Fairy.

The performance includes the famous “Waltz of the Flowers,” plus other surprises.

West Hawaii Dance Theatre is a non-profit educational arts organization. Established in 1989, it’s mission is to educate the public in dance and other art forms in an environment of cultural excellence. It does so by providing educational outreach school programs, public performances, guest artist residencies, workshops, and daily, year round classes.

It is supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Community Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, and our local businesses and families.

Voted West Hawaii Today’s “Best Places” for Dance Lessons 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, WHDT offers classes for all ages and abilities in the dance disciplines of Classical Ballet, Creative Ballet for ages 3-8 , Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Yoga, Pilates, and The Gyrotonic Expansion System.

Classes are taught by WHDT’s highly skilled instructors, including Midori Satoh, Megan Chapman, Claire Hollinger, Lynn Barre,
Lee Vinson, and Founder/Artistic Director Virginia Holte. Class locations are Kailua-Kona, Waimea, Waikoloa, and Honaunau.

WHDT is proud of their many students that have continued on to study dance on the mainland for Summer Workshops, attend College Dance Programs, and many who have been accepted to Professional Dance companies, such as “San Francisco Ballet” and” Complexions.”

For more information regarding their program, or class schedule, call 329-8876 or visit

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