Founder and Artistic Director
Classical Ballet (All Levels), Pointe, Variations, Choreography, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM(R), Floor Barre, Injury Prevention
Virginia Holte is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Guest Instructor / Choreographer for The Maui Academy of Performing Arts. A Graduate of the Academy of with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Chicago Ballet, Washington Ballet and various guest appearances with Ballet Internationale, New Jersey Ballet, and Indiana Ballet Theatre N.W. A Third Series practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, certiﬁed in the Pilates Method, Mat and Equipment from the Physical Mind Institute, Ms. Holte is an International Certiﬁed GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® Specialized Master Trainer. She has been sharing her love of ballet and movement with the Hawaii community since 1986.
Classical Ballet (All Levels), Pointe, Contemporary, Choreography
Choreographer, teacher and dancer, Midori Satoh was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. Midori toured extensively with Shapiro & Smith Dance Company and performed in Italy, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Uzbekistan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the U.S.A. She has performed in major festivals and venues including the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s DanSpace Project, PS 122, Festival di Milano, Teatro de Danza, and Recklinghausen RuhrFestSpiele. Funded by the Japan Arts Culture Foundation, Midori co-founded New Wind Dance Project which performed at the Kai International Dance Festival in Tokyo. She has choreographed ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, and competition pieces which were performed in New York City, Tokyo, and Hawaii. Midori began her teaching career as a senior in high school and she has enjoyed teaching at West Hawaii Dance Academy since 2000. She resides in Kailua Kona with her husband and two children.
Megan Joy Chapman
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pilates, Choreography
Megan Chapman has been teaching dance since 1987 and began her journey with West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy in 1999. Originally from Boston, she studied classical ballet, jazz, and modern with The Franklin School for the Performing Arts, and ballet with The Walnut Hill School and The Boston Ballet. She attended Ithaca College in New York as a Dance Minor. From there, she explored other areas of artistry and received a degree in Fashion Design where she later worked professionally as a costume and freelance fashion designer. Megan has performed, choreographed, and costumed numerous works including an original ballet of Peter and the Wolf. To compliment her dance experience, she holds certifications in Group Fitness and Pilates. Megan has been a guest choreographer for YWAM’s (Youth with a Mission) School of Performing Arts as well as a guest instructor and choreographer for YWAM’s School of Dance Studies in Kona. Currently, she is a guest artist with Saving Grace Dance Ensemble in New Hampshire and occasionally leads dance ministry at Living Stones Church in Kona. In addition, Megan is a mixed media artist and the author of an adventure series geared for youth and families. www.meganjoychapman.com
Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Choreography
Juanita comes to The Big Island from East Texas where she was a faculty member teaching Stage Movement courses, creating dance choreography, and setting staged violence for The School of Theater at Stephen F. Austin State University. A native Californian, Juanita attended Glendale Community College and UCLA as a dance major and received her M.A. in Exercise Science from Cal State Los Angeles. She was a company member of Los Angeles-based Landrum’s Dance Theater, Synergism, Ele’ Johnson Dance Company, and Texas-based Tyer & Company Dance, Motor Dance, as well as Real Women Dancing. Since moving to Hawaii, Juanita has had the pleasure of serving as choreographer for the Aloha Performing Arts Company. Her credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Waiting for Godot, and South Pacific. She was named APAC Choreographer of the Year for Fiddler on the Roof, 2013-14 and again in 2014-2015 for Evita. Juanita is excited about bringing her unique style to the talented and devoted dancers of West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy.
Classical Ballet (All Levels), Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Choreography, Pilates
Jenna Ojeda grew up studying ballet and jazz at West Hawaii Dance Theatre. Along with intensive workshops each summer, she also studied at Ballet Hawaii and 24/7 Dance Studio on Oahu. After graduating high school, Jenna moved to San Diego where she received a degree in dance. After college, she studied at The Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego as well as EDGE studio in Los Angeles. Jenna has now returned full circle to teach at the studio where she was taught.
Jaquelynn Jeanne Collier
Tap, Theatrical, Hip Hop
Jaquelynn Jeanne Collier is a NYC based performer, choreographer, personal trainer, and educator. Originally from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, her first live performance was at 5 years old as a flower in Peter and The Wolf with West Hawaii Dance Academy. She got the bug, performed professionally in Hawaii, and headed to the Big Apple! Jaque attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) on scholarship as a Musical Theatre Major. She then continued her studies at the Borough of Manhattan College in both Childhood Education and Theatre. At AMDA, she worked with Tony award nominees and Broadway named Directors/Choreographers such as Catherine Cox, Teri Ralston, Casey Colgan, and Michele Bruckner. At BMCC, she performed in DNA as Jackie Tate, as well as other black box productions. At 21, she originated the role of Marisa in the off broadway production of The Fairytale Project, where she won the award for Best Actress given by The Kennedy Center. She also became a professional dancer through Broadway Dance Center (BDC). There, she worked with Jim Cooney, Karla Garcia, Lanie Munroe, Lane Napper, and award winner Joshua Bergasse. Through BDC, she booked a role as a dancer for Nickelodeon. Aside from Nickelodeon, Jaque also appeared in various web series and featured in Marc Anthony’s award winning music video Vivir Mi Vida. While growing up in Hawaii, Jaque continued to dance for WHDT, and later became a performer for the Aloha Performing Arts Company (APAC) and Waimea Community Theatre (WCT). With these companies, she ranged from roles such as Sandy in Grease, Maureen Johnson in Rent, Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, Mayzie La Bird in Seussical, Jr., and other countless characters. As a choreographer, Jaque combines her technical foundation in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap with different textures of Musical Theater, Contemporary, and Other Culture-Inspired styles. Inspired by the greats Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, she emphasizes the value of strength, musicality, and honesty in a performance. Jaque’s work has been performed at the Aloha Theatre in APAC’s Honk! Jr., Anything Goes, and Nuncrackers – which she received a Fony Award for New Choreographer. She has choreographed for various schools in New York City, working with children from ages 4-13. As an educator, Jaque not only choreographs, but is also certified by the National Council of Sport and Fitness (NCSF) as a Personal Trainer. Jaque believes in the importance of physical activity for anyone of any age, dancer or not! Jaque appreciates the uniqueness of each dancer. In class, she encourages students to take ownership of this individuality, building technical strength, musicality, and overall sense of artistic self.
Originally from Virginia, Tammy began performing with a non-profit youth team in 1989. In 2002, she was accepted as a HipHop dancer into HeartBridge Inc. – a Performing and Visual Arts Company based in Virginia, since relocated to Kona, Hawai’i. In this company, she quickly expanded her dance experience into the areas of ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary. Tammy has performed and taught workshops in various countries, as well as worked with other companies like Island Breeze (HI, USA), Haugesund Theater (Norway), Project Dance, Sodium Dance Co (CA, USA), and Ad Deum II Dance Company (TX, USA). She graduated with a degree in Performing Arts from University of the Nations, and received a Certificate of Excellence from Broadway Dance Center (NYC). During a two-year stretch of living in Houston, Texas, she taught all levels & all ages of HipHop at several studios; and continues to have a passion for seeing all levels & ages of dancers realize the unique freedom and strength they have in dance.
Megumi Kopp began her piano studies at the age of 5 under Yoko Ogusu for 13 years in Tokyo, Japan. She continued her studies under Gates Wray, a student of Isabella Vengerova and Vladimir Horowitz, for three years while living in New Jersey. Kopp holds a B.S. degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. After moving to Kailua-Kona in 1999, and with encouragement from her friend and West Hawaii Dance Academy co-director Midori Satoh, Kopp began accompanying ballet class at West Hawaii Dance Academy in 2005. With the assistance and guidance of West Hawaii Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Virginia Holte, Megumi has played and arranged music for numerous performances, including The Nutcracker, Les Sylphide, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and The Wizard of Oz. Besides accompanying the dancers at West Hawaii Dance Academy, Megumi teaches piano to both children and adults.
Megumi’s talented work is available on several CD’s, including WHDT performances Alice in Wonderland Ballet, The Little Mermaid Ballet, and The Wizard of Oz Ballet, and be purchased here.
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