West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy


West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy is a team of passionate dance instructors led by Founder & Artistic Director Virginia Holte – a graduate of the Academy of the Washington Ballet under the late Mary Day.  

After a long, professional dance career with various ballet companies, Ms. Holte has been sharing her love of ballet and knowledge of movement with the Hawaii Community since 1986.

Our exceptionally diverse and family-friendly program includes daily classes for all ages. With multiple dance and theatre disciplines, workshops, outreach programs, performance opportunities and guest artist residencies, we foster creativity, self-esteem, courage, and discipline through individual attention and mentoring.

The result? Enriched human spirits and responsible community citizens.


About Our Ballet Program

West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy is the only outer-island organization with a comprehensive, graded syllabus, offering:


      • Technique and terminology training and testing
      • A pointe-work program with physical tests and written exams
      • Complementary dance modalities (contemporary, jazz, tap)
      • Experiences with guest artists through residencies and workshops
      • A collaborative music immersion experience
      • Scholarship opportunities
      • Full-length, staged, performance opportunities
      • Comprehensive, injury-prevention program utilizing GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® (including instructor certification), yoga, Pilates, Bodycode, and floor barre. 

The Party Scene from our annual Nutcracker performance

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West Hawaii Dance Theater & Academy
74-5626 Alapa Street, Suite 15, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 (click for map)
(808) 329-8876  •  Email: info[at}whdt.org
West Hawaii Dance Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational arts organization and is supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Kohanaiki Foundation, Kukio Fund, Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, Hoku Concert Series, Valerie Cartwright & Richard Olazaba, and our local businesses and families.

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