Angel Prince is the Founder and Director of Prince Dance Institute, and the Artistic Director of the nonprofit dance company Prince Dance Theatre. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Hofstra University in NY, and a masters degree in Contemporary Styles of Dance from the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ms. Prince is a recognized teacher for the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and serves on the faculty at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She has created over fifteen original, evening-length shows including, “Disposable Nation,”“The Greatest Show Off Earth,” and “Que Sueñes Con Las Angelistas”—written with Beth Dunnington—and has presented her work nationally and internationally. In 2008 she worked with Jack Johnson’s Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation to write the musical, “The Trash Heap,” which toured the state of Hawai‘i. Most recently Ms. Prince was honored with the prestigious Tanne Foundation award for her body of work to date.
Contemporary 4 • Ballet 1 • Performance and Improv
Candie Duggan brings 25 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher, as well as experience as a classroom music and drama instructor. She is the Music and Performing Arts Director for Calvary Chapel Hāmākua in Honoka‘a. For the last 14 years, it has been her passion to build confidence in the children of the Hāmākua community by providing affordable music, drama, and dance classes. Partnering with the Honoka‘a People’s Theater and Calvary Chapel, Candie directs an annual Christmas Eve performance that includes both children’s and adult choirs, ballet, and hula performances as well as vocal, instrumental, and dramatic presentations. In addition to her teaching endeavors, Candie is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician with a background that includes everything from leading roles in opera performances to playing with contemporary bands.
Elizabeth Brawner has had a passionate relationship with the art of dance for most of her life. Since the age of 4, she has trained in various styles of dance, studying with specialists at workshops and classes in the state and around the world, including Prince Dance Institute’s very own Angel Prince. Elizabeth has been teaching with Prince Dance Institute since 2011 and is also a member of the Prince Dance Theatre. She is also the dance Coach and Choreographer at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea.
Keiki Dance • Contemporary 1, 2, 3 • Trapeze 1, 2
Kat Reuss started in theater, music, and dance as a young child. She taught children’s theater across the country for several years before moving to Hawai‘i. Kat gained local recognition for her performance as Ariel in the Waimea Community Theater (WCT) production of “The Little Mermaid,” as well as the choreographer for “Spamalot,”—also with WCT. She has been teaching and performing aerial silks for over two years on Hawai‘i Island. She teaches acro yoga, silks, and circus arts in Kona at Cirque Hale, as well as here in Waimea.
Aerial Silks and Acrobatics 1, 2, 3, 4
Kalena Zindric has loved dancing all her life, mimicking everything she saw. From Native American Indians doing their traditional hoop dance to Danny Thomas in “Dancing in the Rain”. Ms. Ohilo was one of the first to win the State Talent Show with her group and fly to California for the District Competition. Indulging in Hula hoops, Polynesian dance, dabbling in jazz and immersing in street dancing now called hip-hop, she furthered her movement exploration in gymnastics, acrobatics, and various fitness regimes. She developed and taught various programs through the Parks and Recreation, Department of Education, YMCA, Gymnastics Club, Dance Academy and even restructured the entire activities program for a nursing care facility. Teaching the youth and directed productions is one of her favorite endeavors. Kalena has staged productions in Hawaii as well as the West Coast in an array of venues.
Acro Tumble, Hoops & Stunts
Kendyll Howard started studying and working in the theater arts from a young age, performing in local theater productions, TV commercials, and the commercial print industry. She was a student at the Children’s Theatre Company Conservatory School of Minneapolis and graduated high school from Minnesota Conservatory of Performing Arts. She then traveled to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and worked at the Vineyard Play House before beginning her training at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU she studied with David Mamet’s Practical Aesthetics Studio and The Atlantic Theater Company and was very fortunate to be taught by William H. Macy, David Mamet, and Felicity Huffman. After University she continued to live and work in NYC and studied with the Barrow Group. Not only has she worked in front of the camera, Kendyll also worked extensively behind the camera in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, working in the Production and Art Departments, Locations, and the Sound Department as a Boom Operator. After traveling in the Pacific and living on the Micronesian Island of Palau her focus changed to scuba diving, tourism, and sailing. Now living on Hawai‘i Island she is very excited to be involved in the performing arts again, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for acting with her students at Prince Dance Institute.
Acting Technique & Improv
Leia Lawrence was a student of Kumu Raylene Ha’alelea Lancaster for 13 years. She began teaching hula and Hawaiian culture in 2011 with her kumu’s blessing. She has completed 2 years of kumu training with Kumu Keala Ching of Kona, Na Wai Iwi Ola, which has culminated in two uniki ceremonies. Leia’s halau Hula Halau O Kukui Aloha O Kohala has danced at King Kamehameha Day and the Kohala ‘Aina festival for the past two years. They have danced at volcano at the pa hula, and at He lei Hiwi No ‘Iolani Luahine Educational Challenge where they placed third. She teaches many classes each week from keiki to advanced. Leia encourages each of her students to grow their own Hawaiian garden for lei making, implements, and making dyes. Their goal is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture through dancing, chanting, and share the blessing of hula with everyone.
Lynn Barre trained at the New World School of the Arts and began performing professionally with Freddick Bratcher in Miami, Florida. She went on to perform internationally with Philadanco, Elisa Monte, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Lynn has taught in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Croatia, and Hawai‘i and has assisted talented choreographers in staging ballets. She aims to guide students in the exploration of their most organic, healthy and efficient movement patterns within the dance technique and to enable their fullest range of expression.
Ballet 2, 3
Mana Ho‘opai, was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Mana began his dance journey as a Bboy at the age of seventeen in 2004. He and a group of friends starting teaching each other how to breakdance and formed their own dance crew called STC (Shock Therapy Crew), which still exists today and is stronger than ever. He credits the culture of hip-hop for allowing him to connect with, and teach so many people.
Hip Hop 1, 2 • Break Dancing
Reina’s passion for dance and performance was unquestionable at a very young age and therefore began studying at the age of four in Southern Calif. Throughout her career, she has studied with such loving and dedicated teachers as Marilyn Clements, Patti Wilcox, Tiger Martina, Linda Sohl-Ellison, Christine Baltes and now the Big I’s fabulous Michael Misita! While still in high school, Reina jump-started her dance career as a dance teacher as well as performing in the Hercules Parade at Disneyland Calif. Additional performance credits include Featured Soloist with The American Folk Ballet at the 2002 Winter Olympic Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, Featured Dancer/Soloist and Director’s Assistant to Marilyn Clements with the Golden State Chamber Dance Company in Calif. and Dance Captain, Dancer & Aerialist for 5 years performing and traveling internationally with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Reina’s debut performance here on island was at The Palace Theatre playing the role of Missy Hart and chorus dancer in “9 to 5 The Musical” in 2016. She has since continued performing, choreographing, and teaching dance all over the island for several schools, dance and performing arts studios and churches.
In addition to her passion for dance and performance, Reina is incredibly passionate and grateful for her yoga and spiritual path that has transformed her life and empowered her to help inspire others through Vision Board Workshops, teaching dance and yoga to all ages and continuing to learn and live through her favorite quote: “Love, then do as you like: Nothing then will come out of you but Goodness.”