Meet our Instructors

Mrs. Tiffany Dick

Director & Instructor

Ballet/Tap Combo 3-4 yrs Ballet/Tap Jazz Combo 5- 6 yrs

Tap/Hip Hop Combo

Adult Tap

Tiffany was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  She began her long life journey of dance at the age of 3 at Burien Dance Theatre.  She began assisting dance classes at BDT at age 12 and began teaching at the age of 15 years old.  Tiffany has studied dance in Seattle at Burien Dance Theatre & Westlake Dance Centre!  She has also studied in Las Angeles at Tremaine and in New York at Broadway Dance Center.  From age 10 - 18 she attended national dance conventions each summer with her Dance Company at Burien Dance Theatre.

 

Tiffany has also taught ballet technique for Gymnastics Unlimited in Federal Way, Washington and choreographed beam and floor routines for their top competitive teams, with a few of them taking 1st place at state levels.  She has also volunteered her services over the years choreographing community plays, high school court dances, and pageants!  She has also volunteered to be judges at special events.


Through-out high school, Tiffany was a part of the Mt. Rainier precision drill team that took 1st place in State competition all 3 years on the team.  Our drill team performed for Seattle Super Sonics Basketball 1/2 time shows.  She also had the pleasure to experience modeling and dancing for special events.  She modeled and danced for KMS, Trevor Sorbie, & Biolage. She has done various fashion shows and print work.  Tiffany was also a spokeswoman for a large convention "Eye On Women" which educated women on various opportunities in the workforce.


Tiffany moved to Kauai in January of 2002 and opened Aloha Dance Studio shortly after. She has over 40 years of dance experience, instructing 28 years of her life, and is dedicated to teaching all levels and loves working with all children.  Her life passion has been to give the gift of dance back to the community and provide a professional atmosphere for an enjoyable & technical learning experience!

 

Tiffany continues to support the Arts and Dance Community with events at The Memorial Convention Hall, Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Freaky Fridays, Relay for Life Hanapepe, and many performances for the community of Kauai.  Tiffany and her students have traveled to Oahu and won many awards and scholarships while participating with world class events such as "Jump" and other workshops with instructors from So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew.  

Miss Kellie Hatto

Ballet,  Pointe & Adult Jazz

Kellie was lucky enough to be trained by a well-known Russian ballerina, who danced with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her training was also with a Balanchine trained teacher from New York City and a Broadway dancer. Kellie began her training at 5 years old and continued on to study for a career in Ballet. As a teen she danced with what is now known as the Conejo Civic Ballet Company. Her passion and love of ballet has stayed with her her entire life and has moved now into teaching ballet. She began introducing her choreography as an outlet for her creativity and soon was teaching ballet classes to all ages.

Mrs. Amanda Tanigawa

Lyrcial/Contemporary &

Musical Theater

Amanda grew up as a classically trained ballerina and at the age of 16 she received a full scholarship to dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for the summer. After graduating high school, Amanda immediately began her career as a professional dancer. Some of her major accomplishments as a dancer and performer include performing in multiple shows at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, dancing on Celebrity Cruise Lines, being an NBA Dancer for the Orlando Magic, and dancing in a broadway produced show in Las Vegas. Upon moving to Kauai in 2016 with her husband and daughter, Amanda began spreading her love and passion for dance by teaching Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theater classes at Aloha Dance Studio. When she’s not teaching, you can see her performing in the role of Ka Uhane in the Luau Kalamaku at the Kilohana Plantation, as well as teaching Barre Fitness classes at Barre & Soul. 

Miss Ashley Korth

Jazz Funk

Ashley Korth is originally from Torrance,  California. She started dancing at the age of three and started competing at the age of six at The Dance Factory. When her parents realized her love of dance and her wanting to get better and better, they took her to compete with one of the top dance studios in the West Coast at that time, Dance Precisions. Ashley grew up taking it all: Jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, even took some fun master classes for different styles such as jive, African, ballroom and so much more! She was trained by some of the best such as ballet instructor Francisco Gella, and the one and only Shannon Mather. She had so many amazing dancers to look up to and dance with at this studio such as Molly Long, Ashley Gonzales, Paula Van Open and Jordan Casanova to name a few, and they all inspire her to this day! Ashley spent a minimum of four hours a day training at the studio and getting ready for competition season, which in a good year would be from February to July and about twelve competitions per season. Every summer, the studio would go to Las Vegas for Nationals and she would spend 2-3 weeks living the ultimate dance life. They would take master classes from Twitch, Nappytabs, Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath and many more throughout the day, and then go compete at night. Dance was literally life! She was lucky enough to choreograph her first piece for her high school dance team her senior year, and it was then that she knew she loved choreographing even more! Ashley moved to Kaua’i straight out of high school and thought her life of dance would be over, until thankfully she joined the Aloha Dance Studio ohana.  Ashley says, "Being able to teach and share my love of dance with others and hope they learn to love it just as much is more than I can ever ask for."

Mr. William Balbin

Urban Hip Hop & Breakdance

William Joseph Balbin started at the age of 11 where he first learned Breaking “Breakdance”.  Since then, he has had many dance battles as an individual and with a dance crew named Custom Style Breakers (CSB) and later changed its name to Our Breakers Can Dance (OBCD), which occurred throughout middle and high school years.  Breaking is one of the elements of Hip-Hop.  The other four are MCing, Graffitti, DJing, and Beatboxing.  Later in college life, he joined Kaua’i Community Dance Club where he started to learn more choreographed routines that led him to learn Urban Dance Styles.

William is currently working as a Medical Assistant at Kaua’i Medical Clinic at Wilcox.  He is also licensed as a Certified Nurse Aide currently employed with BAYADA Home Healthcare. He also has his Associates Degree in Electronics Technology and actively volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai’i.  As a hobby, he play's the drums at the Aloha Church Assemblies of God and currently active in volunteer work for the youth group.  He loves to travel, learn new things and enjoys quality time with loved ones.

Currently, he is working on my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.  He plans to continue dancing for as long as he lives.  "If there is one thing that I’ve learned in life, it’s giving back to the community what I’ve learned as a dancer and person to help others become better people."

Miss Lea NuescaUrban Intro to Hip Hop  5 & 6 yrs olds

Lea first started dancing at Aloha Dance Studio in high school and continued dancing recreationally, throughout college with several dance groups. She was the Vice President of the Kauai Community College Dance Club and a member of a crew called Project A.R.T. Throughout the years she’s performed in dance competitions and community events. She has also been working with the island’s youth for 8 years through the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii and taught dance as apart of their daily programs. She advocates for positive character development, creative expression, academic success, healthy lifestyles, and fun! She believes that dance can promote those aspects in an individual’s life. Her favorite parts of teaching are seeing the students learn, grow, and of course, playing a good game of Freeze Dance at the end of each class!

Miss Jannelle Puplava

 Intro to Hip Hop and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 5 - 6 yrs old

Jannelle is currently teaching our 5-6 year old age groups in Intro to Hip Hop and Ballet/Tap/Jazz Class.
She started dancing in our hip hop classes at Aloha Dance Studio when she was 8 years old and joined our company last year. She eventually began dancing with The Boys and Girls Club for several years and even had the honor of dancing with World of Dance in the 5th grade. She is currently a Senior at Kauai High and the president of her High Schools Dance Club. She loves teaching kids because she truly enjoys seeing them grow and have fun through dance. Her favorite style is hip hop and lyrical because she loves dancing with emotion and she feels like she can really be herself in these styles. 

Miss Emma Terheggen-Hayes
Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo 5 -6 yrs.

& Int. Tap 9-11yrs

Emma Terheggen-Hayes is a member of the Competition Team and she
teaches the 5-6 year olds ballet, tap, and jazz and the 9-11 year olds tap.

She has been dancing at Aloha Dance Studio for 11 years, since she was 3 years old. She love teaching dance because she loves
watching her students grow and improve. Here is what she says...

"It is so much fun to watch the progress they make from the first class of the semester to recital day. The kids also have such a positive outlook on everything which is really refreshing to me. Out of all the many styles of dance I think that lyrical, tap, and pointe are my favorites. These styles are so different but that is why I love them. Each has different “rules”, and they each make you feel something completely different when watching them and performing them. I love dance because of the people I dance with. My “Dance Sisters” have truly become my family and I am so lucky to have them in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without them. All in all, I love dance so much, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it."

Miss Shalyn Vegas

Beginning Hip Hop 7-10yrs

Shalyn is currently teaching our Beginning Hip Hop Classes!

She has been dancing with Aloha Dance Studio for 6 years. She joined our company 4 years ago and is now on the Competition team. She loves teaching because she enjoys seeing how excited the students get when they learn something new and she also gets to share her passion for dance with them. Two of her favorite styles of dance are Jazz Funk and Hip hop. With these two styles she can really have fun, get sassy, and just be herself. When she graduates in 2021, she would like to take up Cosmetology somewhere in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will always continue making dance a part of her life in some way!

Miss Keisha Suga

Beginning Tap  & Hip Hop 7-10 yrs.

Ms. Keisha is currently teaching our Beginning Hip Hop class!

She has been a dancer at Aloha Dance Studio since the age of 4, taking ballet, tap, and jazz. When she was 8, she decided to audition for mini company where she truly realized her passion for dance. It wasn’t long until she started competing once a year at the JUMP competition held on Oahu. Keisha has taken all types of dance including hip-hop, pointe, tap, and lyrical. At 15 years old today, she is a member of the elite/competition team and teaches a beginning hip-hop class where she can share her love of teaching and dance. After high school, she hopes to go to college and continue dancing. She is forever grateful for this studio that has not only given her a second home, but also the most loving and supportive second family a girl could ask for.

Miss Asia Balbin

Ballet/Tap Combo 3-4 yrs & Ballet/Tap Jazz Combo 5- 6 yrs

Ms. Asia currently teaches our 3-4 years olds in the Ballet/Tap classes!

She has been dancing at Aloha Dance Studio for almost 7 years now and has spent majority of that time in our company. While she was part of our competition team, she was able to travel to Oahu for the Jump Dance Competition for multiple years, training with world renowned choreographers. She absolutely loves dancing because she can express herself through movements and the music. Asia is very excited to share her love and passion of dance to her students and what she has learned throughout the years.

Miss Jacie Ogata

Teen & Adult Tap

Ms. Jacie has been a student at Aloha Dance Studio since she was 4 years old. She was in our company for 8 years total and a teacher for the past 5 years and counting. Jacie enjoys working with all levels and all styles of dance, but specializes in tap. She currently teaches our teen tap, adult tap, and 7-10 year old tap/hip hop combo classes. Jacie recently graduated from Kaua’i High School in May 2020 and is now virtually attending classes at California State University San Marcos where she will be majoring in Business Administration. Although she wishes she could go and attend college in person, she is very happy that she gets to stay and continue to share her love of dance.

Miss Jenny Villanueava

Ballet/Tap Jazz Combo 5- 6 yrs

Ms. Jenny has been dancing at Aloha Dance Studio for the last 9 years where she has had the pleasure of being a part of our company and she has been taking gymnastics for 14 years. She started teaching in the 7th grade & that's when she fell in love with working with kids and watching them grow. She currently teaches our younger age groups in the Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo classes. Through our studio, she decided to pursue her Masters of Elementary Education with a specialization in English Language Learners (ELL) at the University of Portland, where she is currently in her second year. Jenny has always loved being able to express her feelings and emotions through dance, and she plans on dancing & teaching classes for the rest of her life.

Miss Kylee Viernes-Toyama

Beg./Int. Teen Hip Hop

Ms. Kylee has been dancing with ADS since she was 7 years old and was a part our company for a majority of those years. She participated in all the classes that ADS had to offer which really expanded her love for all styles of dance. Her training helped her win 1st place with her fellow dance sisters in her High Schools talent show for two years. Every summer during her high school years, she traveled to Oahu for conventions like Jump, TDA, and Dancer Palooza where she learned from world renowned choreographers. She took classes at the prestigious Prodigy Dance and Millennium Dance, both in California and Las Vegas. Since graduating high school, she continues taking classes at ADS and is so happy to be spreading her passion for dance with all of her students!

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