January 2021
The Mahilum Family

Aloha! We are the Mahilum family - Don, Seanna, Kaylyn, Kassie, and our dog Paka. 

Kaylyn goes to Kamehameha Kapalama middle school. She has been with PasDeDeux since the Waipahu days, her first class was Creative Movement and her love for dance is still strong. She is currently in Advanced Jazz, Intermediate Ballet, Hip Hop company, Intermediate Musical Theatre, and takes voice lessons. Kassie goes to Mililani Mauka Elementary school. She joined PasDeDeux in 2018 and her love for dance is growing. She is currently in Pre Hip Hop and Pre Jazz. 

They love dancing at PasDeDeux and we are grateful for the awesome environment and experiences PasDeDeux has provided throughout the years. We are extremely thankful for the amazing instructors and staff at PasDeDeux. Mahalo!


February 2021
The Kroona Family

Aloha! We are the Kroona Family- Jonathan, Chelsea, Madison and Landon. 

We have been a military family for the last 7 years. Home for us is Northern Virginia. We moved to Hawaii back in 2016 and have been so fortunate to still be here. We have two beautiful kids, Madison and Landon. They are both homeschooled and love all the outdoor activities this area offers. 

Madison joined PDD beginning of 2017 and it's been an incredible blessing for her. She began with one ballet class, but soon after added additional genres, such as Jazz and Tap. She has participated in various workshops with phenomenal dancers from all over the world. One workshop that she will cherish forever was with Travis Wall. Last year, she had a wonderful opportunity to be apart of the Tap company. She is currently enjoying Advanced Ballet and Intermediate Tap. Every opportunity PDD has offered has helped shaped Madison into the young dancer she is today. 

I encourage new families to get involved and take advantage of the classes offered. It's a great growth opportunity and the memories that are built at the studio will stay with them forever. No matter where we move next, we will always be very thankful for PDD and all they have done for our daughter. 


March 2021
The Ramirez Family

Aloha! We are the Ramirez Family- Rodolfo, Maritess, RJ, Rodley and Aiko

Rodolfo is a lead man at Group Builders Inc. Maritess is a nurse and owner of Ramirez Adult FosterCare Home since 2004 to present. RJ and Rodley graduated their Bachelor Degrees at the University of Las Vegas Nevada.

Aiko is the youngest and a freshman student at Leilehua High School. She has been with PasDeDeux since June 2011. She started hula and tahitian. After her first recital, she got interested with other genres and added hiphop, jazz and ballet. She’s been in all genres for the past years. Currently she’s with Hiphop, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary Company and our newest Ballroom class.

PasDeDeux served as a second home for all our beautiful dancers. Safe, clean and awesome environment. I always recommend and encourage friends and families to take trial classes. Their growth and love of dancing, as well as their experience develop self confidence and self esteem for every individual dancer. As they move on they will cherish all memories and grateful to all amazing instructors, mentors and staff at PDD.

MAHALO PASDEDEUX!!!


April 2021
The Shimizu Family

Aloha! We are the Shimizu Family - Jarrett, Kristen, Treyton, Mischa, Kaien, and Rascal.

We are originally from Maui and Kauai, and are now planting our roots here in Oahu. We have found our Happy Place in Mililani Mauka where we currently reside.  Treyton is in the 8th grade at Maryknoll School and is an avid baseball player and fisherman.  Kaien is in the 1st grade at Mililani Mauka Elementary School and enjoys soccer, baseball, and learning about animals.

Mischa is in the 3rd grade at Mililani Mauka Elementary School. In addition to her passion for dancing, she loves gymnastics, arts and crafts, and reading.  Mischa has been dancing with PasDeDeux since she was 4 years old.  She began in the Creative Movement class, and has worked her way up from Petite Company to the Minis.  We thoroughly enjoy watching her dance performances as she is totally in her element!

Mahalo, PasDeDeux, for your program! Your support throughout these years have helped Mischa grow in so many ways, not only as a dancer. To new dance families - enjoy every opportunity PasDeDeux has to offer. We are definitely looking forward to the next chapters of our dance story with PasDeDeux! 


May 2021
The Flanders Family

Aloha from the Flanders Family - Bret, Heather, Dylan, Dax, Lola & Charlie!
We moved to Mililani, Hawaii from Savannah, GA almost five years ago and we absolutely love it!  Our oldest son Dylan is 16 and is in 11th grade at Mililani High School and plays Varsity Basketball for the Trojans.  Dax is in 9th grade at Mililani High School and plays club soccer for Arsenal FC Hawaii.  And finally, our dog Charlie, who we adopted after moving here.  Charlie loves to come pick up Lola from dance every chance he gets.

Lola is in 5th grade at Mililani Mauka Elementary School and enjoys dance and playing ukulele.  She has been taking ballet, tap and jazz ever since she was 4 years old in Savannah.  Since moving to Mililani, Pas De Deux has been such a positive part of Lola’s life and she is currently in Junior Company Jazz and Ballet.  She loves being on stage dancing and performing and we all enjoy watching her passion and love for what she does as well. 
 
We would like to thank Pas De Deux for your support and love throughout these past 5 years.  You have helped Lola grow in so many ways as a dancer, performer and as a person. We look forward to the future and more exciting things to come at Pas De Deux!  

Mahalo Nui Loa,  
The Flanders Ohana


June 2021
The Garma Family

Aloha Pas de Deux Families,

We are the Garma family - Zeus, Liana, Jeryn, and Kaydence. We have been Hawaii residents our entire lives and live in the Waipahu area. As a family of four, the two girls keep us busy throughout the week. Both girls are opposites but are loving sisters. They both are studious and discovered their love for dancing early on. The girls started their dance experience at other studios before finding their way to Pas de Deux. Since becoming a part of the Pas de Deux family, the experience has positively impacted both of their lives.

Jeryn will be a sophomore at Hawaii Technology Academy and enjoys reading, dance, and anime. She started dancing at the age of 8, taking ballet and moving into other genres later on. And she has now found a liking for hip hop.

Kaydence will be joining her sister at Hawaii Technology Academy as a fourth-grader. She has many likes. She has been dancing since she was four years old. She wants to be like her sister, but in her unique way.

We want to thank the Pas de Deux family for their love and support over the last three years. You have helped Jeryn and Kaydence grow in more ways than just through dance. We look forward to what the future holds for the girls and their Pax de Deux family.

Mahalo Nui Loa
The Garma Family


July 2021
The Loos Family

We are the Loos family - Rich, Erin and Emily – plus two grown children who live on the mainland.  We moved to Oahu in 2017 from Colorado and have been loving all that Hawaii has to offer.  It has been such a blessing finding Pas De Deux Hawaii where Emily has enjoyed all aspects of the performing arts classes.  

Emily has been dancing, singing, and acting since she was old enough to walk and talk, so when we found PDD in 2018 we were ecstatic for all the opportunities they had to offer.  Our first year at PDD she was selected for the Junior dance team, received the role as Peter Pan in the Musical Theater annual show, and even recorded her first song for a CD.  She continues to dance, act, and sing, helping to develop her craft as she aspires to succeed in the capital of performing arts – NYC and Broadway.   Emily will be a freshman at James Campbell HS, class of 2025.  She is excited to become an Auntie and Sister-in-Law this year thanks to her siblings.   

As parents, we appreciated the staff and other parents in helping to navigate a new studio and the Hawaii dance life.  My advice to fellow dance families is don’t be afraid to ask questions as we have all been new, explore everything that PDD has to offer, and get involved where you can.  You don’t have to be a dancer or actor to help, trust me Emily’s talent is not from her parents, but we do what we can behind the scenes.  Dance and the performing arts are a roller coaster of emotions, all of which are good life lessons. Stay positive, be supportive, and make sure to always try to have FUN! 


August 2021
The Marino Family

Aloha Pas De Deux Hawaii Ohana! The Marino Family is honored to be your Family of the Month for
August.

Originally from New Jersey, our military family spent the last 9 years stationed in the DC area where Dave finished his career after 30 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer for the US Coast Guard. Dave had lived on Oahu for 10 years, back in 1989, and had always dreamed of returning. He did not have to twist my arm. Leaving Maryland, the only place our only child, Kailani, had ever known was not easy but with the beautiful island of Oahu on the horizon, we packed our lives and boarded a plane with our fur baby Katsu in 2018. Dave's mother, Peggy, a retired educator and social worker, soon joined us in Wahiawa and our family unit was completed when Gigi, our lovable Chihuahua, found a forever home
with us.

Today, Dave spends his days caring for all our family's needs. Dave is a very sociable person who enjoys surfing and talking story with a good brew in hand. My name is Cecilia and I can often be found walking the aisles of the Pearl City Home Depot. When not at work, I love cooking and gardening and spend the rest of the time making plans on how to shake up the Marino house. We're very proud of our soon to be 12 year old daughter, Kailani. She will be starting the 6th grade at Wheeler Elementary School this month and taking ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, and voice classes at PDD this upcoming year. Aside from the Arts, Kailani loves to draw, surf and swim and is interested in soccer, anime and cosplaying.

How fortunate we were to find Pas De Deux! The studio was so inviting and inspiring the moment we walked in. It did not take long to further realize how truly dedicated the school was to the Arts and to the development of the students. PDD soon became a large part of our lives. Through the pandemic, PDD was one of the few supports we could count on to bring stability into Kailani's otherwise upside down new reality.

To the families with 5 year pins and 10 year trophies, thank you for being so approachable and welcoming. To the new and newer families like ourselves, continue to feel welcomed into the PDD Ohana. To us all, let's stay together. Your strength is Our strength; take when you need it and give when
you can.

Our deepest thank you for our fearless leaders, Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert. With the help of strong, talented and dedicated instructors and mentors, they have grown and will continue to grow Pas De Deux Hawaii into a Preforming Arts institution in Hawaii. Lastly, let us not forget the capable and caring studio office staff who puts out the fires and keep us all informed and glued together. We love you and believe in you all!

The Marino Family
Dave, Cecilia, Kailani, Peggy, Katsu and Gigi


September 2021
The Balicoco Family

Aloha! We are Sam, Michelle, Samuel and Makenzy from Wahiawa.  

Makenzy is twelve years old and a seventh grader at Wahiawa Middle School.  She started taking classes at Pas De Deux Hawaii in 2013 when she was four years old.  Since then, she has been taking Ballet and Jazz classes continuously.  This year will be her fourth year being part of Pas De Deux Hawaii’s Ballet and Jazz Companies.  

We are beyond grateful to everyone at Pas De Deux Hawaii!  Thank you to the talented instructors, patient admin and remarkable owners Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert for their dedication in creating a performing arts studio for dancers to develop and hone in on their skills to become better performers and humans.  

Makenzy’s love for dance has grown tremendously over the years.  Dance has become an integral part of who she is. We look forward to this new season and all the dancing to come. THANK YOU PDD FOR ALL YOU DO!