January 2022
The Chinen/Hruby Family

Hi!  We are the Chinen/Hruby Family-Shellanie (Robles), Jesse, Casimira (15), Chariya (13), Michael, and Emelda Hruby (Grandparents).

Shellanie, Casimira and Chariya’s Mom is a Billing Manager at Five Star Transportation.  Jesse, Father is a Warehouse Manager at Five Star Transportation.  Casimira is a Sophomore at Mililani High School, and was crowned Susan Page Miss Teen Hawaii 2020 Queen in January 2020.  Chariya is in 8th grade at Mililani Middle School.  They also have two younger siblings, Michael (22 months), and Cindy Rain (9 months).  Michael, Grandfather is the President/Owner of Five Star Transportation, and Emelda, Grandmother works part-time at Five Star Transportation in Human Resource and some legal.

Casimira and Chariya’s dance journey at Pas De Deaux Hawaii began on or about March 2014, when they signed up with PDD.  Casimira enrolled in hip hop, and Chariya initially enrolled only in ballet.  Over the years, Chariya became interested in dancing in 3 other genres, which included jazz, contemporary, and hip hop.  Chariya received back to back Dancer of the Year in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  Both girls had, and still have the passion for dancing.  They are now in their 5th year dancing with PDD Dance Company.  Dancing for PDD have definitely taught both girls discipline and professionalism, and for that we are very thankful. We are very proud of both girls and all of their accomplishments.

We would like to thank the Owners Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert for all of the dance opportunities and support over the years, and a big thank you to all the talented, nurturing, and hard working dance instructors.  We would also like to recognize and thank all the administrative and office staff for doing such a great job in all that they do.  It has been great meeting and knowing PDD Families over the years.  Pas De Deaux Hawaii is a great, professional dance studio.

Thank you Pas De Deaux Hawaii for recognizing our family for January 2022 Family of the Month!


February 2022
The Richards Family

Aloha from the Richards/Andrews Ohana!

We are a military family that have been on island for over 8 years now and are so happy to be PDD’s February Family of the month! Our family consists of Blair (Dad, age old), Kiesha (Mom, age old), Corey (Cousin-son, age 22), Cassidie (Cousin-daughter, age 20), Elijah (son,
age 20), Jordan (age 14), Princess Leia (Great Dane), King Kal-El (Rottweiler), and Prince Naveen (Cat).
After a few years away from us, our hero Blair just retired from serving over 23 years in the U.S.

Army. Kiesha also a veteran, works as a secretary for the Radiology Department at Tripler Army Medical Center. Corey is the General Manager for Elite Interiors on Oahu. Cassidie is a sophomore and plays soccer for Columbia Basin Community College in WA. Elijah is a sophomore at The University of Hawaii Manoa who is studying Marine Biology.

After six years of gymnastics, Jordan decided to attend a dance camp at PDD in July of 2017. Since then, they have practiced in the genres of ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. Last year Jordan did their first solo and was 2021 Teen Dancer of the Year. Jordan has not just been trained to dance, but the PDD family has mentored them on how to be part of a dance community. They have more respect regarding other cultures and different dance styles. They continue to push themselves and the other dancers as they move on their dance journeys. Jordan is very appreciative and looks up to all of the Pas De Deux staff and owners. As parents we are proud to be on this journey with them and can’t wait to see where all of this takes Jordan.

Our advice to any new families embarking on this journey is let your child lead you. Remember that winning isn’t everything. Competitions can be very stressful and intense, but as long as they are happy and having fun that’s all that matters. Mahalo again for making us February’s Family of the Month!


March 2022
The Jose Family

We are a military family who has been in Hawaii since 2012. Our family consists of Elmer, Christy, Chrystelle (16) and Crystia (11).

Elmer who was a US Navy as a Machinist Mate, joined military in San Francisco. And from there, our military journey started when he was stationed in San Diego for 5 years. And later on, transferred to Hawaii, until he got medically retired last year 2021 due to an accident at work. Right now, he is back to school at Leeward Community College taking up Information technology.

Christy Ann is working as a Civilian/GS job Dental Assistant for 6 years and now a Prosthodontic Assistant at Dentac/Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic or Desmond T. Doss Dental Clinic.

Crystia(Ayen)her youngest sister, is 11 years old. A 6th grade student at Holomua Elementary School. And  took dance classes too at PDD when she was 5. But later on, she gave the Love of Dance when she was 10 to her big sister, so she can focus and continue being an exemplary student academically. Right now, she is taking piano lessons.

Chrystelle(Lela) who is a Junior High School student at James Campbell High School/ Ewa Beach, started her interest in dancing when she was 5 when we enrolled at Chula Vista Dance Academy in San Diego. When we transferred to Hawaii, she did Ballet classes at the Community Center in our military housing. But she wanted us to look for a studio that does recitals onstage. She is a shy girl but loves to perform. And gladly we found a dance studio with PDD. She started taking Beginning Ballet at first and after a year, she took jazz and hiphop classes as well. Later on, she auditioned for Ballet and Jazz company. Thankful for her being part of Teen and now a Senior Company,  because it helps her to improve her dancing skills and also herself to become a better person who is determined, focused and disciplined. So whatever she wants to be in the future, whether she continues dancing as a career or become a nurse one day, the training and the wonderful experiences at PDD will be a big part of her success.

And as a dance family for years now, it really shows our dedication and our love for our daughter all this time. It’s not easy financially but we got through it. What matters most is she is loving what she does and got a dance family and friends for keeps. 

To Pas De Deux Hawaii, thank you so much for choosing us! 

God bless Ms Wendy and Mr Jeremy!

Mahalo!


April 2022
The Omo Family

Aloha, we are the Omo 'Ohana. Kavet, Chelsie, Koltrane (14), Calie (10).

Kavet is the owner of Lightsleepers, a retail hiphop local business. Lightsleepers has been a part of the local hiphop community since 1997.

We have been blessed that he is able to run his business full time from home for the past 3 years. Kavet wears many hats in our family. Business owner, school drop off and pick up driver, homework helper, dinner maker, and basketball coach. 

Chelsie is a preschool at Kamehameha Preschool and has been at Kamehameha for 12 years. She is also a worship leader at Pearlside Church. 

Koltrane (Calie's brother) is an 8th grader at Kamehameha Schools. He actually was once PDD Dancer of the day when Calie brought him to "Bring a friend day." He has a passion for basketball and loves to "try" to dance. 

Calie is in 5th grade at Mililani Uka Elementary. She is a CPO lieutenant and excited to be in Middle School next year. 

Calie has been at PDD since 2018. We were so excited when Calie found her "thing". She then tried out for Hiphop Company in 2021. We were so proud that she worked hard and took a leap of faith and DID IT! 

For new 'Ohana, our advice would be take it one step at a time. And follow the lead of your child. Don't be afraid to ask questions and find yourself a few dance moms to connect with. This dance journey has been such a wild ride with both mom and dad being totally out of our elements as dance parents. But, with the support of other dance moms and the staff at PDD, we have been able to take it one step at a time.

We want to say a huge mahalo to the hard working dance teachers. Thank you for cultivating an environment that not only teaches but helps to build the character of the dancers. 

We are excited for our first year of competitions and Calie says "My dreams are coming true." 



May 2022

The Cuevas Family

Aloha, we are the Cuevas family! JR, Kathy, Jayden (11) and Emma (9). 

JR and Kathy are currently both teachers at Kaimuki Christian School. JR teaches Math, Science and Bible in the high school. He is also the pastor of Grace Church Kalama Valley and adjunct professor at the Bethlehem College and Seminary as well as the Bible Institute of Hawaii. Kathy teaches 4th grade this year, which has been fun having Emma as a student! 

Our family recently moved to Wahiawa from the Bay Area, California last summer. While Kathy is originally from Seattle, Washington, JR was born in the Philippines and grew up in Hawaii. After moving away to the mainland as a teenager, he had always desired to return. The opportunity for our family to move to the island finally came last year after having lived in San Diego and San Jose for the last fifteen years. We couldn't be more excited!

Jayden is in the 5th grade and has always taken an interest in baking and cooking. He one day dreams of opening a bakery in Paris. In the meantime, he hopes to learn how to cook and bake at home with his mom over the summer. He is also a very supportive dance brother!

Emma joined PDD last August and it instantly became her new home away from home. She has been blessed to be part of this amazing, sweet and supportive dance family from her peers, to the mentors she so looks up to, the kind and dedicated staff, talented teachers, and the wonderful owners, Wendy and Jeremy who make it all possible. We are so grateful for all the opportunities she's been blessed with to grow in her passion for dance. We are so excited to support her in her first competitive dance season with the PDD Company! 

Our advice to new PDD families, being one ourselves, is mainly to have fun and enjoy the journey! Everyone has been so kind, welcoming and helpful. I appreciate all the advice and tips the more experienced dance moms have been willing to share. And the staff is always so helpful. Volunteering to help out any chance I get also helps me to feel more connected to the common goal of helping our dancers be their best selves and reach for their dreams. 

Thank you for this honor of being chosen as PDD Family of the Month! We are grateful to be part of this wonderful ‘ohana! 


June 2022
The Lee Family

Aloha!  We are the Lee Family!  

James (dad) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and made the big move to Hawaii in 2004 to teach social studies at Waipahu High School.  In 2008, he transitioned into law enforcement for the federal government.  Taryn was born and raised in Hawaii and has been working in the insurance industry for the past 14 years.  God has really blessed our family over the years.  In 2014, Taryn was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer when Karysa was only three years old and Megan was just two months old.  Through God’s grace, we have overcome a lot together as a family. 

We’ve been proud members of the PDD family since 2016.  PDD has made such a positive impact in our family allowing Karysa (11) and Megan (7) to cultivate a love for the performing arts.  We initially thought our kids would want to do soccer or judo, but from a young age, Karysa only wanted to wear dresses and wanted nothing to do with dirt.  We went online to look for ballet classes in the area and from day one, we saw her eyes light up and how she got so excited to perform on stage….nothing like mom & dad.  A few years later, she was invited to  join Company and now dances her heart out with the Mini-Ballet and Jazz Company.  As soon as Megan turned four years old, she joined Creative Movement and in 2020 has made the Petite Ballet and Jazz Companies. 

It’s awesome to see that both girls have the same passion and PDD has brought that out in them.  

We are so grateful for the love and support that the PDD staff has provided our family.  We see the joy and passion that Karysa and Megan express every time they walk into the PDD studio.

Thank you PDD!