Family of the Month (FOM) is awarded to parents that go the extra mile to help other families at Pas De Deux Hawaii! This family will receive a free month of tuition, compliments of owners Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert. Want to nominate a deserving family? Email us!

May 2024
The Kato Family

We are so honored to be chosen as a Pas de Deux Family of the Month and truly appreciate the family that our PDD ohana has become. We are the Kato family: Isabelle (10), Jace (8), Kevin, and Jessica. Isabelle is in 4th grade and when she is not at PDD, she loves spending time at the beach and hanging with our dog, Cova. She is constantly singing and dancing, wherever she is, and even choreographs numbers for her brother to join in on. Jace loves playing baseball and soccer and can usually be found on a field somewhere. He also enjoys dancing with his sister and will even attend hip hop classes on 'bring your friend to dance' days. Kevin and I are both teachers and we find joy in watching our kids do what they love, whether it is outside at a baseball field, or a dance competition or play.

Isabelle has been dancing with Pas de Deux for five years now and not only has she developed as a performer, but she has made deep friendships and gained amazing mentors. Isabelle has grown from being a 'disco duck' in her first creative movement performance into competing as part of Pas de Deux's Prep Company Team. Throughout her time at PDD, she always feels valued, cared for, and seen. She spends most days at the studio and looks forward to going there after school. As a parent, there is great comfort in knowing that she has a place where she can be herself and is loved for it.

Not only has PDD become a place that Isabelle loves to be, but I have found a community of dance moms turned friends. The culture of PDD is positive and uplifting and, even though it is a top dance studio, known for having fierce competitors, what stands out to me is the collegial environment where all members of the community want what is best for one another. Isabelle recently began singing as part of the PDD Sound Lab and was so encouraged by all of her dance and theater friends who showed up to cheer her on.

As educators, my husband and I understand how hard it can be to teach students in a way that challenges them, but also builds their confidence. Pas de Deux instructors are able to do just that. Isabelle always knows what she needs to work on to improve, but never feels defeated. As a member of the dance, vocal, and musical theater programs, she consistently receives personalized feedback and praise. Her teachers know her as a dancer, singer, performer, and most importantly as a person. They care about her and believe in her and I could not be more grateful.

Thank you to the Ms. Wendy and Mr. Jeremy and the entire Pas de Deux ohana for creating a special place where our family feels valued and all students are given the opportunity to shine.