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 2023
The Ozo Family

Aloha from the Ozo family! We are truly honored to be the family of the month. We are Jared and Czarina Ozo, parents of Christienne Emma (15), Jayden Callum (12) and our three furbabies, Charlie (6), Jirou (2), and Chewy (1).

Jared is an Emergency Room technician at the Queens Medical Center West Oahu and Czarina is a critical care nurse at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center and QMC Medical ICU. Christienne is a sophomore at Waipahu High School and an ambassador for the Academy of Arts and Communication. She also takes classes at the early college program offered by the University of Hawaii West Oahu. Her dream is to pursue a career in veterinary medicine or forensic science. Jayden is a 6th grader at August Ahrens Elementary School and a recipient of the school’s prestigious Keiki Marauder Award. He is member of the Gifted and Talented program and the National Elementary Honor Society. He loves to watch and play basketball and football. 

Our family bonding includes traveling, hiking, going to the beach, trying new food places, watching football (Niners Baby!) or basketball (Go Lakers!) or just spending time with our dogs. Both kids are good swimmers and play the ukulele well. 

Our family dance journey started in 2011 when Christienne joined PDD at the very first studio location. She was in the hip hop class taught by Wendy and hula class with Kumu Shauna. Christienne took a break from dancing and went back to PDD in 2015 and this time with her then  four year old brother, Jayden. She was in jazz, hip hop, Tahitian, and even took private voice lessons but her passion is dancing hula. She loves performing with her hula family at weddings and public performances and even shares her talent during family weddings and birthday parties. She also participated in the Annual Ho’ike in San Francisco in 2020 & 2023. 

Jayden’s love and talent for dance came from his dad  who used to be a member of a dance group in high school many many years ago. He joined PDD Company in 2020 and attended his very first TDA (2021)  in Las Vegas and they won first place in the mini hip hop division. His first love is hip hop but every dance season, he challenges himself to try other dance genres like ballroom, tap and jazz. This is his third year with PDD company (hip hop) and first PDD Company Prep in jazz. His competitive side made him work harder every season and loves to be on stage during competitions and performances. 

Our advice to other families is to nurture your kids’ talent and encourage them to excel. Let them enjoy and with our guidance they will develop self discipline and discover their true potential. It’s a dedication that the whole family put hard work, sweat, tears and investment into. And if you get the chance, we highly encourage you to volunteer during rehearsals and performances not only to help but also to witness how much hard work our kids, teachers and everyone put together for a great show. 

We thank Wendy and Jeremy for providing a safe and encouraging environment for our kids to grow,enhance and show their talents. For their teachers and mentors, thank you for your hard work and for motivating them to always do their best. Thank you to all the staff for the daily reminders especially during shows and competitions, you are our support system. For all PDD kids and families, you are all amazing and we are excited for the next dance season … LET’S DEUX THIS!