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!

December 2022
The Saoit Family

Aloha and Happy Holidays! We are the Saoit family!  Mom Louise, dancer Sadie (14), Dad Steve, and lil’ brother Liam (9)

We are honored and blessed to be the family of the month for December.  

Steve is a mental health professional, Louise is an elementary teacher, Sadie is a freshman at Waipahu High School, and Liam is a 4th grader at Nu’uanu Elementary.  

We have been apart of the PDD Ohana since 2011 when Sadie started a Creative Movement class so she could wear a cutesy tutu.  With many cute costumes and colored class leotards later, Sadie started her competitive dance journey with PDD’s mini company in 2018.  She continued on to junior company and then on to teen company dancing ballet, jazz, and later adding contemporary and ballroom.  From the beginning, Sadie’s LOVE for dance grew with every recital she performed, new genre she tried, competition she competed, and dance convention she participated in.  This season Sadie decided to take a break from competitive dance and is currently enjoying advance classes in ballet and jazz.  

As dance parents, we will always cherish and appreciate the brightness of her ruby red smile and the pure joy we see when she’s on stage.  During competition season, the mention of “Diamond!” or “You Rock Jump!” followed by cheering PDD dancers (and families) will always be a magical memory for us.  

Sadie’s years at the studio has molded her into a creative, positive, independent, and confident teenager.  We truly believe her dance training at PDD contributed to her other accomplishments including high academics, student body president term, and receiving an honorary award from the Hawaii State Legislature in May 2022.  

Our advice to new families is to get involved and volunteer when possible.  Being a part of “the behind the scenes” of a recital and competition definitely gave us a deeper appreciation of PDD’s grand operation and our dancer’s hard work.  BONUS:  You also get a chance to meet and get to know many other awesome PDD families!  

We’d love to thank all the teachers, admin, mentors, and dancers for their hard work and talent that makes PDD the best studio in Hawaii.  Special thanks to our fearless leaders and studio owners, Wendy and Jeremy, for keeping the arts alive in our community and providing a safe and supportive environment for our kids!  We are a proud PDD family!  

With Love and Gratitude,

The Saoit Family