Instructors & Staff


Alyssa Okawa
Junior Jazz & Creative Movement Instructor
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Alyssa​ ​Okawa​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​Mililani,​ ​Hawaii​ ​and​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​a​ ​senior​ ​at​ ​Mililani​ ​High​ ​School. She​ ​started​ ​dancing​ ​at​ ​Sabrina​ ​Starr​ ​Dance​ ​Studio​ ​at​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​four​ ​and​ ​has​ ​earned​ ​the​ ​title​ ​of Sabrina​ ​Starr​ ​Little​ ​Star​ ​Dancer​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​in​ ​2007.​ ​She​ ​played​ ​the​ ​lead​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Clara​ ​in​ ​the Nutcracker​ ​Ballet​ ​performance​ ​that​ ​same​ ​year.​ ​​ ​She​ ​moved​ ​with​ ​the​ ​studio​ ​to​ ​Y​ ​Performing​ ​Arts at​ ​the​ ​YMCA​ ​Mililani,​ ​then​ ​to​ ​Pas​ ​De​ ​Deux​ ​Hawaii​ ​in​ ​Waipahu,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​current​ ​location​ ​in Waipio.​ ​​ ​Alyssa​ ​has​ ​trained​ ​under​ ​Annri​ ​Opitz-kostick​ ​(Ballet​ ​and​ ​Pointe),​ ​Allicia​ ​Thompson (Jazz),​ ​Chandler​ ​Loque​ ​(Jazz​ ​and​ ​Contemporary),​ ​and​ ​Shauna​ ​Rivera​ ​(Hula).​ ​She​ ​was​ ​also​ ​a hula​ ​mentor​ ​from​ ​2013-2017.

Alyssa​ ​competed​ ​in​ ​several​ ​dance​ ​competitions​ ​such​ ​as,​ ​Spotlight​ ​Dance​ ​Cup,​ ​Youth America​ ​Grand​ ​Prix,​ ​JUMP​ ​Tour,​ ​and​ ​The​ ​Dance​ ​Awards.​ ​​ ​She​ ​entered​ ​as​ ​a​ ​soloist​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a participant​ ​in​ ​group​ ​numbers.​ ​​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​her​ ​accomplishments​ ​include​ ​earning​ ​a​ ​Ruby​ ​Award​ ​and a​ ​Judges​ ​Choice​ ​Award​ ​with​ ​her​ ​lyrical​ ​solo​ ​“Miss​ ​Invisible”​ ​back​ ​in​ ​2008,​ ​and​ ​also​ ​a​ ​Diamond Award​ ​​ ​and​ ​a​ ​Judges​ ​Choice​ ​Award​ ​with​ ​her​ ​classical​ ​ballet​ ​solo​ ​“Paquita”​ ​in​ ​2016​ ​at​ ​the Spotlight​ ​Dance​ ​Cup​ ​Competition.​ ​​ ​She​ ​is​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Senior​ ​Dance​ ​Company​ ​that​ ​competed​ ​in the​ ​Jump​ ​Tour​ ​Convention​ ​in​ ​Hawaii​ ​and​ ​The​ ​Dance​ ​Awards​ ​in​ ​Las​ ​Vegas.​ ​​ ​Her​ ​latest accomplishment​ ​was​ ​getting​ ​top​ ​five​ ​in​ ​the​ ​senior​ ​soloist​ ​category​ ​with​ ​her​ ​dance​ ​routine “Strong”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​JUMP​ ​Tour​ ​Convention​ ​in​ ​Hawaii.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​YAGP​ ​competition​ ​she​ ​was invited​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​either​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​ballet​ ​intensive​ ​or​ ​full​ ​senior​ ​year​ ​program​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University of​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​School​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Arts.​

One​ ​of​ ​Alyssa’s​ ​greatest​ ​accomplishments​ ​was​ ​being honored​ ​as​ ​Ballet​ ​Dancer​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​at​ ​Pas​ ​De​ ​Deux​ ​Hawaii​ ​in​ ​2016.​ ​She​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​a​ ​few dance​ ​venues​ ​such​ ​as​ ​“The​ ​Pulse​ ​Dance​ ​Convention”​ ​and​ ​“Disney’s​ ​Dance​ ​The​ ​Magic”.​ ​​ ​She also​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​numerous​ ​performances​ ​at​ ​local​ ​venues​ ​such​ ​as,​ ​Ala​ ​Moana​ ​Shopping Center,​ ​Pearlridge​ ​Shopping​ ​Center,​ ​Kahala​ ​Mall,​ ​Kamakana​ ​Ali’i,​ ​Mililani​ ​Town​ ​Center,​ ​Harry Winston​ ​Jewelry​ ​Event,​ ​backup​ ​dancer​ ​for​ ​Jordan​ ​Segundo​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Ronald​ ​McDonald​ ​Children’s Charity​ ​Event,​ ​and​ ​hula​ ​dancer​ ​for​ ​Maila​ ​Gibson.

From​ ​years​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​mentoring​ ​and​ ​dancing,​ ​Alyssa​ ​is​ ​excited​ ​and​ ​honored​ ​to share​ ​her​ ​passion​ ​and​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​dance​ ​to​ ​her​ ​students.​ ​​ ​She​ ​hopes​ ​that​ ​they​ ​will​ ​learn​ ​to become​ ​expressive,​ ​confident,​ ​and​ ​most​ ​of​ ​all​ ​have​ ​LOTS​ ​of​ ​fun!

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