Junior Jazz & Creative Movement Instructor
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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