KALAHEO — For almost 30 years, a little gem of a dance studio has been teaching generations of young — and older — dancers on the island. This month, the Kaua‘i Dance Theatre begins its 27th season as classes resume for its summer-fall term.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else, I love dancing,” said KDT Director and teacher Janie Crane, letting out a big laugh.
Crane teaches in her Kalaheo studio various levels of ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, creative movement and morning exercises.
“We start at age 4 and go all the way up to adults,” she said of the age range of KDT students.
This fall, KDT will be offering a new evening session, “Introduction to Ballet,” six classes for beginning-level adults and teens.
Crane said the classes are somewhat small, with six to 12 students, which allows for personal and more focused attention on the students’ techniques.
Crane said she has been involved in the world of dance for nearly 50 years; she started when she was 11.
On Kaua‘i, she has been offering dance classes since 1986.
Now teaching a second generation of aspiring dancers, she continues to share her love of dance with her students.
She also attends annual educational seminars and classes on the Mainland to refresh and update her teaching skills.
Additionally, KDT sponsors workshops with visiting instructors for all Kaua‘i dance students. In June, Matisse Madden, a dancer with the Connecticut Ballet and ballet teacher at Yale University, held a ballet intensive and master class.
For more information, including a schedule for the upcoming classes, visit www.kauaidancetheatre.com or call Crane at 332-9737.