Classes

Instructors

Vanessa Chong has studied flamenco in Spain, California, and New Mexico.

Classes: Flamenco for Beginners

Sarah Hammond

Classes: Hip Hop Ages 6-10

Nicholas Howe began teaching acting with Applause Performance Academy in Wahiawa and has been teaching acting and dance ever since. He was on staff for the Ohana Arts summer program in 2019 and worked as Assistant Director and Assistant Choreographer for CATS. 

Classes: Musical Theatre Dance, Ballet & Tap for Young Dancers

Mathias Maas has worked at Honolulu Theatre for Youth for over 8 years, assisting with their youth theatre productions.  Mathias also taught theatre classes at Punahou and currently is teaching at ‘Iolani School. 

Classes: Musical Theatre Experience – Year Round & Homeschool, MTE for Adults, MTE Summer (Acting Instructor), MTE II (Program Director)

Erin McFadden grew up dancing in California. She has performed in multiple shows at Diamond Head Theatre and was the tap choreographer for Something Rotten. She is the former Shooting Stars tap instructor and taught dance at DHT and all around Oahu for many years. Erin is currently residing in California with her puppy and is excited to be able to teach online with DHT.

Classes: Beginner Tap, Ballet & Tap for Young Dancers

Anna Motteler is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and performed with the State of Alabama Ballet.  DHT credits include Crazy For You, The Will Rogers Follies, Oliver!, 42nd St., Phantom, and most recently Camelot.  She currently teaches and choreographs at Queen Emma Ballet. 

Classes: Daytime Broadway Dance, Daytime Tap, Daytime Ballet & Stretch, Tap for Musical Theatre Levels 1 & 2, MTE for Homeschool

Jared Paakaula

Classes: Commercial Jazz

Nanilisa Pascua received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Nanilisa is a music educator in the public school system and teaches private voice and is a vocal coach.  Nanilisa has also been musical director for the DHT Shooting Stars since its inception.

Classes: Broadway Vocal, Musical Theatre Experience Year-Round, MTE for Adults

John Rampage is well known to Honolulu audiences and has directed and/or choreographed countless award-winning shows all around Oahu. In addition, he teaches dance at Queen Emma Dance, Inc. and DHT. 

Classes: Broadway Jazz, Silver Stars

Aubrey Lee Staley 

Classes: Hip Hop for Ages 11+, Musical Theatre Jazz

Kayla Uchida Bio coming soon!

Classes: Beginner Tap, MTE for Adults

Shannon Winpenny has studied at several prestigious acting schools in Chicago including The Second City. She has been writing, directing and performing in Chicago and Honolulu for over 15 years. In 2007, she opened Laughtrack Theater Co.

Classes: Acting for Adults, Acting for Children

Caryn Yee has done tap choreography and performed in multiple shows at Diamond Head Theatre. Caryn also teaches & choreographs for the Punahou Tap Company. She received her training at Punahou Dance School, Dupree Dance Academy, and The Edge in Los Angeles.

Classes: Tap for Intermediate, Advanced, & Adult Multi-Level

Yvonne Yanagihara is trained in ballet, tap and jazz.  She was the ballet instructor at SeaWorld in Florida and Columbus Dance Center, and was the dance instructor at the American School in Japan.  Locally, Yvonne has taught at Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy, Nix Dance, The Movement Center, and Ballet Hawaii.

Classes: Musical Theatre Experience Year-Round