Maui Ballet was borne from the idea to support young dancers on Maui in unique ways during the Covid-19 pandemic. As 2020 spring performances were cancelled across the globe, young artists were unable to showcase their work for live audiences, leaving them with unfulfilled dreams.
Traveling to Maui weekly for over 27 years offering her expertise in training and choreography, Virginia Holte has both a long history in classical ballet, and love for the Maui dance community. As the founder and artistic director of West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy on the Big Island, she envisioned a way to continue teaching her Maui students thru virtual instruction. “Passing it down to the future generation” is what keeps classical ballet alive.
Following up a successful inaugural performance, Selections from Don Quixote, and the subsequent Summer Intensive, Maui Ballet’s next effort will be the 2021 Fall Sessions of Ballet Education.
At Maui Ballet™, a new, project-based outreach program under West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy, a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit Educational Arts Organization, our mission is to transform individuals and build community.
In dedication to the safety and comfort of our dancers, Maui Ballet is building out a NEW dance space in Makawao for the Maui Dance Community!
The 840 square foot space will include a state-of-the-art sprung dance floor with non-slip Marley covering, wall barres, mirrors, and fresh air flow for optimum health benefits. With ample parking, close proximity to schools, restaurants and shopping, Maui Ballet is the ideal spot for dancers of all ages!
Maui Ballet’s unique project-based model serves Maui's community through a comprehensive, graded curriculum with a focus on Classical Ballet for dancers Age 3 to Adult.
Our program includes...
Today’s dancers need to be versatile. We provide a blended version of Cecchetti, Russian and French ballet technique in our classes.
Speak the Language
The specific language of ballet is imperative to success.
Understand the language of ballet is empowering, dancers are more confident and more easily grasp the meaning behind the movements which results in proper execution.
The more you know...
Our body is our instrument. We educate students on body parts and systems, and how they interrelate to improve technique and make our body move more efficiently.
• Injury Prevention
The combination of cutting edge complementary movement systems such as Yoga, Pilates, BodyCode®, Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®, and the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods are studied to give dancers the edge they need for today’s demanding choreography.
• Dance History
Learn from the Past
Ballet traces its origins from the Italian Renaissance in the 15th & 16th Centuries. In order to move forward in art, one needs to trace back to its roots. By exploring these traditions, and the composers that were responsible for the music, we get a better sense of interpretation of the roles in ballets that we learn and perform.
Dancers learn, rehearse and perform selections from some of the most endearing classical ballets of all times. Performances empower dancers through active participation, strengthening their confidence, self-esteem, and artistry.
The Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) is the largest international student ballet competition and scholarship program. Specific Classical Ballet variations are required to enter the competition. Maui Ballet is well-versed in preparing students to successfully enter the competition.
Experience exacting attention to detail with a holistic approach. Join Maui Ballet for world class instruction with aloha, taught by Virginia Holte & Marisa Montany
Classical Ballet Technique - All Ages + Levels
Creative Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-5)
Primary Ballet I (Ages 5-7)
Ballet Technique (Ages 8-10)
Pre-Pointe / Beginning Pointe (Ages 11-13)
Intermediate / Advanced Technique
Intermediate / Advanced Pointe & Variation
Open Teen / Adult Ballet
Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®
Injury Prevention + Strengthening
GYROKINESIS® + GYROTONIC® Methods
Private & Duet Lessons by request
Who may Enroll?*
Ages 3 and up!
To provide individualized attention, class size is limited to 8 dancers.
All Dancers must follow the current CDC and Maui County COVID protocols. Temperatures are taken upon entry to the studio and hands sanitized. If your dancers is feeling ill, even slightly, please do not come to class.
Enrollment is now OPEN!
Founder & Artistic Director
Founder and Artistic Director Virginia Holte has been sharing her love of ballet and movement with the Hawaii community since 1986. A graduate of the Academy of the Washington Ballet under the late Mary Day, Ms. Holte enjoyed a long professional dance career with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Chicago Ballet, Washington Ballet and various guest appearances with Ballet Internationale, New Jersey Ballet, and Indiana Ballet Theatre N.W.