Grady SullivanNadia Schlosser teaching a class


The BIDC Dance Education Project creates a unique partnership between the schools and the performing arts, offering enrichment activities to public and private schools on the island of Hawai'i, while consistently conforming to Hawai'i Content and Performance Standards.

Workshop sessions

The program runs a 4 to 10 week series of 45-minute workshops during the school day. The program can be tailored to the needs of the students and teachers of varied grade levels. Summer sessions are also available.

Creative movement - grades pre-school to 2

Children explore the elements of dance through concepts of space, time, and energy. The age appropriate format appeals to the elementary age student’s natural capacity to ”learn by doing” and complements the classroom curriculum. Hip-hop is a popular style for this age group.

Keiki Outreach - Grades Pre-school to 2

Through hip hop, jazz, African, and traditional creative movement, class content can be customized to provide children with a wide variety of genres of dance movement experience while appealing to their interests. Different styles are included to motivate the students while catering to your school’s objectives.

Youth outreach - grades 3 - 12

YO workshops make use of popular dance forms (hip-hop, breaking, aerial, modern, African, swing, ballroom-latin, jazz) to encourage the spirit of positive experimentation and self-discovery. Residencies often culminate in short performances by the students.

serving all school districts

The project serves all Hawai'i Island school districts, particularly those in economically disadvantaged or rural areas where there is limited access to creative arts programs, including handicapped, at-risk youth, and Special Education students.

Project Coordinator - Cheryl Aue

Cheryl began dancing at age 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was certified by Southern Dance Masters at age 15 and began teaching ballet, tap, and jazz. Cheryl danced with the Burney Lyons Dance Troupe and performed throughout the mid-south as well as at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Here in Hawai'i, she has taught dance at the YWCA, Hilo Intermediate School, and for the Performing Arts Learning Center at Hilo High. She presently teaches tap and ballet at Center Stage Dance Studio and tap at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo through the Fitness for Life program. Contact Cheryl at 808-345-0141.


Funding for this program comes from sources which include fees from participating schools, (e.g. PTSA, D.A.R.E., fundraisers or student’s fee), with a matching grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. School fees are due upon completion of the session.

BIDC's Dance Education program is part of BIDC's overall mission to promote Dance awareness and experience. It is supported by the State Foundation On Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.


BIDC Dance Education Project (PDF)

Cataclysm Teaching and Performing Hip-Hop Crew (PDF)

Cataclysm Flyer (PDF)

Contact Cheryl for further information:

Cheryl Aue
Project Coordinator
Email Cheryl

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