How it all began
The first dance class at Aiea High School was offered in 2003. Wendy Larrow, former Fine Arts teacher of Aiea High School, taught the first creative dance class in the school’s cafeteria. Ms. Larrow planted the seeds of movement with her focus on dance and literacy. Desiree Cremer, who shares the same movement philosophy as Ms. Larrow, took over the classes and then pioneered the dance program in 2005.
The Aiea High dance program continued to grow, and the school renovated the H1 building into a dance studio. With a special raised dance floor, mirrors, and ballet barres, this larger studio provided the dance students the space to explore and just dance. In the winter of 2009, Mrs. Cremer choreographed and staged excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet. The ballet featured dancers on pointe, which was a first for the program. In May 2012 the dance program had their 6th annual Spring Concert at Pearl City Cultural Center. The program consisted of dance pieces choreographed by the dance students, Ms. Alice James and Ms. Cremer. In 2011-2012 school year, Aiea High Dance Program offered the first ballet class. For school year 2015-16, the dance program offers two ballet classes and 3 modern dance classes. We at Aiea High are committed to offering the community a formal dance program, with the emphasis on dance technique, improvisation and opportunities to choreograph.
The Aiea repertory dance company is an extension of the ballet and modern dance curriculum, providing a platform for the Aiea dance program to showcase excellence.