Desiree Cremer, educator from Cape Town, South Africa, obtained her MA in Dance Education from New York University and her BFA in Dance from the University of Hawaii. She is also a highly qualified teacher in Social Studies. Currently she is the dance teacher and director of the Aiea High Dance program and the Aiea Repertory Dance Company. All dance classes are in the regular school day. Enrolled students in dance can earn their Fine Arts requirement. Currently she teaches 2 ballet classes and 2 modern dance classes. She is determined to provide her students with formal dance training.
She directed her own dance school in the Athlone township of Cape Town. In South Africa, Cremer worked with the Silverleaf Children, Jazzart, The Eoan Group, Community Arts Project and the Baxter Theater. She was chosen for the International Choreographers Program at the American Dance Festival at Duke University, North Carolina.
In Honolulu, she conducted several dance education workshops for Hawaii’s schools, and was an artist educator for The Alliance for Drama Education. Her choreography was presented at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and Leeward Community College dance festivals, on PBS “African-Americans in Hawaii”, and at the American College Dance festival.
Cremer was awarded OC 16 Time Warner Outstanding Educator in Hawaii in 2013, as well as the Educational Excellence Award from Zippys, Hawaii for the innovative dance program at Aiea High School. The Aiea High Dance Program and the Aiea Repertory Dance Company were featured in the OC 16 television program, TeachIT Hawaii. Desiree Cremer is currently pursuing her doctorate in education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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