December 2017 - The Dolor Family

Mele Kalikimaka from the Dolor Ohana! We are humbled to be chosen as PDD’s Family of the Month. Andre is a plant mechanic for the City and County of Honolulu. Deb is a Management Assistant for Kaiser Permanente. Sydney is an 8th grader at Kamehameha Middle School and Kennedy is a kindergartener at Our Savior Lutheran School.

At six years old, Hip Hop was a great introduction to dance for Syd. Our only expectation for her was to come out of her shell, make friends and have fun! The bonus: she learned how to listen and take direction, her attention span and memorization improved, and she was able to express herself creatively. A year later, and drawn in by the leaps and turns (and of course the sparkly costumes), we added Jazz. As she progressed, and was passing the hobby stage, we put Hip Hop on hold and added Ballet to her training. We think she will always be a Hip Hop dancer at heart.

Fast forward seven years, and we now have a 13 year old, who is self-confident and committed to her Junior Company Team. Waking up at 530 am for school, doing homework at recess, squeezing in a car nap while in H1 traffic (to get to dance) and getting to bed at 10pm is all worth it when you are doing something you love!

We can’t forget Kenny, who was born into PDD. As soon as she turned three, we had her trial a Creative Movement class. To our disappointment, she was not enthusiastic about it. Next enrollment period was different...she told us she was ready! With social skills gained, her transition into preschool was an easy one. Now five, and enjoying herself in Pre-Ballet, she aspires to be a professional dancer when she grows up...ironically, she is not as motivated as sissy to wake up early on Saturdays to add jazz classes. Her idea of extra time at the studio is spending it with her friends who are also waiting for their siblings. We are still hopeful.

For new families: Our advice is to enjoy every moment and see where your child’s dance journey takes you. It’s all a process; allow your child to lead the way. Dance class goes beyond the 3 minutes of performing on stage. You may pay for dance classes, but your return on investment is far greater. Your child will gain valuable life skills, have wonderful experiences, will make best friends and memories that they will treasure.

Thank you to Wendy and Jeremy for providing a second home for our kids and for blessing us with this honor. Mahalo to the teachers who encourage our children to be better than they ever thought they could be. Thank you to the other dance moms (and dads) who have become our extended family. Your support is appreciated. To Florence and Trista Agos – what a ride it has been! Lastly, we don’t recognize these two often enough. “Mama Uber” we appreciate you for helping to shuttle our kids to/from class and much love to daddy, who works so hard to make all of this possible!

Can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for all of us!