August 2019 - The Balberdi Family

Aloha! We are the Balberdi ‘ohana — Ben, Jaz, Alika and Eliana. We are humbled and so grateful for being PDD’s Family of the Month.

Ben works in Communications at Kamehameha Schools and Jaz also works at Kamehameha Schools as a Senior Analyst. Alika is an incoming seventh grader at Mid-Pac and Eliana is going into fourth grade at Maryknoll. Our keiki keep us busy with baseball and dance. This summer Alika had an awesome and unforgettable experience in New York playing with a Maui team in Cooperstown. At the same time Eliana was competing in Las Vegas with her PDD ohana. She was so excited to be in workshops led by tWitch and Travis Wall.

We joined the PDD ‘ohana in 2014 when Eliana took her first class — Creative Movement. This past year Eliana was fortunate to make Ballet Company. She is also in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tahitian and hopes to get back into Musical Theater soon.

We are so thankful for the many opportunities Wendy and Jeremy provide. They have allowed Eliana and so many other kids grow as artists. The experience and guidance they share with the kids are priceless. Many thanks to the teachers who motivate and push Eliana to grow in her abilities. Oh and the admin staff, you are a wonderful group who do so much for the kids and families and make us all feel welcome in our second home we call Pas De Deux Hawaii.

Our advice to new families: enjoy the dance and performing arts journey with your keiki and volunteer for performances to be part of the magic that happens behind the scenes!