Instructors & Staff

Our instructors and staff pride themselves on providing the best resources and performance education to all our students and their families.

Meet Our Instructors

(alphabetical)

Regina Ahlgren

Regina Ahlgren = Jazz, Theatre Jazz

Regina Ahlgren is a native New Yorker. Her dance training includes Phil Black, Feld Ballet, David Howard, and the Joffrey Ballet. Her career began at 18 with a national tour of Sugar Babies staring Pinky Lee. Ms. Ahlgren continued to tour first nationals and Broadway productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, and Saturday Night Fever. She has been seen nationally and internationally in musicals such as A Chorus Line directed by Baayork Lee, Babes in Arms staring Kristin Chenoweth, Oklahoma and Phantom. She was “dance captain” of the European tour of 42nd Street. Ms. Ahlgren has also directed and choreographed professional productions of West Side Story, Annie, Caberet, Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, and Pippin. In 2016, Regina directed and choreographed a CJ Entertainment production of 42nd Street in Seoul Korea.

Gina Cross

Gina Cross = Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Mini and Mighty Movers

Gina Cross started dancing in a small studio in Texas. She was a part of many competitive dance teams and even moved on to dance in college. Gina moved to the island in 2012 and studied dance at UH. She enjoys teaching the kids new tricks and showing off her dog, Simba.

Allison Havins

Allison Havins = Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre

Allison Havins started dance at the age of three in the Bay Area of California. As she grew, her love of dance grew. She went on to dance competitively. She studied dance in her community college, joining their dance team and performing around California. She has loved teaching recreation and competitive dance for the past fifteen years. She moved to Oahu in 2019 and fell in love with TMC!





Halle Lum

Halle Lum = Ballet, Contempory

Halle is happy to be home after two years of ballet training at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. In Hawaii, she trained at Ballet Hawaii, Honolulu Dance Studio, Punahou Dance School and The Movement Center. Halle began competing regionally and nationally from age 6 (Kitri with Miss Chansri). She placed 1st in many local, mainland and national competitions with New York City Dance Alliance, JUMP, Spotlight and Open Call. Halle competed at Youth America Grand Prix Finals in NYC and placed in the Top 10 at The Dance Awards. She is fortunate to have trained and mentored with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, in their Trainee Program. She also danced the role of Clara in Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker where she learned original choreography by Septime Webre and was coached by him. She trained in summer programs at The Rock School, Miami City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet School, School of American Ballet (CA), American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet School.

Elisabeth Mather

Elisabeth Kurashige Mather = Ballet, Contemporary

Elisabeth Kurashige Mather received her early training at Ballet Hawaii, under artistic director Pamela Taylor-Tongg, and furthered her training through dance intensives with Ad Deum Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, and the American Dance Festival. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Belhaven University. Notable performances at Belhaven University include Donald McKayle’s historic Songs of the Disinherited. In addition to teaching for The Movement Center and Prisma Dance, she has danced with Convergence Dance Theatre since 2013 and has performed collaboratively with Spatial Sculptors and Samadhi Hawaii.

Shinogu Sato

Shinogu Sato = Acro &Tumbling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Stretch & Strength

Shinogu was born in Japan and loves active sports! She started Ballet when she was 7 years old. She competed in all round Japan in Gymnastics, regionally and four times at a national level! She has won many titles. Shinogu went on to Tokyo Women’s Junior College and studied Physical Education. After graduating college, Shinogu started teaching Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics in Tokyo. She was also a coach of the Japan Rhythmic Gymnastics team. After teaching in Japan for 15 years she moved to Hawaii! Shinogu brought her daughter, Ayami, to take class at TMC which led her to start teaching Tumbling class! Shinogu has a powerful drive and passion to teach Tumbling/Acro dance, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Fit Wahine. She continues to love watching and participating in sports!

Kelsey

Kelsey Yoshioka = Ballet, Musical Theatre, Song & Dance

Kelsey has been dancing at The Movement Center since she was 5 years old. She has taken ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and tumbling classes over the years and currently dances ballet at TMC. Kelsey has also been in her school’s musical theater program for 5 years. Past productions include Beauty and the Beast Jr., Mulan Jr., Fiddler on the Roof, and the Drowsy Chaperone. In her free time, she enjoys shopping at Ala Moana often and baking. Fortunately, she will be continuing on to attend the University of Hawai’i Mānoa where she will be majoring in nursing.

Crystal Yukumoto

Crystal Yukumoto = Ballet & Point

Crystal Yukumoto was born in Hawaii and began her classical ballet training in Europe. She received her BFA and Masters of Education degrees from Texas Christian University. She has danced professionally with domestic and international dance companies such as: Ballet Frontier, Commedia Ballet Theater, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, New World Ballet, North Texas Ballet Theatre, and Skånes Dansteater in Sweden. Crystal has taught ballet at various studios in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as for the Swedish National Ballet School in Malmö, Sweden. She also taught ballroom dance through the Dancing Classrooms North Texas program, is a 500 hour RYT certified yoga instructor, and a certified Barre Above instructor.

Staff

Maureen Mackowiak

Maureen Mackowiak = Reception, Costumes

Maureen Mackowiak has worked at TMC since 2008. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Maureen is a talented costumer and front desk person. She loves working with families and watching students express themselves, have fun, make new friends and gain confidence while becoming well-rounded dancers and performers.

Founder

Lisa Kimsey

Lisa Kimsey

Lisa Kimsey founded The Movement Center, a non-profit performing arts school in 1998. Her favorite thing to do is to create opportunities for others to do great things. Lisa pursues her passions, by doing meaningful work, and contributing positively to the community.