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, Jazz

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.

Taylor Domion

Taylor Domian = Musical Theatre

Taylor has been dancing at The Movement Center ever since she was five years old. Over the years, she has taken Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary, and has explored some Tap, Ballet, and voice classes. She was a TA for the Song and Dance and Musical Theatre classes for five years. This will be her second year as a teacher at The Movement Center. When she’s not dancing, she enjoys being a part of the theatre program at her school and the basketball and track teams.

Chansri A. Green

Chansri A. Green = Ballet Mistress, Ballet, Pointe

Chansri has been teaching at TMC since 2005. Originally from Normal, Illinois, she was trained at The Joffrey School (NYC), The Harid Conservatory, The Juilliard School, the Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College Chicago, University of Hawaii at Manoa. While having taught Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary she enjoys teaching Classical Ballet the most.

Chansri enjoys sharing her passion, knowledge and love for classical ballet with students in every level. Helping them find their own understanding of their body, personal drive and artistic expression is such an empowering experience to nurture and mentor in young dancers and gives me a sense of purpose and meaning every time she walk in to the studio. She feels that to witness their growth, not only as dance students, but also as young people is amazing and she is so proud of the work we do at TMC to create good people through excellent education in the performing arts.

Alex Lum

Alex Lum = Hip Hop

Alex took his first Hip Hop class here at TMC and fell in love with dance. He went on to receive his Bachelors degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied many dance forms. He has been in production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and toured all over the world. His most recent shows have been with Princess Cruises where he was part of the production cast. Heʻs back home for now and he couldn’t be happier letting his dancing bring him full circle as TMC is and always will be a very special place.


Halle Lum

Halle Lum = Contemporary, Ballet

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.

Rachel Lum

Rachel Hayner Lum = Ballet, Jazz

Rachael is originally from Kansas City but has now made Honolulu her home. She trained with Hubbard Street 2, American Ballet Theatre, Virginia School of the Arts, University of the Arts, Fort Wayne Ballet, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas. Rachael performed in numerous shows on the Las Vegas Strip at New York New York and Planet Hollywood Casinos. She then started touring all over the United States and Canada with Spirit & Dublin Worldwide Productions. Rachael then continued her passion of travel and dance as a performer for Princess Cruise Lines, and was promoted to Company Performance Manager of onboard production casts. Rachael enjoys teaching many different styles of dance and is always passionate about sharing her love of dance with others.

Taylor Mackowiak

Taylor Mackowiak = Ballet, PreBallet, Mighty Movers, Mini Movers

Miss Taylor started dancing at The Movement Center at the age of three, where she continued dancing until she became a teacher four years ago. She is currently studying at UH Manoa, majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood education.

Elisabeth Mathers

Elisabeth Mathers = Ballet, Contemporary

Elisabeth Kurashige Mather received her early training at Ballet Hawaii and obtained a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. She currently teaches at The Movement Center and Prisma Dance and performs with Convergence Dance Theatre. Elisabeth loves teaching people how to roll on the floor efficiently, explaining how to correctly execute cou de pieds devant, and finding pictures of baby penguins on Instagram.

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!

Holly Sheen

Holly Sheen = Artistic Director, Tap, Jazz, TMC Dance Company

Bio to come...

Hannah Stoltenberg

Hannah Stoltenberg = Song & Dance, Musical Theatre, Tap

Hannah Stoltenberg has been in a dance studio for as long as she can remember but her career and training took off during her time with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s pre-professional program. With the Houston Met, she trained under Marlana Doyle, Kiki Lucas, Annette Karim, and Betsy McMillan. Under their tutelage Hannah had opportunities to perform works and train under nationally acclaimed choreographers and instructors. While in Houston, she trained extensively in ballet, tap and contemporary jazz. Upon graduating high school, Hannah continued her dance training at Belhaven University focusing on modern dance and choreography. During her time at Belhaven, Hannah performed a re-staging of Doris Humphries’ Water Study, as well as original works by Ryan Corriston, Vincent Hardy, Krista Bower, Emily Wright and many others. In recent years Hannah has shifted to the academic study of dance and has been researching Indian classical dance forms extensively. Currently she performs with Convergence Dance Theater.

Staff

Colleen Lum

Colleen Lum = Executive Director

Colleen Lum has been TMC’s amazing Executive Director since 2016. Shortly after TMC opened in Jan 1999 she signed her oldest daughter up for classes. She immediately volunteered to help at the front desk. Her incredible ability for remembering the students, their classes and their families affirmed her value. Miss Colleen can answer your questions about classes, help you fit dance shoes, all while balancing a budget. Since then all three of her children have danced at TMC, and Alex now teaches! Ms. Colleen believes that the arts are important to a childʻs development and strives to ensure The Movement Center provides that. She loves to see the joy on the students faces when they dance, especially when she gets a hug!

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. She is currently a school leader at SEEQS: the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability a secondary public charter school in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.