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
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 = 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 = Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre
Halle Lum = Ballet, Contempory
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 = 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 Yoshioka = Ballet, Musical Theatre, Song & Dance
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.
Maureen Mackowiak = Reception, Costumes
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.