Penny Young has been the director of Drill Team Hawaii
since its inceception. She hails from Salt Lake City, Utah where she
taught dance at Cyprus High School for two years, after which she
moved to Hawaii to teach at BrighamYoung University of Hawaii and
serve as Director of Student Activities and Dance Instructor. She
then moved into town and began the First Priority at St. Andrews Priory.
Kaopua is Mrs. Young's daughter and has been with her
as a student and now serves as the team choreographer. Febray attended
Utah State University where she danced as a USU Aggiette and then
after graduation returned home to teach. She has choreographed for
such events as Ed McMahon's Star Search, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day
Parade, and numerous routines the team has taken to competitions.
- Brigitte Nakagawa (formerly Noguchi) has received her ballet training locally from Hawaii State Ballet. She has danced many lead roles in the classical productions with Hawaii State Ballet's Junior Company. At the age of 15, she was accepted to be an active participant in the Prix de Lausanne Competition in Switzerland where she was invited to further her studies abroad in Tokyo with Asami Maki Ballet. She was among the elite group of young dancers to be part of the International Dance Festival in La Baule, France, which included the major international stars.
After graduating Punahou School, she continued dancing with Asami Maki Ballet in major classical ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Nakagawa has returned to Hawaii where she has taught for ballet schools, such as Ballet Hawaii, Hawaii State Ballet, Honolulu Dance Theatre. Currently, teaching for Drill Team Hawaii and Honolulu Classical Ballet. She also, is the director of her own dance school, Premiere Steps, which is a traveling dance school to preschools in Honolulu.
She has received her Bachelors of Science, in Family Resources with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development and a minor in Dance at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Ms. Nakagawa's most important role and accomplishment is being a mommy to her two daughters ages 4 and 1 years old. She looks forward to having her daughters enjoy dancing and appreciate the art and culture of dance here in Hawaii.
Town was born on the Island of Maui. She has been dancing
and teaching for Drill Team Hawaii over 18 years. Ms. Town says “dance
really allows you to express yourself.”
- Cecila Wright
Chun has danced in the N.M.T.A. Bicentennial, Scottish/American
Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet, the Opening Ceremonies of the Statue of
Liberty Celebrations and episodes of the TV Series 'Fame'. She has danced
principal roles with the Honolulu Dance Theatre, Ballet Hawaii, Hawaii
Ballet Theatre, and Hawaii Opera Theatre. She is the 1996 recipient
of the Hawaii State Dance Council Award recognizing her contribution
to the arts in Hawaii and the 1999 Individual Artist Performing Arts
Fellowship established by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Ms. Chun currently teaches at Mid-Pacific School of Performing Arts.
Guest Instructors from the Mainland:
Peters is easily recognized as one of the nation's most
innovative and award winning choreographers in the worlds of Dance,
Cheerleading, and Sports Entertainment. He has choreographed for numerous
pro sports such as Denver Bronco Cheerleaders, LA Lakers Girls and
much more. In addition, John has choreographed countless winning routines
for College, High School, Studio, and All-Star Cheerleading and Dance
Champions, including the prestigious Drill Team Hawaii.
Carlee Puffer is a native of California. She is a Professional Teacher
/Choreographer /Dancer with over 20 years of Dance/Entertainment experience.
She is presently a Teacher/Choreographer and Assistant Director for
West Coast School of the Arts in Irvine. Stage credits include Saban
Entertainment, Sketchers, City of Hope, Michael Barrymore Show, and
Avante Garde. She has achieved three great aspirations of her life,
the launch of her business "Custom Creations"; and the birth of her
son, Sterling and the birth of her daughter, Kirklynn.
Local Guest Instructors:
Sabado is a Kaneohe based choreographer. He has danced
with Brittany Spears, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and “So You Think
You Can Dance?” He feels a great sense of OHANA with Drill Team