Family of the Month (FOM) is awarded to parents that go the extra mile to help other families at Pas De Deux Hawaii! This family will receive a free month of tuition, compliments of owners Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert. Want to nominate a deserving family? Email us!

May 2020
The Fukumoto Family

Haley (12) is the daughter of proud parents Sarah Fukumoto and Ryan Connolly. They are known to have family dance offs during competitions.

When Haley started to dance competitively, Sarah left her job in research and public policy to spend more time with Haley and launch a dance lifestyle brand. Sarah is frequently found dancing (badly) on Haley’s Instagram. Haley’s dad, Ryan Connolly, is a small business owner, musician, and Boston native. Haley shares his love of music and pets. He also dances strangely.

Haley took her first ballet class with Ms. Annri at seven years old. She’s loved ballet since she started to walk, and finding Ms. Annri has been a dream come true. Since joining the Junior Ballet Company in 2017, Haley has been able to attend several local and national competitions. In 2019, she also joined the Junior Contemporary Company and has enjoyed the camaraderie and experience Ms. Chandler has created. This is her fifth year anniversary dancing with Pas de Deux Hawaii.

Advice to new families from Sarah and Haley: Take advantage of the master classes, workshops and any other opportunities that PDD is able to arrange. It’s hard to gain exposure to the dance community from Hawaii, and Ms. Wendy has done an amazing job of providing it.

Being a part of this community is a blast, so get involved!