Noelani Nagamine has been dancing for 17 years. Growing up in Hawaii, she trained with the prestigious Drill Team Hawaii, where she trained and competed nationally in jazz, ballet, and contemporary. While with Drill Team Hawaii she was able to perform at football half time shows, a Utah Jazz game, a Lakers game, as well as compete locally and Nationally. She was fortunate to compete at Contest of Champions in Disney World, Showstoppers, New York City Dance Alliance, and traveled throughout the nation to do so. She also grew up learning Hula through her family and school. Throughout her years in Hawaii, she student taught several jazz classes and choreographed various pieces.
Following her graduation from high school, she began a dance BFA at Utah Valley University with an emphasis in Ballroom dance. She was a part of the Ballroom Dance Company at UVU, until she left for a church mission to Japan.
Upon returning from Japan, she began studying at Brigham Young University where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. She currently teaches ballet, jazz, and contemporary to various age groups throughout Utah Valley.
Noelani loves teaching because, “it is the most rewarding feeling to watch dancers grow and develop in more ways than one.” Teaching inspires her to be a better person and allows her to love in a way she never knew. She also loves teaching because “dance is my passion, and I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t pass on my love for dance to others.” After graduating from BYU she hopes to pursue a masters degree in Dance Therapy, to teach children with Autistic disabilities.