Megumi Kopp began accompanying West Hawaii Dance Academy’s ballet classes in 2005 with the encouragement of her friend and West Hawaii Dance Academy instructor, Midori Satoh. Inspired by the studio’s view of Kona’s glorious Gold Coast, and with careful guidance by WHDT’s Artistic Director Virginia Holte, Megumi has arranged some of Hawaii’s most beautiful and rarely heard compositions to fit an hour and a half ballet class. One cannot help but to stretch a fondu a bit further with hearing KUU IPO I KA HEE PUE ONE (Proudly riding on the crest of the ocean) or executing a perfect pirouette to
KE ALOHA IHIKI MAI (Flower Of My Heart). Even if not practicing ballet, just listening to this CD brings images of swaying palm trees and the luscious smell of plumeria flowers.
"Ballet Class: Piano Music from Hawaii" marks Megumi Kopp’s debut CD presentation. The CD was recorded on a Bosendorfer Concert Grand Piano at the Atherton Performing Arts Studio, Hawaii Public Radio, Honolulu, Hawaii on December 3, 2010.
Megumi began her piano studies at the age of 5 under Yoko Ogusu for 13 years in Tokyo, Japan. She continued her Studies under Gates Wray, student of Isabella Vengerova and Vladimir Horowitz, for 3 years while living in New Jersey and holds a B.S. degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
After moving to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1999, and with encouragement from her friend and West Hawaii Dance Academy instructor Midori Satoh, Megumi began accompanying ballet class at West Hawaii Dance Academy in 2005. With the assistance and guidance of WHDT’s Artistic Director, Virginia Holte, Megumi has played and arranged music for numerous performances, including “Nutcracker”, “Les Sylphide”, “Don Quixote”, full length “Swan Lake”, and “Coppelia” to name a few.
Besides accompanying the dancers at West Hawaii Dance Academy, Megumi teaches piano to children and adults.
Founder and Artistic Director of the West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Guest Instructor/Choreographer for The Maui Academy of Performing Arts.
A Graduate of the Academy of the Washington Ballet under the late Mary Day, Ms Holte enjoyed a long professional dance career
with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Chicago Ballet, Washington Ballet and various guest appearances with Ballet Internationale, New Jersey Ballet, and Indiana Ballet Theatre N.W.
A Third Series practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga,and Certiﬁed in the Pilates Method, Mat and Equipment from the Physical Mind Institute. Ms, Holte is an International Certiﬁed GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer Candidate.
She has been sharing her love of ballet and movement with our Hawaii Community since 1986.