Jennifer Schwartz Bell-Grey
ARAD, Diploma RBS TC
Co-Director & Co-Founder
It was in Hong Kong that Jennifer, at three years old, began her life of dance. Born in California, she spent her early years on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, Hong Kong, Thailand and England. Jennifer began her first full-time professional training at the Legat School of Russian Style Ballet, and soon after, at age eleven, won a position at the Royal Ballet School in London, England.
Educated by world-class teachers, Jennifer performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden with the Royal Ballet Company. She danced for members of the English Royal family, as the School’s patrons included the late Princess Margaret and her sister Queen Elizabeth.
Jennifer’s extensive training involved the study of a wide spectrum of dance genres, including ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, and flamenco spanish dance. She studied music, theatre and art. National folk dances were also a part of Jennifer’s studies, with emphasis on the countries of Russia, Poland, Hungary, Germany, France, England and Ireland.
In 1998, Jennifer graduated and obtained her diploma from the Royal Ballet Teacher’s Course and the Royal Academy of Dancing.
A winner of several prestigious choreographic awards, Jennifer has created arrangements for White Lodge Royal Ballet School and the Royal Ballet Senior Summer School program, as well as theatre productions like Fiddler on the Roof. In Hawaii, Jennifer has performed as a soloist with Guest Ballet Company “Ballet Hawaii” in The Nutcracker, and has worked with local artists, musicians and promoters. She received the “Best Dancer” award by People’s Choice in 2006. While directing and instructing at Kauai Dance Center, she continues to teach in local schools and college.
Upon returning to Kauai, Jennifer founded Kauai Dance Center with Mel Bell-Grey. Kauai Dance Center is known for keeping it’s classes fresh and exciting by offering the rich legacy of traditional repertoire as well as contemporary works, new wave, hip hop and pop fusion dance culture. The company choreographs and produces original, full length performances set to both classic and original music in collaboration with Meledelicious Productions. Past performances have included Mother Earth SOS, It’s a Beautiful World, The Symphonic Safari, Twilight, and Mother Earth Revisited 2009. Jennifer and Mel Bell-Grey have also written a children’s book, “The Adventures of Nani and Koa”, in which two Hawaiian children teach the elements of dance while exploring and learning about the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai.
Co-Director & Co-Founder
Creator, Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Mel Bell-Grey is a master of the arts. With hard work, passion and creativity, he has excelled in music, dance, theatre and film. With his knowledge and experience, he works to teach others the potential within practicing the arts.
Bell-Grey began his career in England training as a dancer, musician and model. As a dancer and musician he toured Europe. In addition to touring with a successful band, Bell-Grey had a solo career as a singer/songwriter, writing, recording and producing numerous albums and music videos.
He has also composed and scored sound tracks for theatre productions, movies and commercials and produced plays and short films.
In 1998, Bell-Grey co-founded and became co-director of Kauai Dance Center (www.kauaidancecenter.com). Since then, Mel Bell-Grey has only enhanced the quality of his creative endeavors. He is extensively involved in every aspect of creating and developing artistic products including photography, graphic design, web design, image consulting, and project marketing coordinating.
In 2009, he graduated from San Francisco School of Digital Film and established Eyes Wide Open Productions. His vision for the future is that multimedia art may be used as a window, to show people all around the world the magic that is experienced in music, dance, performing, etc. As a director, videographer, composer, screenwriter, multimedia artist, Bell-Grey is always pursuing new innovative ways to harness today’s diverse communications environment to the fullest.