Jennifer Schwartz Bell-Grey
ARAD, Diploma RBS TC
Co-Director & Co-Founder
Jennifer Bell-Grey has a lifetime of dance experience. Her parents resided in Kauai, but she was born in California, and in her early years she grew up in Kauai, Hong Kong and Thailand.
By age 8 Jennifer went to England and by the time she was 9 years old she began her first full-time professional training at the Legat School of Russian Style Ballet with Anna Lendrum who trained with Master Teacher Nicolas Legat and former Royal Ballet dancers Pearl Gaden & Derek Westlake.
By age 11, she trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, England with former dancers of the Royal Ballet Shirley Graham in the Vaganova Method (Russian Technique) and Patricia Linton in the Cecchetti Method (Italian Technique), and Advanced classes with Bolshoi Teacher Linda Goss.
The Royal Ballet School in London offered many unique opportunities for Jennifer. There she danced for members of the English Royal family. She performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in the Royal Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
Directed of the Royal Ballet School, Dame Merle Park-Bloch awarded Jennifer a scholarship on the Royal Ballet School Teacher’s Course.
The extensive training included the study of many genres of dance. Ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop and Spanish flamenco dance, and national folk dances for the countries of Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Germany, France, England and Ireland. In addition to dance, she also studied music, theatre and art.
Throughout her time at at the Royal Ballet School, Jennifer received recognition for her choreography. And was the winner of several prestigious choreographic awards.
Jennifer was invited to create works for the White Lodge Royal Ballet School Summer School program as well the production “Fiddler on the Roof”.
After 8 years of intensive dance training, in 1998, Jennifer graduated and received her teaching diploma from the Royal Ballet School Teacher’s Course and Royal Academy of Dancing.
She danced her graduation class with Valerie Adams, the teacher’s course founder, who had started it under the direction of Royal Ballet Founder Ninette De Valois.
The same year she returned home to Kauai and founded Royal Ballet Kauai Academy, later changing to include more dance styles and becoming the Kauai Dance Center.
In Hawaii, Jennifer has performed as a soloist with Guest Ballet Company, Ballet Hawaii, in “The Nutcracker”. On Kauai, she has worked with local artists, musicians and promoters in various productions.
Jennifer performed with Kumu Mauli Ola Cook at the Prince Albert Music Festival on a unique dance commission blending Hawaiian and Classical dance. And performed in Kauai dance festivals and prepared performances with her students.
In 2006, Jennifer received the award “Best Dancer” by People’s Choice.
Jennifer continues to teach in local schools and continues to pour
energy and dedication into teaching children and adults the beautiful art of dance.
Jennifer Bell-Grey published
Instructional Videos on dance for children, beginning pointe, and the anatomy of Ballet available on www.onlinedancecenter.com
View some of Jennifer’s work World Inner Motion
Co-Director & Co-Founder
Creator, Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Mel Bell-Grey originally from London England has lived in Kauai Hawaii for over twenty years. He is a creator, writer, director editor Multimedia artist, Mel has extensively worked in the performing Arts world, holding residencies and winning a Prince’s Trust grant from the Prince of Wales foundation in England, On his work creating musical instruments for people suffering from the debilitating effects of muscular dystrophy.
He is a trained professional dancer and worked as a music lecturer for Halliwick college in the UK, a facility that offered young adults with disability opportunities for education and self advancement. He developed arts programs for the probation services in London England, aimed at long term prison inmates, he has worked throughout the UK as a Youth Worker in-particularly with at risk youth and those with learning difficulties.
Among Mel’s unique experiences is him traveling to Bosnia right after the war with the city of London’s Art convoy to bring art as a form of human expression compassion and relief to war torn areas. Mel Bell-Grey has produced 10 music albums composed over a hundred songs and has toured and performed all over the world as an artist and musician. He has composed film scores written feature film scripts, and is a graduate of the San Francisco School of digital film.
In 1999 Mel launched EYES WIDE OPEN PRODUCTIONS located in Kauai Hawaii, EYES WIDE OPEN PRODUCTIONS is a film music theater facility. EWOP produces stage productions, documentaries, music videos, commercials, interactive dance videos, info commercials, and short films.
In 2010 Mel Bell-Grey working with Kauai Dance Center created a stage production called “Once Upon A Dream” which was the beginning of the Mokan and Mokan inspirational characters. From stage production to 2017 the concept developed into The Mokan and Mokan Show for television. Which up until 2019 aired on Spectrum OC16 5 times a week throughout the state of HAWAII.