QEB teachers are masters in their respective dance expertise and come from diverse backgrounds within the performing arts world.
In addition to our main faculty members below, QEB has sponsored and offered master classes with renowned teachers such as Lawrence Rhodes (Artistic Director, Juilliard Dance Division), Bruce Marks (Former Director, Boston Ballet and Former Principal at ABT), Finis Jhung (Master Teacher, New York City), and Yasuki Sasa (Head Ballet Teacher 1968-1983 at UH Manoa and Former Soloist with American Ballet Theater).
Minou Lallemand, Artistic Director graduated from the NY High School of the Performing Arts and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has danced solo and principal roles with ballet companies such as Ballet Arizona, Princeton Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. She toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera and was a cast member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has taught at the Virginia School for the Arts and Iolani School. Minou is currently on the faculty of University of Hawaii at Manoa. Also a choreographer, she has created works for Ballet Arizona, New Choreographer’s on Point Workshop, and Queen Emma Ballet.
Suzanne Rowland, Managing Director received a B.A. in Education and a M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Hawaii. She studied with Reiko Oda as a child and continued her studies in Hawaii and New York City. Before founding Queen Emma Ballet with Eve Walstrum, Suzanne choreographed and performed statewide, was the recipient of State Artists-in-the-Schools grants and several choreographic awards by the Hawaii State Dance Council. She is married to Lawrence Rowland, and they have a daughter and a son who both danced with QEB. She considers herself so fortunate be able to combine her love of ballet with the joys of working with children and young adults.
Eve Walstrum, Artistic Director Emerita received her early training at Joffrey, Harkness, and New York School of Ballet. At New York School of Ballet she trained under founding teachers Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis. Her first professional company was Eliot Feld’s American Ballet. She then took her career international and joined Batsheva Dance Company, a well-known contemporary company in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her most influential and fulfilling professional dance came with her tenure of 12 years at Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT), an internationally acclaimed company. She was honored to dance under and originate roles in ballets with world-renowned NDT artistic director Jiri Kylian, whose choreography is highly sought by dance companies worldwide. After retiring from professional dance, Eve moved to Hawaii and founded Queen Emma Ballet with Suzanne Rowland in 1989. Eve has choreographed for University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ballet Hawaii, Dances We Dance, and Tau Dance Theater, among others. At UH Manoa, Eve taught the advanced ballet class for 25 years. Eve wants to help her students reach their full potential, improve their self confidence, and strengthen their artistic expressiveness. She aspires to instill in all her students a joy of movement.
Jose Silva was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Orange County, California where he first received his dance training. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies. His path took him to Japan where he taught and performed for two years. He has also worked in film, television and the stage in the U.S. He was cast as lead dancer in the Broadway production of The Lion King and as lead dancer and Dance Captain for the touring company, as well. Touring gave him the opportunity to teach in studios around the country and eventually brought him to Hawaii and Mid-Pacific Institute where he has been teaching contemporary dance for the past two years. "I have been so blessed my entire life, but to now have the opportunity to pass the torch to young dancers here in Hawaii is a dream come true. Truly the Circle of Life."
Alyssa Schoenfeld is a proud home-grown Queen Emma Ballet dancer, studying under Suzanne Rowland, Eve Walstrum, Michael Sanders and Andrew Sakaguchi from 1998-2005. Journeying to the east coast for college in Massachusetts, she was a 4 year member in Clark University's Dance Society, a co-director for 2 years, as well as the coordinator for the polynesian dance for their annual international gala. Returning to Hawaii after graduating, she has taught and choreographed for both Keiki Dance and Pre-Ballet at QEB, and is excited to expand sharing the love of dance to include Jazz 1!
Shannon Yamamoto was born and raised in Honolulu. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and prior to at also graduated with IB Diploma Honors in Dance from Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts (MPSA). She trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern with Queen Emma Ballet, Honolulu Dance Theatre, and Peridance in New York City. She also holds a certification (PMA) in Pilates. In terms of influences, she “tries to take a little piece of all of my teachers, choreographers, and fellow dancers and apply it to how I teach/choreograph. I’m constantly learning and adjusting my views and I encourage my students to do the same.” She teaches “because I strongly believe that dance helps create strong, organized, and confident people. It is a discipline that affects our actions in everyday life, not just in the studio.” She aspires to instill in her students: “That the real beauty of dance comes from the inside and not what the outside package looks like. The smallest person may dance just as big as taller dancers, and you can be any size and still look graceful and beautiful on stage.”
John Rampage well known to audiences as director of Diamond Head Theater. He has directed and/or choreographed many musicals including Into the Woods, La Cage aux Folles, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly! and most recently The Producers. John is a 32-time Po’okela Award winner. He has headed award-winning productions at LCC and Manoa Valley Theater also. John is the recipient of the Hawaii State Theater Council 2006 Pierre Bowman Award.
Anna Motteler is from Honolulu, HI and began her dance training locally. Later on, she trained professionally at The Alabama School of Fine Arts, with Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski, as an apprentice with the State of Alabama Ballet. She also trained at Chicago City Ballet with Maria Tallchief and North Carolina School of the Arts. In Hawaii, she trained under Nolan Dingman, Alaine Haubert, Eve Walstrum, Michael Sanders and Paul Maley. She enjoys "sharing the science, artistry and power of movement" with her students. She has performed in numerous local productions with Ballet Hawaii, Honolulu Dance Theater, Hawaii Ballet Theater, Diamond Head Theater, and Tau Dance Theater.
Denise Chong is from Wailuku, Maui. Her formal dance education background includes, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, UH Manoa, and the Broadway Dance Center, Ailey and Peridance studios in New York City. In terms of influences, she writes, “My teaching style is influenced by Kat Wildish, a former dancer with NYCB and ABT, who currently teaches in New York City. She emphasized correct body placement for adults with fun and dancey combinations.” She writes about her teaching philosophy: “I teach adults because they are in class because they want to be there. I love sharing my love of ballet with them and watching them progress in their ballet development. I believe that everyone can get better and try to help the adults work with their bodies to better understand ballet technique.” She's stage managed and been the dance captain for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cinderella, and Flower Drum Song at Diamond Head Theatre and was the dance captain for Meet Me in St. Louis. She has danced recently with the Onium Ballet Project.
Pamela Sandridge has more than 20 years of experience teaching jazz, choreographing, and directing dance companies, including Kamehameha Dance Theater, the Jazz Factory, Big City Productions and the UH Rainbow Dancers. At QEB, Pamela teaches our Mat Class.
1999 - Certified in Pilates Mat and Equipment
2005 - Certified in Bones For Life, a Feldenkrais modality