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Kent Shinomae

Kent Shinomae is an artist, educator, and choreographer who is committed to serving people of all backgrounds through purpose-driven art, dance education, and movement exploration. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kent studied dance at the Mid-Pacific Institute throughout high school and continued his path for dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he received a BFA in Dance Theatre. During his time in college, Kent also studied abroad at the London Contemporary Dance School. Teaching for various studios in Hawaii, his choreography has won numerous top honors at regional and national dance competitions. Kent is also an avid magician and has created dance choreography that combines magic and dance to produce a truly wondrous fusion of the two art forms. His magic and dance choreography have been featured in the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, World Dance Alliance-Americas Conference, and the Honolulu Festival to name a few. Kent is currently in his 2nd year in the University of California, Irvine MFA Dance program and dances for Culture Shock Los Angeles.

Artist Support



It has been a difficult year for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction.  While our traditional summer program on the UCI campus has been suspended to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we still need to support our community of artists.

For that reason, we are excited to offer the Summer Academies LITE program.  It provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they prepare applications and audition material for college and career pursuits.  It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves ⎼ who have seen their commissions, gigs, and contracts cancelled.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies LITE program.  Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

Summer Academies Instructor