Director & Staff
Nicole Lam (Director)
Crystal Yukumoto (Development Leader)
FOUNDER, OWNER, AND DIRECTOR
Nicole Lam, born and raised in Hawaii, USA, is a ballet instructor, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Prisma Dance. At age seven she attended Hawaii State Ballet where she trained in classical ballet under the instruction of John Landovsky and Gina Surles for thirteen years. Having received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Hawaii, with a 4.0 GPA, Nicole has gone on to study modern, hula, sign, jazz, Tahitian, Philippine dance and hip-hop.
Nicole has attended summer intensives with Ballet Magnificat! in Mississippi, and The Pulse Dance Teacher Workshop in New York City. She has taken master classes from Mia Michaels, Shaun Parry (Broadway performer), LINES Ballet, Robert Hoffman, Rachel Berman (Paul Taylor Dance Company member), Jimmy Locust, Kathy Thibodeaux, Sol Nazario, and Jiri Voborsky.
Performing in over one hundred Nutcracker performances with Hawaii State Ballet , Nicole has performed leads roles as the Snow Queen, Candy Cane, Spanish Chocolate, and Waltz of the Flowers. She has performed in classical ballets such as La Bayadere Kingdom of the Shades, Giselle Act II, and Pas De Quatre from Swan Lake. In 2007, Nicole guest performed with The Conservatory of Ballet Aviv’s Nutcracker in Louisiana, performing the lead role of the Dew Drop Fairy. In 2010, she danced with Moments Unforgettable in the opening act for Bruno Mars’ concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Since 2014, Nicole has traveled multiple times to Kenya and India and has performed and taught for various dance schools, children ministries, churches, and organizations.
In 2006, Nicole started teaching Christ-centered ballet to homeschool children at various locations across Oahu and by 2010, she had 150 students. From 2010 – 2013, Nicole was the Arts Director for Moments Unforgettable Performing Arts Academy and Agency. She co-directed several premier productions including HiStory: of Christmas (premiering in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Theater and Level 4), HiStory: of Easter (premiering on the beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel), and HIstory: For Hawaii (premiering at the Kroc Center). In 2014, Nicole formed Prisma Dance into an LLC and within three years it has grown to 350 students with fourteen teachers teaching at various locations across Oahu. In 2016, Prisma Dance premiered Creation, a dance production directed by Nicole Lam.
Nicole has collaborated with various dance schools and ministries to teach dance in India, and in various regions of Kenya. Buoyant Performing Arts, the Dance Ministry, Anno’s Africa, Deepika Home of Hope, Word of Life Kabete, and Samburu Girls Foundation are some of the international organizations that she has collaborated with to bring dance to their communities and students. Nicole’s heart and passion is to see children all around the world be able to experience God’s love through dance.
Crystal Yukumoto was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet and Master of Education degree in Dance Education from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a certified teacher in the state of Texas by the State Board of Education (SBOE).
She began her classical ballet training in Germany. In the United States, Crystal continued her early training at the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet School then later with Fernando and Karen Schaffenburg at the Schaffenburg Ballet Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, her training includes international studies with the London Contemporary Dance School and the Richard Alston Dance Company in London, England. She has participated in the Glenda Brown Choreography project as a choreographer and has attended professional dance workshops at the San Francisco Dance Centre and LABAN Dance Conservatory in London.
Crystal has worked and/or studied with such artists as Alonso King (LINES Ballet), Densil Adams, the late Fernando Bujones, Maria Brolin-Tani (Skånes Dansteater), Tom Clower (Interlochen Center for the Arts), Mary Cochran (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Todd Edson (Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet & Bruce Woods Dance Company), Titas Fatso, Margaret Mercier-Wolf (Swedish National Ballet), Robert Moses, Ben Stevenson (Texas Ballet Theater), and Deborah Vogel.
She has danced professionally with Andrews Dance Company, Ballet Frontier, Ballet Hawaii, Commedia Ballet Theater, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, North Texas Ballet Theatre, and Skånes Dansteater in Sweden.
Crystal has taught ballet at the Swedish National Ballet School in Malmö, Sweden. She has also taught ballroom dance through the Dancing Classrooms North Texas program. Crystal helped develop the elementary dance program at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) and was the director of the Junior Dance Company before moving to Hawaii. Her experience goes beyond the dance world: Crystal has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the VP of Advancement at the Brite Divinity School at TCU and is also a certified 500 RYT yoga instructor.
In her free time, Crystal enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dogs: Lucky and Bella. She is excited to see how God will use her education and experiences to help Prisma grow and flourish.