[Ms. Hirokawa’s] commitment to excellence, devotion to young people and humble and deep trust of her gifts is inspiring. . . I consider Ms. Hirokawa to be a master teacher, storyteller and choreographer whose work should be supported in the rehearsal studio, in the public schools, and on the stage.
- Michelle Audet, Performing Arts Consortium consultant and former executive director, Dance New Amsterdam
What I love most about the New York International Fringe Festival is how it uncovers those hidden artistic jewels in our city that deserve our recognition and support. The Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn is one such jewel. Their production of NISEI is storytelling at its best.
- Cate Cammarata, "Nisei: FringeNYC" - NY Theatre Now
Allowing students to perform is an important mission of her company, and it’s certainly an admirable one. Some dance enthusiasts may find it dull watching children at various levels of dance training, and some, like myself, will find it fascinating to witness the great potential of these young dancers.
- Jack Hanley, Orphan Train: FringeNYC - Indie Theatre Now
How wonderful that you have succeeded right here in New York in creating the kind of place that produces the dancers that go on to professional careers as well as the studio that non-professional dancers enjoy and appreciate.
- Sophia Fatouros, faculty member, Alvin Ailey School and Dance New Amsterdam
I attended CBT from 1993 to 2005, and I benefit from and carry with me all the lessons I learned from my 12 years of ballet training. Poise under pressure, preparation, pride in execution, teamwork, picking myself off the ground after a bad tour jeté (or a bad meeting!), discipline — all have propelled me forward in life and helped me set myself apart from my peers, especially in times of stress. Miss Marla and all the instructors at CBT are some of the most positive, caring, and nurturing role models in not only the ballet world but the world at large, and I can’t commend them enough for the positive impact they have had on the Brooklyn community.
- Emily Mo, CBT alum
What I love most about CBT is that the students range in all shapes, sizes, and especially colors. Within the beautiful ‘bubble’ of the school, each student is taught the proper techniques and then challenged to reach their potential. My daughter has completely fallen in love with the art. I can't think of another place I'd rather be.
- Nicholine Charles, CBT parent
My foundational training at Covenant Ballet has supported me throughout my entire professional career. Marla Hirokawa provides a level of professionalism, discipline, and technical training that is invaluable for young dancers. The lessons she taught me surpass ballet training...they were life lessons.
- Dawn Bazemore, CBT alum