What A Season!

What an amazing season it has been! We have much news to share with you about the achievements of our students and alumni. We have listed them all below.

We would also like to give you a heads up for our next production where you can see our amazing dancers guided by Artistic Directors Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky perform – Spring Suite. Mark your calendars!

 

Three alumni cast in major roles around the globe. (click to read article)

Two students selected to attend 2018 Prix de Lausanne. (click to read article)

Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Aviva Gelfer-Mundl – 8th Place Prize Winner

YAGP Los Angeles (Huntington Beach)

  • Maddie Lee – 2nd Place Classical Ballet, Top 12 Contemporary, Invited to NY Finals

YAGP Las Vegas

  • Taylor Tran (Senior Division) – 2nd place Classical Ballet, Top 12 Contemporary, Invited to NY Finals

  • Sophie Taylor (Junior Division) – Top 24 Classical Ballet

YAGP Los Angeles (USC)

    • V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy – Outstanding School Award, 1st Place Ensemble Category
    • Student Choreographed “Time’s Up” – Invited to NY Finals

  • Masha Cherozova (Senior Division) – 3rd Place Classical Ballet, Top 12 Classical Ballet
  • Ysa Calderon (Senior Division) – Top 12 Classical Ballet, 3rd Place Contemporary
  • Madison O’Toole (Senior Division) – Top 12 Classical Ballet
  • Camelia Hannon-Ruiz (Juniors) – Top 24 Classical Ballet
  • Phoebe Lin (Pre-Competitive) – Top 12 Classical Ballet
  • Grace Yu (Pre-Competitive) – Top 12 Classical Ballet

Cathy Roe

    OVERALL

  • “Switched” – Ysabella Calderon – 1st place
  • “Awakening of Flora” – Madeline Lee – 2nd place
  • “Animated Frescoes” – Company Dancers – 4th place
  • “The Letter” – Mia Nakamura – 6th place
  • “Time’s Up” (Huiyi Bao, Ysabella Calderon, Taylor Tran) – 8th Place

Teen Small Group Elite

  • “I Want You” – 1st Place

Duet/Trio

  • “Time’s Up” – 1st place

Senior Small Group Elite

  • “Animated Frescoes”  1st place
  • “Clones & Thrones” 3rd place

Special Awards

  • Emcee Award – Joy Sauder
  • Best Technique – “Animated Frescoes”
  • Diamond Award and Choreography Showdown Award – Ysa Calderon – “Switched”
  • Studio Award – V&T Dance

Teen Solo Elite Awards:

  • Joy Sauder – 2nd Place
  • Sophie Taylor – 3rd place
  • Sasha Rounsefell – 4th Place
  • Coco Wu – 5th place

Junior Solo Elite Awards:

  • Madeleine Lee 1st place
  • Mia Nakamura 2nd Place place
  • Camelia Hannon-Ruiz 3rd place

Junior Intermediate Small Group

  • “Colors” Third Place

Junior Intermediate Large Group

  • “Bellhop” 3rd place
  • “Oh Darling” 2nd place

Junior Solo Intermediate Winners:

  • Grace Yu 1st place
  • Michelle Kamiya 2nd place
  • Phoebe Lin 3rd place
  • Emily Zhou 4th place
  • Catherine McCormick 5th place
  • Lucca Zuccato 6th place
  • Reese Goegan 10th place

Alumni Dancing Lifetime Roles

Three of V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy’s Alumni are currently cast in major roles around the globe and we are so incredibly proud of them!

 

Skylar Campbell, First Soloist, National Ballet of Canada

Skylar Campbell, First Soloist, National Ballet of Canada

Skylar Campbell is cast as first soloist in The National Ballet of Canada’s Nijinsky. A recent review in Res Musica reads:
“brilliant performance by Skylar Campbell who perfectly interpreted Nijinsky… excels not only with his technical precision and virtuosity, but especially by his ability to give himself completely to the role, embodying Nijinsky” 

Chisako Oga, Principal, Cincinnati Ballet

Chisako Oga, Principal Dancer, Cincinnati Ballet

Chisako Oga is cast in the Principal role in Cincinnati Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
Her technique is impressive, and I learned through my work with her as Guinevere in King Arthur’s Camelot that she has emotional depth to match her ballet technique.

When she arrived in Cincinnati, she was primed and ready for advancement. Her mind is always thinking about what you are going to say, and she is already presenting that thought in a physical expression – smart, fast, inventive and willing!

Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director

 

Madeline Woo, The Royal Swedish Ballet

Madeline Woo, Royal Swedish Ballet. PC: Pickledthoughts

Madeline Woo is selected for first cast in The Royal Swedish Ballet’s The Grey Area, a neo-classical ballet.

 

YAGP 2017 New York Finals

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” And just like that YAGP 2017 Season is a wrap!!! So proud of all our amazing dancers who competed at the YAGP Regionals Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Colorado and all the way to New York Finals. We are so proud of your hard work, dedication and passion for the art of ballet. Always follow your dreams and DANCE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Coutts won the Bronze Medal – 3rd Place Overall at the YAGP Finals with Scholarship Offers to the Paris Opera, Royal Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet! Well done Jordan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also spotted these lovely V&T alumni in NY.

Chisako Oga and Madeline Woo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madeline Woo PC: @h4mi7ton

Jordan Coutts, Victor Kasatsky, Lucy Lee

Whimsical World Level 4 class, costumes by Susan Sauder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skylar Campbell – Best Ballet Performance

 

The hierarchy of stardom within The National Ballet of Canada is pretty consistent but every once in awhile the next big thing will come rocketing out of the Corps de Ballet, taking on leading role after leading role on their uniquely speedy way to the top. For the first time in many years, that’s happening right now with Skylar Campbell, the newly minted Second Soloist who seems set to become the company’s next great leading man.

Please click here to read more.