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

Nutcracker Tickets Now On Sale!

 

One Day, 2 Performances

December 10, 2015

1:00pm & 5:00pm

Plummer Auditorium
201 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Ticket Price: Adults $25 / Children & Seniors$20

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TICKETS

On Thanksgiving ticket prices will increase $5

Door Price: Adults $35 / Children & Seniors $30

Group Rates Available

Group rate of $15 per person available for students, seniors & non-profits of 15 or more.
Please place group orders in person at the studio with one payment per group.

No online ordering is available for group rate.

PC: Mike Sauder

Imagine…

 

Imagine your way back to Christmas Eve, 1850. Guests are arriving for a party at the Stahlbaum home where Clara and Fritz join their parents and friends to enjoy the Christmas tree and its treasures. One mysterious guest, Herr Drosselmeyer, delights guests young and old with his wonderful gifts and magical surprises. But children will be children and what won’t they quarrel about!

 

Later that evening, after all the guest have left and Clara is the only one left in the parlor, little mice begin scurrying by and the Nutcracker comes to life! He summons toy soldiers to overcome the evil Mouse Queen and her mischievous mice and a great and wonderful battle ensues.

 

Victorious, the Nutcracker transforms into a gallant prince and whisks Clara away into the Land of Snow where she meets the Snow Queen and begins a delicious and entertaining journey through the Land of Sweets: Spanish chocolates, Arabian coffee, Chinese tea, Russian candy canes, Mirliton flute candies, Waltz of the Flowers, Dew Drop and Sugar Plum fairies! Oh, what an evening for Clara.

 

How does it end? Well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself and join us at GSDF/V&T’s 2017 Nutcracker Performance! Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, this full-length production of the magical holiday ballet features more than 50 local dancers, aged 4-18.

 

PC: Mike Sauder

DONATIONS

It is through the generosity of community members like you that we are able to achieve such outstanding results year after year. Any and all cash or give-away donations to Golden State Dance Foundation helps fund theater, backdrop, costume, and other performance costs. For a full description of the community outreach programs GSDF is involved in, please visit our GSDF page here. Golden State Dance Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization.

Donation packages and information packets will be available shortly. In the meantime, any donations can be mailed directly to: Golden State Dance Foundation, 23601 Ridge Route Dr., Ste. A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

GSDF Tax ID #: 27-1335425

 

ADVERTISERS

Are you interested in Advertising in our Nutcracker Program Handout? Our handout reaches approximately 200+ local friends and family of participants and ad space ranges from $50 – $300. Contact our office at (949) 215-1553 or vandtdance@gmail.com for more information

 

Festival of Children

 

As part of our community outreach, V&T students will be performing live tomorrow at 3pm at South Coast Plaza’s Festival of Children. Students will perform ballet, character, contemporary and hip-hop pieces in this rare free performance. Come out and support your favorite dancers!

V&T and Golden State Dance Foundation strongly believe in finding culturally rich opportunities for students to participate in. For more information about V&T Classical Ballet Academy, visit our website at www.vandtdance.com. V&T is currently accepting new students. For more information on supporting our non-profit foundation, click here: Golden State Dance Foundation.

 

Save the Date!

Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky’s
The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 10th at 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Ticket sales coming soon. Check back on our website shortly.

 

Imagination Celebration this Saturday!

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Join us Saturday, May 20th at V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy for…

Once Upon a Tutu

A Ballet Performance and Dance Experience for the Community

 

 

V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy, renowned for its award winning ballet and dance training throughout the world, invites you for this one day event you won’t want to miss.

 

Attendees will get to experience…

  • a close-up, 45 minute, in-studio performance of academy students’ finest performance pieces including: classical ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and ensemble pieces.

  • a 30 minute optional ballet barre class open to children ages 6-12 years old.

  • a fun dress-up station where children can try on performance costumes and capture their moment in the spotlight.

  • Attendees will receive a 2-free trial class postcard by request at the front desk.

  • Registration is required. Please email vandtdance@gmail.com with your name and the number of adults & children in your party in order to attend. 

 

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 20, 2017
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location:

V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy
23601 Ridge Route Dr. Suite A,
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Tel: (949) 215-1553
E-mail: vandtdance@gmail.com

 

 

We hope to see you soon!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Cathy Roe Participants & Award Winners!

Congratulations to each and every dancer who participated in the Cathy Roe competition last weekend! We are so proud of all our dancers and their hard work. The V&T family salutes you and your family for taking a chance and chasing your passion to express yourself and pour your heart out on stage and just DANCE!!!!

 

 

PARTICIPANTS

Soloists-Petite:
Grace Yu
Madeleine Lee
Reese Goegan

Soloists-Junior:
Phoebe Lin
Mia Nakamura
Coco Wu
Michele Kamiya

Soloists-Teen:
Christian Barnard
Sophie Taylor
Riley Goegan
Alexa Woo
Joy Sauder
Lucy Lee
Huiyi Bao

Soloists Senior:
Aycia Sada
Ysabella Calderon

Duets/Groups:

Let the Tournament Begin – Athena Chen, Elisa Tan

Vivante Vivaldi – Catherine McCormick, Grace Yu, Nina But, Riko Suzuki, Tatiana Burns

You Betcha Minuetta – Aliena Sutcliff, Alyssa Liu, Audrey Schroder, Jennifer Dong, Reese Goegan, Jennifer Dong, Tatiana Burns, Wendy Wang

Whimsical World – Athena Chen, Breanna Crossman, Christian Barnard, Coco Wu, Elisa Tan, Lisa Shen, Luca Zuccato, Maya Lin, Mia Nakamura, Michelle Kamiya, Ncole Ly, Phoebe Lin, Riley Goegan, Sasha Rounsefell, Sophie Taylor, Victoria Vorrath

 

AWARDS

Petite Solo Intermediate

1st Place Overall – Grace Yu “Bluebird”

2nd Place Overall – Madeleine Lee “Harlequinesque”

Petite Solo Elite

2nd Place Overall – Madeleine Lee “Fairy Doll” (Emcee Award for Technique & Performance)

 

Junior Solo Intermediate

1st Place Overall – Mia Nakamura “Conduit” (Dance Spectacular Invite)

Teen Solo  Intermediate

7th Place – Christian Barnard “Le Corsaire” (Dance Spectacular Invite)

3rd Place – Riley Goegan “Tomorrow Untrodden” (Heart and Soul Company Invite)

Teen Solo Elite

10th Place – Joy Sauder “Enchanted” (Dance Spectacular & Heart and Soul Company Invite)

5th Place – Huiyi Bao “Sunken” (Dance Spectacular Invite)

3rd Place – Lucy Lee “Aurora Variation from Sleeping Beauty” (Dance Spectacular Invite)

2nd Place – Alexa Woo “Esmeralda” (Dance Spectacular Invite)

Senior Solo Intermediate

7th Place – Aycia Sada “Variation from Don Quixote”

Senior Solo Elite

1st Place – Ysabella Calderon “Doll’s Play” (Dance Spectacular Invite)

Group Awards

5th Place Overall – Level 2/3 – “You Betcha Minuetta”  Choreography by Karen Woo

1st Place Overall – Level 4 – “Whimsical World” Choreography by Brianna Haft

Special Awards:

Diamond Award – Alexa Woo “Esmeralda”

Technique Award – Riley Goegan “Tomorrow Untrodden”

Teen Student Choreography Award – Huiyi Bao “Sunken”

Judges Choice Award – Ysa Calderon “Doll’s Play”

Choreographer Showdown Winner – Ysa Calderon “Doll’s Play” Choreography by Madeline Woo

Overall Top Scores: (All Competition Pieces)

8th Place – Alexa Woo “Esmeralda”

2nd Place – Ysabella Calderon “Doll’s Play”

 

 

Nutcracker Tickets On Sale!

Tickets for V&T’s 2016 Nutcracker Production are now on sale!

Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, this full-length production of the magical holiday ballet features more than 50 local dancers, aged 4-18. Bring in the holidays this year with Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky’s Christmas classic, The Nutcracker.

December 11, 2016

Two Showtimes: 

2:00pm & 6:00pm

Adults $25 / Students $20

Click Here for Tickets

Plummer Auditorium
201 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Group Rates

Group rates are available for students, seniors & non-profits:
$15 per person for groups of 10-15, $10 per person for groups of 16 or more.
Please contact us at vandtdance@gmail.com for group orders. No online ordering is available for group rate.

 

DONATIONS

It is through the generosity of community members like you that we are able to achieve such outstanding results year after year. Any and all cash or give-away donations to Golden State Dance Foundation helps fund theater, backdrop, costume, and other performance costs. For a full description of the community outreach programs GSDF is involved in, please visit our GSDF page here. Golden State Dance Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization.

Donation packages and information packets will be available shortly. In the meantime, any donations can be mailed directly to: Golden State Dance Foundation, 23601 Ridge Route Dr., Ste. A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

GSDF Tax ID #: 27-1335425

ADVERTISERS

Are you interested in Advertising in our Nutcracker Program Handout? Our handout reaches approximately 200+ local friends and family of participants and ad space ranges from $50 – $300. Contact our office at (949) 215-1553 or vandtdance@gmail.com for more information

Contact us at vandtdance@gmail.com

2016 YAGP Regional Competitions

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this year’s regional YAGP competitions! We are so very proud of you and all your hard work. Thank you to all the parents who gave their  love, encouragement and support and to our wonderful teachers and choreographers.

Here are a few pictures captured from the competition as well as a list of awards.

 

YAGP 2016 V&T Performers

PC: Mike Sauder

 

YAGP 2016 V&T

PC: Bey Calderon

 

YAGP 2016 V&T

PC: Bey Calderon

 

YAGP 2016 V&T

PC: Bey Calderon

 

YAGP 2016

PC: Bey Calderon

YAGP 2016 V&T

PC: Bey Calderon

 

YAGP 2016 V&T

PC: Bey Calderon

 

Awards:

 

YAGP Los Angeles

Pre-competitive Age Division

Top 12 Men & Women 

Lazarus Shapiro – 10

 

YAGP San Diego

Senior Age Division

Top 12 Men & Women Classical Dance Category

Lawrence Chen – 18

Contemporary Dance Category – Men & Women 

1st Place – Lawrence Chen – 18

Top 12 Men & Women Contemporary Dance Category

Lawrence Chen – 18

Ysabella Calderon – 15

 

Junior Age Division

Classical Dance Category – Women

1st Place – Jordan Coutts – 13

Top 24 Women – Classical Dance Category

Alexa Woo – 13

Greta Pelletier – 14

Jordan Coutts – 13

Taylor Tran – 13

Top 12 Women – Classical Dance Category

Alexa Woo – 13

Jordan Coutts – 13

Classical Dance Category – Men

2nd Place – Arthur Erlanson – 13

Contemporary Dance Category – Women

2nd Place – Alexa Woo 13

Top 12 Men & Women – Contemporary Dance Category

Alexa Woo – 13

Arthur Erlanson – 13

Jordan Coutts – 13

 

Ensembles

2nd Place – Lawrence Chen & Jordan Coutts – Giselle Pas de deux

2nd Place – Arthur Erlanson & Alexa Woo – Le Corsaire Pas de deux

2nd Place – Arthur Erlanson & Alexa Woo – Unrequited Duet, Choreography by Asuka Kondoh

2nd Place – Unusual Proportions, Choreography by Victor & Kelly Uygan

 

Special Awards

Outstanding Choreographer

Asuka Kondoh

 

Outstanding School Award

V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy

 

Participants

Pre-competitive

Mia Nakamura – 10

 

Juniors

Christian Barnard – 13

Ella Schoenig – 13

Grace Maready – 14

Huiyi Bao – 14

 

Joy Sauder – 13

 

Seniors

Olivia Mitchell – 15

Laura Hatanaka – 16

Maria Chereskova – 16

 

Summer Intensive Recap

As students head back for a new school year, here are a couple videos for you to enjoy from V&T’s Summer Intensive Program. Video courtesy of Mike Sauder.

Video 1
July 31, 2015
Excerpts from Coppelia staged by Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky, Elena Ovchinikova, and Igor Yurlov, choreography by M. Petipa, music by L. Delibes, danced by the amazing V&T students.


 
 
Video 2
July 31, 2015 recital

1. Dance of the Hours, level 3 repertory (Choreo by Karen Woo, Music by La Gionconda)
2. The Love, level 4 hip hop (Choreo by Zach Groenewold, Music by Kehlani/Keiza)
3. Say Something, level 3 contemporary (Choreo by Briana Haft, Music by Scott Bradlee)
4. See You Again, Company hip hop (Choreo by Zach, Music by Wiz Kalifa)
5. Suffer, level 4 contemporary (Choreo by Briana, Music by Charlie Puth)
6. Trouble, level 3 jazz (Choreo by Brittany Poole, Music by Neon Jungle)
7. Lalena, Company contemporary (Choreo by Briana, Music by Jane Oliver)
8. Work, level 4 jazz (Choreo by Brittany, Music by Britney Spears)
9. Trouble Mix, level 3 hip hop (Choreo by Zach, Music by Iggy Azalea/5th Harmony)
10. I’m an Albatraoz, Company jazz (Choreo by Brittany, Music by Aron Chupa)