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

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    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!

 

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

Seven Beauties Auditions Next Weekend!

AUDITIONS ARE IN 10 DAYS!

Have you submitted your audition form for Seven Beauties yet? Did you know auditions are in just 10 days!!

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Don’t delay, make sure you submit your forms to the front desk at the studio asap or email us to let us know when you will be submitting your form so we can begin the planning process f0r what is sure to be another exquisite Golden State Dance Foundation / V&T production.

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ABOUT SEVEN BEAUTIES

The ballet “Seven Beauties” was composed in 1952 by famous Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev. The libretto of the ballet is based on motifs of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi’s “Seven Beauties” poem, written in 1197.

The poem shares the story of a young prince Bahram, destined to become the ruler of the world, and his encounters with seven beautiful princesses of different ethnic backgrounds. Bahramneeds the wisdom of these princesses in order to become a worthy king. With its breathtaking plot, dazzling dancing, stunning music, beautiful sets and costumes, you won’t want to miss this truly memorable performance opportunity.

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Artistic Directors Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky are recipients of the Teacher Recognition Certificate from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. They have won numerous Outstanding School/Outstanding Teacher awards at regional Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) competitions and have personally shared the stage with great dancers such as Natalya Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Maya Plisetzkaya, NadejdaPavlova, and Vladimir Malakhov. They have also worked with world famous choreographers such as Pierre Lacotte and Alberto Alonso, and danced pieces choreographed by Roland Petit and George Balanchine.

Many of their students have excelled in ballet competitions and been awarded scholarships and/or accepted at prestigious companies around the US and Europe, a testament to Victor and Tatiana’s passion and success at developing promising young dancers.

 

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AUDITION DETAILS

Seven Beauties audition date: March 14th from 12:00-4pm. 

Seven Beauties is open to ALL ages. There is a $25 audition fee, due at the time of audition. If your dancer is unable to attend the audition due to unchangeable circumstances, please let the front desk know, this does not exempt the audition fee.

Please see the following contract for details.

2015 SEVEN BEAUTIES CONTRACT

 

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GSDF and V&T Participating in OC’s Imagination Celebration

 

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Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents Imagination Celebration: Orange County’s only county-wide family arts festival!

Golden State Dance Foundation will be participating in this wonderful celebration of arts in Orange County for the very first time with our Ballet Soiree on April 25th at V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy in Laguna Hills, CA.

You can learn more about this very special event on our website here: https://www.vandtdance.com/ballet-soiree/

There is no cost to participate in this event, but space is limited and registration is required so share the news with your family and friends and have them send in their registration by following the link above asap! They won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to see a wonderful performance by V&T’s amazing students and experience the world of ballet for themselves!

This event is best suited for children in K-6th.

 

Don Quixote. 2014 Spring Showcase

 

DON QUIXOTE
2014 SPRING SHOWCASE

PRESENTED BY
V & T DANCE
GOLDEN STATE DANCE FOUNDATION

JUNE 25, 2014, 7:00PM
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
5500 IRVINE CENTER DRIVE
IRVINE, CA 92618

ADULT TICKETS – $25.00
STUDENT WITH ID – $20.00
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE:
www.tix.com/event.aspx?Event Code=653535