Mr. Victor Kasatsky started his career as a ballet dancer in 1972 as a principal dancer with the Moscow Classical Ballet Company. He was taught by such masters as Naum Azarin, Azari Pilsetski, Igor Uksusnikov, and Yuri Zdanov.
He danced title roles in Creation of the World, Romeo and Juliet, The Rite of spring, Swan Lake, Gayane, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Albinoni Adajio, St. Petersburg Twilight, Daphnis and Chloe to name just a few.
Ms. Tatiana Kastasky was educated at the Moscow Bolshoi Academy under the tutelage of Nina Chistova.
After graduation in 1978, she joined the Moscow Classical Ballet Company, where she worked with the great ballet masters like Marina Semenova, Naum Azarin, Marina Kondratieva and Azari Pilsetski and danced both classical and contemporary ballet until 1990.
Her repertoire included Creation of the World, Romeo and Juliet, The Rite of Spring, Swan Lake, Gayane, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Albinoni Adajio and many more.
Ms. Kasatsky worked with world famous choreographers such as Pierre Lacotte (in his setting of Natalie for Moscow Classical Ballet), Roland Petit (Sonata and L’Arlenne), Alberton Alonso (Bahiana El Guijo), Balanchine (Symphony #5), and Kasyan Galeizovski (Mimoletnosti).
Daria (Dasha) Tertova
Dasha is a Founder and Artistic Director of MDC Company Millennium Dance Complex LA. She received Outstanding Choreography Awards at the Youth America Grand Prix Competitions in 2016, 2017, and 2018. She is a professor at the American Music and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. Her professional credits include Beyonce, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell, Daft Punk, Cirque Du Soleil, Burn the Floor, Cats, Chicago, Mamma Mia, MTV Music Awards, and the Billboard Awards. She has also worked with the Moiseyev Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Riverdance.
Dasha was born in Moscow, Russia. She attended the Russian Academy of Theater Arts GITIS, where she studied Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Historical Dance, Tap, Flamenco, Jazz, Composition, Directing, and Music Studies. She has a Master’s Degree from the Russian Ballet Academy, Russian Theater Company.
Ballet, Pas de Deux, Variation
1971-1979: The Moscow Academic Choreography School at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia. Under the personal guidance Professor Pestov, Peter Antonovich.
1981 – 1999: The Bolshoi Theatre troupe in Russia. Prepared and danced many solo roles and leading roles in ballets such as: «Le Corsaire”, “Giselle”, “Love for Love”, “Gayane”, “Anuta,” “Walpurgis Night”, “Chipolino”, Ivan Susanin – mazurka, “Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances. In Yuri Grigorovich’s ballets: “Spartacus, “Ivan the Terrible”, “Golden Age “, ” Romeo and Juliet “. Concert numbers: Andrew variation from the ballet “Taras Bulba », pas de deux «Diana and Actaeon», pas de deux «Flame of Paris », pas de deux«Le Corsaire”.
In the Bolshoi worked and trained with the great masters of Russian ballet scene: Galina Ulanova, Asaf Meserer, Maya Plisetskaya, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Yuri Vladimirov, Shamil Yagudin, Natalia Bessmertnova, Yuri Grigorovich. Now teaches at a private ballet “BT Studio” in Moscow. Ready to prepare young dancers to the contests performance and even to a professional ballet stage.
Little Me, Pre Ballet, Ballet, Contemporary & Stretch
Karen specializes in our youngest dancers, ages 3 and up. Originally a business major, she found her true calling and graduated with an MFA in dance from CSU Long Beach. Upon graduation Karen danced and toured with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company and the Gloria Newman Dance Theater. She worked with renowned choreographers Doug Varone, Trishia Brown, Donald Byrd, Joe Goode and Mark Haim. Karen’s choreography placed in the top three for YAGP regionals in the ensemble category, and several of her pieces went to YAGP’s New York finals. In addition to teaching dance she loves being a children’s leader for bible Study Fellowship.
Melanie Hawkes Seeley
Melanie Hawkes Seeley is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended intensive summer programs with American Ballet Theater, Ballet West, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. After completing a B.F.A. in Ballet at The University of Utah, she danced professionally for nine years with several companies including Columbia City Ballet and the Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF. She earned an M.F.A. in Dance in 2014 from University of California, Irvine on a full-tuition scholarship. Her research focused on updating Swan Lake for the digital age audience using current digital technologies. She then spent a year as visiting faculty at BYU-Idaho’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She has extensive experience over the past sixteen years in teaching, choreographing, restaging, and directing. Her choreography has been presented at Bay Area Dance Week, the Laguna Dance Festival, internationally with Eastern Artists, and in student concerts and recitals.
Melanie is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Contemporary Dance Instructor
Sakina is a writer, social entrepreneur, and NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for her debut book Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the Younger Self. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has worked as a dance educator while operating leadership and education programs with organizations such as Jill Scott’s Blue Babe Foundation, Education Unlimited, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Sakina has presented research at academic conferences on topics related to the arts, media, and race relations at California State University, University of Albany, and the University of California, Irvine.
Ballet and Character Instructor
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Yeonjung trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia for 11 years. Yeonjung competed in the 10th Moscow International Ballet Competition and Contest for Choreographers, where she was awarded an Honorary Diploma. She went on to dance as a soloist for the Imperial Russian Ballet. She toured internationally in such performances as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Carmina Burana, Bolero, Paquita, Sheherezade, Walpurgieva Night, Polovtsian Dance, Carmen, Divertissement. Yeonjung has also danced with the The Russian National Ballet Foundation, The Crown of Russian Ballet Theater and Choseungmi Ballet Corporation as a guest soloist. She has danced in works by Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, Vasili Vainonen, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, Alberto Alonso, Leonid Lavrovsky, Nikolai Androsov, Gediminas Taranda.
In 2014 Yeonjung received her specialist degree in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography with Honors from Bolshoi Ballet Academy. During her studies at the Academy, acted as a substitute teacher and professor’s assistant and led rehearsals for Academy performances. She also assisted in the revival of Michel Fokine’s The Dying Swan with former Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Theater, Yury Burlaka. In 2014 Yeonjung choreographed for the State Examination of Stage Character Dance for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2015 she became a faculty member at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, taught the Vaganova ballet method, ballet techniques: Point, and Repertory, coached and choreographed for the Contemporary Ywan Ballet Company, and lectured for Universal Ballet for the Ballet Teachers Training Program. In 2016, Yeonjung substituted at the University of California, Irvine, open classes at the Maple Conservatory of Dance, and group and private lessons at Li’s Ballet Studio in Los Angeles. Since 2007 she has taught summer intensive programs in Vitoria, Brazil with Imperial Russian Ballet, Moscow with Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Torino with Oxana Kichenko Ballet, New York City with Hariyama Ballet, Orange County with South Coast Conservatory, and Washington D.C with Kirov Academy of Ballet.
Zach is professionally trained in ballet, jazz, and hip hop. As a performer, Zach was a member of the San Diego-based dance company Axxiom Dance Collective from 2008-2011. Currently Zach is a 3rd year member of the competitive hip hop team Team Millennia, where he has spent two years on the team executive board including serving as one of the captains for the 2012-2013 season. Zach has spent the past 11 years at McPherson Magnet School in Orange as resident choreographer for their performing arts department. In addition to his work at McPherson, Zach is an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, teaching for their dance department. He has also taught various workshops, master classes, and choreographed for high schools, middle schools, colleges, and studios around the country.