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


  • “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


  • “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

V&T Students are Two of Only Seven U.S. Candidates Heading to Prix de Lausanne 2018!

Congratulations to Jordan Coutts and Aviva Gelfer-Mundl who have the prestigious honor of being chosen to represent the United States at The 2018 Prix de Lausanne!



Jordan Coutts



Aviva Gelfer-Mundl



According to Dance Informa Magazine:

There were 380 candidates (297 girls and 83 boys) from 38 different countries who applied for video selection. 69 candidates were selected after this video selection and nine candidates were preselected from events like the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix in New York City, the 2017 International Ballet and Choreography Competition in Beijing and the official South American pre-selection in Montevideo.

A total of 7 Candidates were selected from the United States. You can read more about it herehere. and in the Orange County Register here.


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.


We’re Fundraising with Sees Candies!

Sweet news! If you’d like to support Golden State Dance Foundation and all that we do, contact one of our students or stop by/email the studio to place your order. All profits go towards theater costs for this year’s Nutcracker performance. Sees Candies are the perfect Holiday gift and you’ll have your candies by nov. 15th so get your Holiday shopping done early this year with us! You can learn more about GSDF here. You can also order tickets to this year’s Nutcracker performance now on our website here.

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


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 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


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



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!



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


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!