Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky

 

V & T Classical Ballet Academy is the official school of Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky in Orange County, California. Both Victor and Tatiana were born in Russia and received classical ballet training there. Victor was a principal dancer in the Moscow Classical Ballet. Tatiana met Victor after she graduated from the Bolshoi Academy and also became a principal dancer with the Moscow Classical Ballet. Victor and Tatiana shared the stage with great dancers such as Natalya Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Maya Plisetzkaya, Nadejda Pavlova, and Vladimir Malakhov. They also worked with world famous choreographers such as Pierre Lacotte and Alberto Alonso, and danced pieces choreographed by Roland Petit and George Balanchine.

In 1991, the married couple moved to the United States and joined the Los Angeles Classical Ballet. They also worked at the Long Beach Ballet Art Center, Daria Bearden Dance Studio and Pacific Coast Academy of Dance as artistic directors before realizing their dream by opening their own studio, V & T Classical Ballet Academy in 2008. V & T Classical Ballet Academy features classical Russian Vaganova ballet training.

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

In 2012, Chisako Oga competed at the prestigious Grand Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, which is a rare honor at age 15. She was then invited to attend the San Francisco Ballet School with scholarship. In 2009, Skylar Campbell received the same honor, and was subsequently invited to join the National Ballet of Canada. Being in the Corps de Ballet, Skylar starred in many solo roles and he was recently selected to be Nijinsky in Ballet Nijinsky premiering in March 2013 in Toronto. Adam Hartley joined the Oregon Ballet, Michelle Carpenter is a soloist with the Houston Ballet, Catherine Hamer danced with Stuttgart Ballet for five years; and Emily Entingh joined Boston Ballet.

Our Mission

V & T Classical Ballet Academy provides a variety of programs specifically developed to encourage a young dancers artistic expression. Each program is created to meet the dancer’s needs: the goal is to encourage the fulfillment of the dancer’s potential.

V & T Classical Ballet Academy programs are based on the unique teaching method developed by Master teachers Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. This teaching method centers on encouraging the dancers individual artistic, physical and emotional well-being.

Victor and Tatiana strive to help each student completely enjoy the art of dance; treasure the devotion to training, experience the technical accomplishments of the craft, and know the pleasure of artistic expression.

Awards & Recognition

V&T has received the YAGP Outstanding School Award multiple years in a row and students have been featured in news articles for their achievements. Several alumni have also gone on to professional companies worldwide. For a list of our students’ accomplishments and alumni graduates to companies, please visit our Awards & Recognition page.

Chisako Oga, V&T alumni, Cininnati Ballet Principal

Sklar Campbell, National Ballet of Canada

 

 

Golden State Dance Foundation

Nutcracker Ballet Golden State Dance Foundation 1

photo courtesy of Umoments.net

V & T Dance Academy is the official school of the non-profit Golden State Dance Foundation. Golden State Dance Foundation provides opportunities for the students to perform for the local community in the annual production of The Nutcracker, Spring Show and various local presentations throughout Southern Orange County. For more information on Golden State Dance Foundation, visit our GSDF page here.