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Six V&T Dancers Featured in Orange County Register

If you peeked at the Orange County Register’s Varsity Arts page this past Sunday you may have seen six of our dancers featured front and center! We are so proud of all of our dancers who participated in the Youth America Grand Prix in Los Angeles and those participating in San Diego this weekend. Merde! to those moving on to the New York finals.


Orange County Register Arts OC Feature V&T Dance

Six V&T Dancers Pass Video Auditions for 2017 Spotlight Competition!

From Left to Right: Taylor Tran, Aviva Gelfer-Mundl, Masha Cherezova, Alexa Woo, Ysabella Calderon, Jordan Coutts


Congratulations to our dancers who made it to the next level competing at the 2017 Los Angeles Spotlight Music Center competition! We have six beautiful dancers in both Classical and Non-Classical categories who passed Video Auditions! Live auditions start this weekend Jan 15 until Feb 6! Competing for Classical Dance: Masha Cherezova, Jordan Coutts, Aviva Gelfer-Mundl, Taylor Tran, Alexa Woo & Ysabella Calderon. For Non-Classical: Masha Cherezova, Ysabella, Calderon, Taylor Tran & Alexa Woo.

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.



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

Contact us at vandtdance@gmail.com

V&T Performance THIS WEEKEND! at Pacific Symphony Plazacast & Community Festival


V&T has been invited once again by Segerstrom Center and Pacific Symphony Orchestra this time to open the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s PlazaCast Festival for their Symphonie Fantastique on Saturday, June 4th.  Our dancers will be performing from 5:00-5:30 at the Segerstrom Plaza but the event does not end until 10pm.  Here is the link to information about this event: https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concerts/plazacast


The festival is free to the Orange County community and a wonderful pre-show to the PSO’s symphony performance that night!  Please come see and support our wonderful dancers and also invite your family and friends!  We have a fabulous performance prepared. Dances will include:

Paquita Pas de Trois
Paquita Mazurka
Paquita- Jordan
Under My Skin
Mad Hatter
Don Q
Unusual Proportions
Hip Hop


Premiere Gala Tickets on Sale!


Tickets for the Premiere Gala and Award-Winning Showcase are on sale now!

To purchase tickets, visit tix.com here:  http://goldenstatedance.tix.com/

Please email Amy Ma or call 760-828-8090 if you have any questions.


V&T in the News!


UP Article OC Register


V&T students were interviewed last week for an article published in the Sunday paper. The article discussed the group ensemble “Unusual Proportions” which will be performed once more locally at this year’s Imagination Celebration before the piece heads to New York City’s Skirball Center next month for the Youth America Grand Prix finals.

You can read the online version of the article here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/students-709430-uygan-dance.html?

Spotlight Semi-Finalist

PC: Bey Calderon


Congratulations to our beautiful dancer Ysa Calderon for making it to the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Competition 2016 Semi-Finals! She is one of 12 in the Non-Classical Dance category.

Ysa was also 1 of 44 students accepted in the Juilliard Summer of Dance program in New York this July.

Upcoming Audition Dates


Mark your calendars!

The following audition dates have been announced:

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2016 (July 5 -July 29)

Audition Date: February 27th

10:30 am – 12:00 noon    Company from V&T or outsiders age 13 and up

10:30 am – 12:00 noon    Level 4 from V&T or outsiders ages 10 – 12

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm      Level 3 from V&T or outsiders ages 8-9



Audition Date: (CORRECTION) March 12

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm    Level 3 from V&T or outsiders ages 8-9

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm    Boys Only

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm          Level 4 from V&T or outsiders ages 10 – 12

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm            Company from V&T or outsiders age 13 and up



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




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



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




Mia Nakamura – 10



Christian Barnard – 13

Ella Schoenig – 13

Grace Maready – 14

Huiyi Bao – 14


Joy Sauder – 13



Olivia Mitchell – 15

Laura Hatanaka – 16

Maria Chereskova – 16


2016 YAGP In Studio Pre-show


We are pleased to announce our annual YAGP In Studio Pre-show featuring our academy’s finest students performing their competition pieces which they will be taking to the Youth America Grand Prix in San Diego and Los Angeles.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and see the performances live and up close before the competition.

Performances will begin with ballet and conclude with contemporary pieces.

There are only 50 seats available on a first come, first served basis. There is a $3 fee to attend this event.

The studio address is:

23601 Ridge Route Dr. Suite A,
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

For more information, contact the studio at (949) 215-1553

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