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Faculty

Victor Kasatsky

Artistic Director
Choreography, Ballet Technique, Point, Variation, Partnering

 

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.

Tatiana Kasatsky

Artistic Director
Choreography, Ballet Technique, Point, Variation, Repertoire

 

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).

Charles Maple

Instructor
Ballet Technique

 

Charles Maple began his training with Evelyn LeMone, the founder of Pasadena Dance Theatre. He continued his studies with Andrei Tremaine and Stanley Holden until 1972 when he received a Ford Foundation scholarship to the School of American Ballet. At the age of nineteen he joined American Ballet Theatre and rapidly rose through the ranks to become a featured soloist. In 1979 he made numerous guest appearances with the National Ballet of Mexico and danced the leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, and La Fille Mal Gardee. In 1983 Mr. Maple became a principal dancer with the Basel Ballet of Switzerland.

Over the course of his 20 year career as a dancer, Mr. Maple has worked with such choreographers as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Agnes De Mille, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Jirí Kylián, Michael Baryshnikov, William Forsythe, Natalia Makarova, Erik Bruhn and Nacho Duato. He has danced and been coached by such greats as Baryshnikov, Makarova, Ivan Nagy, Cynthia Gregory, Fernando Bujones, Gelsey Kirkland, Rudolf Nureyev, Cynthia Harvey, Martine Van Hamel, Kevin McKenzie, Mikko Nissenen and Helgi Tomasson, among others.

He has made numerous television appearances with ABT in the Dance in America and Live from Lincoln Center T.V. series as well as figuring prominently with Baryshnikov in the 1983 BBC movie, Dancer and the Dance. In 1982, Mr. Maple was selected by Jerome Robbins to perform with Barysnhikov in Fancy Free and Opus Jazz at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He also joined Helgi Tomasson and Violette Verdy and the Stars of American Ballet for tours to South Africa and Belgium in 1976 and 1978 and he has appeared as a frequent guest artist with dance companies throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In 1992 Mr. Maple began creating his own works. He has since received a steady stream of commissions, awards and a growing reputation as a freelance choreographer. Companies in Regional Dance America have presented several of his works. Two of his works for Rosella Hightower’s Ballet La Jeunesse were presented with top awards at the 1992 La Baule Festival in France. In 1993 he attended the Tokyo International Choreographers Competition where his works received international recognition and critical acclaim. In 1993 Mr. Maple’s The Angel of the Abyss was created to open the televised Posada Aids Procession in Los Angeles.

In 1995, his new version of La Fille Mal Gardee for Pasadena Dance Theatre opened to rave reviews. In 1997 he created a new version of The Nutcracker for Black Hills Dance Theatre and Symphony. His work Latcho Drom was selected by Regional Dance America to be shown at the 1998 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Maple has created numerous original works for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive programs. Mr. Maple’s choreography represents a diversity of dance styles that are firmly rooted in the traditions of classical ballet. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Choreography Award for Youth America Grand Prix in Los Angeles in 2005. To date, Mr. Maple has choreographed over eighty-five ballets.

In 1994 and 1995 Mr. Maple directed Pasadena Dance Theatre. He then founded Charles Maple and Dancers to concentrate on developing his own creations. Mr. Maple has been an active advocate for Regional Dance America. He has served as an adjudicator as well as a faculty member at numerous RDA Festivals. Mr. Maple has also acted as the artistic coordinator for the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive programs in Alabama and California. He is co-founder of American Ballet Intensives, a rigorous ballet workshop that provides serious students the opportunity to study with professionals in the field. Mr. Maple is also a certified teacher in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in all levels, Primary through Level 7.

In 2007 he co-founded with Kathy Crade the Maple Conservatory of Dance, a classical ballet school with a curriculum that combines state-of-the-art scientific principles with choice elements from the classic French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The school and its performing entity, the Maple Youth Ballet, are dedicated to nurturing dancers with the highest standard of excellence in a caring and healthy environment.

Over the span of 20 years, Mr. Maple has earned a well-deserved reputation for cultivating and nurturing talented young dancers through his comprehensive and rigorous training principals that are designed to teach dancers the techniques and discipline to hone and apply their talents. Students Mr. Maple has trained or coached have gone onto successful careers in many of the world’s major dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, as well as: Aalto Balletto Theatre Essen, Ballet Idaho, Ballet West, Corella Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The Eifman Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Miami City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Sacramento Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, The Washington Ballet and Zurich Ballet. Mr. Maple’s students have also successfully competed in prestigious international dance competitions including finalists in the Prix de Lausanne, the USA International Ballet Competition, the Youth America Grand Prix and ten Grand Prize Finalists in the Los Angeles County Music Center Spotlight Awards.

Charles Maple

Irina Shabanova

Instructor
Ballet Technique

 

Education:
Novosibirsk State Choreographic College (2006-2014)

 

Professional experience:
Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (2014-2017)

 

Performances:
“Swan Lake” (big swans), “Giselle” (Two Wilis), “Nutcracker” (Arabian dance), “Sleeping beauty” (Fairy of Kidness: Tenderness), “Cipollino” (Magnolia), “Spartacus”(chor. Grigorovich), “Romeo and Juliet”, “Flames of Paris”, “Corsair”, “La Bayadere”, “Cinderella”, “Spartacus” ( chor. Kovtun), “ Don Quixote”, “Coppelia”, “Paquita”, “Chopiniana”, “Scheherazade”, “Polovtsian Dances”, “Faust” (Walpurgis night ), “Juno and Avos”, “Dream under the leaden sky”, “Carmen” (chor. Roland Petit)

 

Workshops with:
Igor Zelensky, Alexander Kurkov, Oleg Vinogradov, Nacho Duato, Mikhail Messerer, Georgy Kovtun, Henrih Mayorov, Emil Faski, Denis Matvienko

 

Concert tour:
South Korea (“Swan Lake” 2014), India (“La Bayadere” 2014), Thailand (“Swan Lake”, “Paquita” 2015)

Rena Kamariotakis

Instructor
Ballet Technique

 

Rena began her early ballet training with Rosemary McCarter and former Joffrey principal Elizabeth Huebner. At age 13 she started intensive coaching under Stela Viorica of the Romanian National Ballet, studying the Vaganova method for several years. In addition, she received training from Maria Sifuentes, Shao-Pen Wang, Vladimir Kolesnikov, Alexander Greschenko, Alaine Haubert, Stefan Wenta, Larry Rosenberg, Melissa Allen Bowman, and Michel Gervais. Rena performed extensively with the Ballet Montmartre in many ballets including Don Quixote, Paquita, Alice in Wonderland, Bluebird pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty, and in a ballet adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, where she performed the roles of Mrs Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past. Afterward, Rena joined the Anaheim Ballet as a company artist, performing the Arabian Queen in their Nutcracker tour in Nevada and Southern California and dancing soloist roles in Hans Christian Andersen, Martini, Carnival of the Animals, and Balanchine’s Serenade. Rena then transitioned to a career in software engineering and currently works for Zillow. Over the years she has been teaching ballet at schools throughout Orange County, including Jimmie Defore Dance Center, Anaheim Ballet School, Maple Conservatory, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet, and V&T Dance. She loves passing down her knowledge and passion for ballet to her students, and places emphasis on artistry and epaulement in her teaching.

Karen Woo

Instructor
Little Me, Pre Ballet, Ballet Technique, Contemporary Dance, 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.

Taylor Wittick

Instructor
Ballet Technique

 

Taylor’s passion for dance was first sparked during her years of rigorous training under a nationally ranked high kick team; well known for their athletic ability and stunning technique, winning National Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Upon graduating, she continued her training in dance, attending several years at Boogiezone University where she studied with many sought after choreographers in the industry such as Gina Starbuck, Leo Morimune, Andrew Winghart, and Jillian Meyers. Her credits don’t stop there as she was a lead dancer in, Inc. the Company, a contemporary dance company. She began teaching and training with some of the top studios and teachers, such as Francisco Gella and Tokyo Kevin Inouye. To take her love of dance to the next level, in 2013, Taylor auditioned for a world renowned TV show: “So You Think You Can Dance”. She was highlighted as one of their favorites in Los Angeles but due to injury could not continue. In light of this event, she co-founded an elite training program, True Dance Potential, in hopes of increasing the longevity of dancers’ careers as artists and athletes. Taylor is now pursuing her own dream of opening up an elite training and recovery studio to provide the resources, training, and education for young dancers and athletes to take their careers to the next level safely and effectively.

Daria Tertova

Instructor
Ballet Technique

 

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.

Melanie Hawkes Seeley

Instructor
Ballet Technique

 

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.