V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy – News

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

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

V&T would like to thank all our teachers, parents, students, families, friends and supporters! We couldn’t do all that we do without the loving help and support of all of you. You are our family and we love and appreciate you very much. Have a wonderful holiday break and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Classes begin January 4th.

Please enjoy the following video of some of the cast of The Nutcracker from this and previous years created by Bey Calderon!

Save $5 on Nutcracker Tickets

Purchase your Nutcracker tickets before Monday, November 16th to save $5 per seat! Ticket prices will increase $5 beginning Monday so stop by the studio or order on-line today!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT before November 16th
Adults: $25
Seniors/Students/Child: $20

AFTER November 16th
Adults: $30
Seniors/Students/Child: $25

Nutcracker ballet Fullerton

Celebrate this holiday season in the magical Land of the Sweets

Golden State Dance Foundation & V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy, award-winning school of classical ballet, presents Orange County’s favorite Nutcracker Ballet at the Fullerton College Theater.

Two Shows ONLY

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 @ 2 p.m.

Fullerton College
321 E Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Map & Directions
Phone: (949) 215-1553
Email: vandtdance@gmail.com
Website: http://www.vandtdance.com

Madeline Woo, Sugarplum Fairy, Nutcracker

Madeline Woo, Sugar Plum Fairy, an alumnus of V&T Dance, full scholarship student in the world renowned John Cranko School, the official school of Stuttgart Ballet in Germany.

V&T at Segerstrom Concert Hall for World Premier of Beyond Land and Ocean


Conjurer choreograhy: Asuka Kondoh

V&T dancers were invited this past weekend to perform select pieces at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for the world premier of Beyond Land and Ocean, a brand new piece of music inspired by and written by Narong Prangcharoen for Orange County, performed by the Pacific Symphony.

V&T students were honored to be a part of this remarkable community celebration!




Upcoming Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

Here is a list of our upcoming performance, rehearsal, competition, and holiday dates – mark your calendars!


Oct 4th, Sunday, 1-3pm – Pacific Symphony Community Festival Performance – OC in Unison: Beyond Land & Ocean

Dec. 17th or 18th, Thurs or Fri, call time 3 pm – Mandatory Dress Rehearsal at Fullerton
College Campus Theater – Nutcracker

Dec 19th & 20th, 2pm matinee – Nutcracker Performance at Fullerton College Campus Theater

Dec. 21th ~ Jan. 2nd – School closed for holidays

Jan. 4th, Mon. – School begins

Jan. 22nd, Friday, 7 pm – YAGP Showing in studio (San Diego)

Jan. 22nd-24th, Friday-Sun, all day – YAGP Los Angeles Regional Competition

Jan 23rd – Leisure World Laguna Woods Performance

Jan. 27th, Wed, 7:30-8:15 pm – Laguna Woods Performance

Jan. 29th-31th, Friday-Sun, all day – YAGP San Diego Regional Competition

Mar. 4th-6th, Fri-Sun, all day – Cathy Roe Dance Long Beach

April 22nd-29th, YAGP NY Finals

May 2nd, Sat, Time TBD – SOKA in Aliso Viejo

May 19th-22nd, Thurs-Sun – MOVE in Pasadena

June ? TBD – Spring Showcase & Ballet

July 5 – July 29 – 2016 Summer Intensive

Nutcracker Auditions Saturday, September 19th Open to Public!

Nutcracker season is upon us…


and V&T is welcoming EVERYONE who loves to dance to audtition on Saturday, September 19th. The tentative schedule is listed below. Please note that some auditions may run longer or shorter so plan to arrive early and be prepared for possible delays.

Open Community Audition Sessions

Boys                                                      12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5)                       12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Level 1–2 (ages 5-7)                        12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Level 3 (ages 8-10)                           1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Level 4 (ages 10-12)                        1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Company (ages 13 & up)               2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.


For Nutcracker Show Dates, Tickets, and Details, Click Here



Fall Classes Begin Tuesday, September 1st!

We are excited to welcome all of our students back for a new school year at V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy!

Our new Fall Class Schedule is now posted and online registration is available through our new registration portal. Please be sure to enroll your students for their classes ASAP if you have not already done so. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us right away.


Fall Schedule 2015

We would also like to remind all parents that there is a MANDATORY MEETING on Saturday, September 5 at 12:30pm at the studio. We ask that all students and at least one parent attend this meeting where we will be covering very important information regarding our new rules and regulations, upcoming performance and community outreach opportunities, etc. This is also a great time to meet and connect with other parents in your student’s level.

We look forward to beginning this wonderful new year with all of you!

Summer Intensive Recap

As students head back for a new school year, here are a couple videos for you to enjoy from V&T’s Summer Intensive Program. Video courtesy of Mike Sauder.

Video 1
July 31, 2015
Excerpts from Coppelia staged by Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky, Elena Ovchinikova, and Igor Yurlov, choreography by M. Petipa, music by L. Delibes, danced by the amazing V&T students.

Video 2
July 31, 2015 recital

1. Dance of the Hours, level 3 repertory (Choreo by Karen Woo, Music by La Gionconda)
2. The Love, level 4 hip hop (Choreo by Zach Groenewold, Music by Kehlani/Keiza)
3. Say Something, level 3 contemporary (Choreo by Briana Haft, Music by Scott Bradlee)
4. See You Again, Company hip hop (Choreo by Zach, Music by Wiz Kalifa)
5. Suffer, level 4 contemporary (Choreo by Briana, Music by Charlie Puth)
6. Trouble, level 3 jazz (Choreo by Brittany Poole, Music by Neon Jungle)
7. Lalena, Company contemporary (Choreo by Briana, Music by Jane Oliver)
8. Work, level 4 jazz (Choreo by Brittany, Music by Britney Spears)
9. Trouble Mix, level 3 hip hop (Choreo by Zach, Music by Iggy Azalea/5th Harmony)
10. I’m an Albatraoz, Company jazz (Choreo by Brittany, Music by Aron Chupa)

Accepting New Students for 2015-2016 Season

Registration for the 2015-2016 Season is now open and class schedules for the remainder of August and the new fall season beginning September are now posted on on our website.

Schedule August 17to30

We have notified existing students of placement for the upcoming season by email. Any new students wishing to attend classes in the fall season please contact our office immediately for placement.

We look forward to a wonderful new season with all of you!



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