V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy – News

V&T Alumni Chisako Oga signs with San Francisco Ballet


Congratulations to V&T Alumni Chisako Oga who has just signed with San Francisco Ballet company! We are so very proud of Chisako and her hard work and wish her all the best!




Win 4 FREE tickets to Disneyland!

Win 4 FREE tickets to Disneyland with our New Student Referral Contest!

Refer the most number of new students between now and Spring Show (July 27) and win!

Referral Postcards and New Student Special fliers are available at our front desk. Please make sure new students reference you when they register. At least one month tuition must be paid in order to qualify as a new student. A referral to Summer Intensive counts as 2 new students.

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Best Technique at Move

Congratulations to all our Move Productions 2015 Competition Dancers!! We are so proud of everyone for all their hard work and a big Thank You! goes out to all parents for their love and commitment to their children! V&T is happy to be called “home” to all our dancers and their families!


Noa Lin – 1st Int Solo Senior Pointe
Linn Molin – 2nd Int Solo Junior Contemp
Linn Molin & Michelle Kamiya – 1st Int Duet/Trio Junior Contemp. 7th Overall.
Arthur Erlanson – 3rd Teen Solo Contemp
Alexa Woo – 7th Teen Solo Contemp
Huiyi Bao – 10th Teen Solo Contemp
Madeline Woo, Alexa Woo, Ysa Calderon “Mannequin” – 1st Teen Duet/Trio Contemp. 5th Overall
“Conjurer” – 1st Large Group Contemp. 2nd Overall.
“Worth It” – 3rd Teen Hiphop
Madeline Woo – 1st Solo Senior Contemp. 2nd Overall
V&T Studio Award “Best Technique”

Soka International Festival 2015


A big thank you to all the V&T dancers who participated in Soka University’s 2015 International Festival this past weekend and their parents for their support and encouragement. Here are some amazing captures by photographer Mike Sauder. Look for us again next year!
























Images of Ballet Soirée – Imagination Celebration at V&T

On Saturday, April 25th, V&T participated in Arts OC‘s Imagination Celebration by opening their doors to the public for an in-house performance with some of their best ballet, hip hop, and contemporary pieces. The performance was followed by a fun dress up time and 30 minute ballet lesson for students in grades K-6.

Here are just a few of the wonderful moments captured from this community outreach event. We hope to participate again next year and if you missed it, don’t worry, you can join us this Saturday at Soka University’s International Festival where our dancers will be performing again!

Photo credits: Ulrika Molin, Bey Calderon, Danis McDermott









Soka University International Festival This Saturday!


Please join us at Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival celebrating worldwide arts, dance, and music performances. The Festival is FREE! Parking is $10. Don’t miss V&T’s dancers who will be performing from 4:10-4:40pm on the RECREATION CENTER STAGE.

We’ll also have a Dress-Up Booth up top in the grassy area (Adventure Land) and postcards for 2 Free Trial Classes to our ballet academy so be sure to stop by with your little ones and say Hi!

New Beginner Ballet Class for Teens & Adults!


Have you been watching your daughter or son in ballet class and wished you could try? Or have you had a lifelong dream to dance but figured it’s too late? Have you felt like there’s just not a class that you will feel comfortable in because you don’t have any or very much dance training?

No longer! V&T is opening a class on Monday nights 6:30pm – 7:30pm for teens and adults, men and women, to learn ballet from the beginning. This class will be taught by our very own Kimberly and will run on a drop in payment basis of $20 per class until further notice. So spread the word and bring a friend! Come take ballet with Kimberly at V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy next Monday!


Congratulations to all the V&T YAGP 2015 NY Finals participants


What a rewarding and enriching experience for all! Thank you, parents, students, and the V&T community for your love and support in this endeavor.

The amount of devotion, hard work, technical accomplishment, and artistic expression required to be invited to participate in YAGP’s season culminating Finals is remarkable and we are so very proud of each and every one of you!





Top 12 Large Ensemble for Conjurer by Asuka Kondoh

Alexa Woo Houston Ballet Scholarship

Maddy Woo full-year John Cranko School in Stuttgart Ballet in Germany & Top 12 Senior Women Category.

Congratulations to Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky and Asuka Kondoh for all their coaching and hard work.

Congratulations to ALL the participants and winners of scholarship awards.


Ballet Soiree / Imagination Celebration Performance and Educational Outreach is this Saturday, April, 25th at 12:30pm. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to encourage a young child in the arts and attend a free performance by V&T’s artful students! Participation is Free, space is limited. To reserve a seat, pre-register at www.vandtdance.com/ballet-soiree

Seven Beauties & Spring Showcase (YAGP & Class Showcase Work) on June 27, 2015 at Irvine Valley College. Please mark your calendars! Tickets will be on sale on May 1, 2015.

Summer Intensive (July 6 – July 31 , 2015) applications are still being accepted through May 1st.

Contemporary / Jazz / Hip Hop Intensive (August 3 – 7, 2015) with Asuka Kondoh still accepting applications through May 1st.


Fairy Tale Ballet & Dance Camp (August 3 – 7, 2015) registration is now open! Our very own Karen Woo will be helping your little ones get a head start this summer with fun, focus, movement, and technique all magically wrapped into a fairytale experience!


Watch our V&T Dancers at YAGP NY via Live Stream

Some of our dancers will be heading to New York to compete at YAGP next weekend and you can watch their performances via live stream! Following is a time schedule and instructions on how to access the live stream.

YAGP Live Broadcast Information






To watch the YAGP competitions live, you can purchase a package of 2, 4, 6 or 12 total viewing hours, starting at just $11.99.

To do so, you will need to create a unique USERNAME and PASSWORD and then choose the package you would like to purchase.

The time counter will start each time when you log in with your USERNAME and PASSWORD and will stop when you navigate to a different page or close the website – so you will be able to choose which parts of the competition you would like to watch until you reach the total number of viewing hours you have purchased.

Please note that you may purchase viewing-hours packages at any time and use them for any YAGP competition event.


V&T Dancers YAGP NY Schedule

Keep in mind the 3 hour time difference!
Date Open Stage Competition Dancers Participant # Piece
10-Apr 4:10p-4:40p 4:40p-5:50p Maddy, Ysa, Alexa #815 (801-820) Mannequin
10-Apr 4:10p-4:40p 4:40p-5:50p Alexa/Arthur #904 (901-904) Giselle PDD
11-Apr 10:00a-10:30a 10:30a-12:10p Alexa #8 (001-038) Insomnia
12-Apr 1:00p-1:20p 1:20p-3:00p Maddy #237 (233-268) Devil’s Stowaway
12-Apr 8:20p-8:40p 8:40p-10:00p Lawrence Chen #352 (346-378) Gopak
13-Apr 12:00p-12:30 12:30p-2:00p Alexa #8 (001-038) Giselle
13-Apr 5:40p-6:10p 6:10p-7:40p Maddy/Lawrence #926 (924-936) Swan Lake PDD
14-Apr 1:40p-2:00p 2:00p-3:30p Maddy #237 (233-272) Don Quixote
14-Apr 5:00p – 5:20p 5:20p-6:30p Lawrence #352 (332-378) Diana & Acteon
14-Apr 8:00p-8:30p 8:30p-10:00p Company #875 (864-884) Conjurer

V&T Rocks Cathy Roe Competition 2015

V&T Students headed to Long Beach this past weekend for Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition 2015 tour. The results? SPECTACULAR! We are very, very proud of all our wonderful dancers, their hard work, and exceptional performances.


Company Ensemble “The Conjurer”


*All contemporary dances choreographed by the amazing Asuka Kondoh



1st – Company Ensemble “The Conjurer”

2nd – Madeline Woo “Devil’s Stowaway”

3rd – Madeline Woo, Alexa Woo, Ysabella Calderon “Mannequin”

8th – Ysabella Calderon “Arachnid”


Madeline Woo, Alexa Woo, Ysabella Calderon “Mannequin”



Senior Elite Solo

1st – Madeline Woo “Devil’s Stowaway”

4th – Danielle Plopper “Variation from Esmeralda”


Madeline Woo “Devil’s Stowaway”


Danielle Plopper “Variation from Esmeralda”

Teen Elite Solo

1st  – Ysabella Calderon “Arachnid”


Ysabella Calderon “Arachnid”


Teen Intermediate Solo

1st – Jessica Cai “Love Letter”


Teen Elite Large Group

1st – Company Ensemble “The Conjurer”


Teen Elite Duet/Trio

1st – Madeline Woo, Alexa Woo, Ysabella Calderon “Mannequin”


Junior Elite Solo

1st – Alexa Woo “Insomnia”

2nd – Arthur Erlanson “Broken”



Arthur Erlanson “Broken”


Junior Intermediate Large Group

Many a New Day: 2nd Place in Junior Immediate Ensemble


Many a New Day choreographed by Karen Woo


Junior Novice Solo

Linn Molin “Heartbeat”: Solo 3rd place; invitational to perform finals


Junior Novice Duet/Trio
Michelle Kamiya & Linn Molin “Los Angelitas”: Duet 4th Place


Michelle Kamiya, Linn Molin, Los Angelitas, choreography by Karen Woo

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