V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy’s

Summer Intensive Program

July 3 – July 28, 2017

V&T, known for its highly successful classical ballet and dance program, invites you to Orange County’s Premier Ballet & Dance Intensive this summer. Dancers who are serious about improving their technique, artistry, excellence and commitment to the craft can not do better than to immerse themselves in the quality training at V&T. Audition is required prior to attendance. Those who are not able to make it to the physical audition may submit a video audition for consideration by email to: vandtdance@gmail.com. Acceptance to the intensive will be at the artistic directors’ discretion.

~ Instructors ~

Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky

Resident Masters, V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy 

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Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky 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.

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. Victor and Tatiana have also had two of their students selected to compete at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne.

ELENA OVCHINNIKOVA

Elena Ovchinnikova is one of the most educated Vaganova ballet scholars in the world. She has won 3 International Ballet Competition Awards…one from Zagreb in 2012, from Rome in 2007, and Vienna in 2007. She is the author of the “Breath in Choreography” program and book which has the honor of being approved by the Academic Council of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy). The innovative method has been used in educational ballet lessons since 2002.

Elena has a Ph.D. in Theory and Methods of Dance from theMoscow State Academy of Choreography (also known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy); in 2009 she graduated as Ballet Pedagogue, with honors, from Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy); she also graduated as Joint M.Sc./M.D., Medical Cybernetics, in 2004, (that is Medical Doctor studies combined with scientific training) from the Russian  State  Medical University, Moscow.

2009-present: Moscow State Ballet Theater “New Russian Ballet ” – soloist, principal. 2007-2009: National State Opera and Ballet Theater “Astana Opera”– soloist.

2001- 2006: Moscow State Ballet Theater “Ballet of Russia” – ballet artist, soloist.

Ballet roles -“Paquita” (chor. M. Petipa, version O. Vinogradov), Paquita; “Bayadera” (chor. M. Petipa) Gamzatti; “Gizelle” (chor. M. Petipa) Mirta; “Sleeping Beauty” (chor. M. Petipa) Lilac Fairy; “Swan Lake” (chor. M. Petipa & Yu. Grigorovich) Odillie; “La Silphides” (“Chopeniana” in Russia; chor. M. Fokin) – Mazurka, Prelude; “Classical pas de deux” (chor. J. Balanchin); Pas de deux from “Corsaire” (Medora& Slave) (chor. M. Petipa) ; “Pas de Classique” (chor. V. Gzovsky); “Pas de Quatre” (chor. A. Dolin) – Ch. Grizi, M. Talioni.

 

GEOFFREY ALEXANDER GONZALEZ

For the past nine season Geoffrey Gonzalez has performed as a principal dance artist for the City Ballet of San Diego. Additionally, the past five seasons Geoff has served as a resident choreographer. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Geoff began his formal dance training at the School of Ballet Arizona under direction of Kee Juan Han; completing his training at the University of Arizona as a dance major focusing on choreography, direction and performing. Performance credits in San Diego include principal roles in such ballets as Giselle, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine’s Emeralds, Four Temperaments, Sonatine, Serenade and Apollo. Geoff is also a member of the elite Bad Boys of Dance, an international touring performance company headlining in major cities such as Paris, Madrid, Munich and Rome.

 

SAKINA IBRAHIM

Writer, creative & social entrepreneur and NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for her debut book Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the younger self. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts. She has worked as a dance educator while operating leadership and education programs with organizations such as Jill Scott’s Blue Babe Foundation, Education Unlimited and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Sakina has presented research at academic conferences on topics related to the arts, media and race relations at California State University, University of Albany and the University of California, Irvine.

 

IGOR YURLOV

Spent 18 years with Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer has worked and trained with the great masters of Russian including Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Yuri Vladimirov, Shamil Yagudin, Natalia Bessmertnova, and Yuri Grigorovich. Yurlov, who danced with the Bolshoi from 1981 to 1999, performed many solos and leading roles in ballets including Le Corsaire, Giselle, Spartacus, Ivan the Terrible, Golden Age and Romeo and Juliet. He toured in more than 50 countries before retiring and beginning to teach in both Moscow and internationally in 2002. Yurlov will guest teach with the San Diego Academy of Ballet during December 2011 and will conduct intermediate and advanced level Master classes.

YEONJUNG CHANG
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Yeonjung trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia for 11 years. Yeonjung competed in the 10th Moscow International Ballet Competition and Contest for Choreographers, where she was awarded an Honorary Diploma. She went on to dance as a soloist for the Imperial Russian Ballet. She toured internationally in such performances as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Carmina Burana, Bolero, Paquita, Sheherezade, Walpurgieva Night, Polovtsian Dance, Carmen, Divertissement. Yeonjung has also danced with the The Russian National Ballet Foundation, The Crown of Russian Ballet Theater and Choseungmi Ballet Corporation as a guest soloist. She has danced in works by Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, Vasili Vainonen, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, Alberto Alonso, Leonid Lavrovsky, Nikolai Androsov, Gediminas Taranda.

In 2014 Yeonjung received her specialist degree in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography with Honors from Bolshoi Ballet Academy. During her studies at the Academy, acted as a substitute teacher and professor’s assistant and led rehearsals for Academy performances. She also assisted in the revival of Michel Fokine’s The Dying Swan with former Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Theater, Yury Burlaka. In 2014 Yeonjung choreographed for the State Examination of Stage Character Dance for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2015 she became a faculty member at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, taught the Vaganova ballet method, ballet techniques: Point, and Repertory, coached and choreographed for the Contemporary Ywan Ballet Company, and lectured for Universal Ballet for the Ballet Teachers Training Program. In 2016, Yeonjung substituted at the University of California, Irvine, open classes at the Maple Conservatory of Dance, and group and private lessons at Li’s Ballet Studio in Los Angeles. Since 2007 she has taught summer intensive programs in Vitoria, Brazil with Imperial Russian Ballet, Moscow with Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Torino with Oxana Kichenko Ballet, New York City with Hariyama Ballet, Orange County with South Coast Conservatory, and Washington D.C with Kirov Academy of Ballet.

 

ZACHARY GROENEWOLD
Zach is professionally trained in ballet, jazz, and hip hop.  As a performer, Zach was a member of the San Diego-based dance company Axxiom Dance Collective from 2008-2011. Currently Zach is a 3rd year member of the competitive hip hop team Team Millennia, where he has spent two years on the team executive board including serving as one of the captains for the 2012-2013 season. Zach has spent the past 11 years at McPherson Magnet School in Orange as resident choreographer for their performing arts department. In addition to his work at McPherson, Zach is an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, teaching for their dance department. He has also taught various workshops, master classes, and choreographed for high schools, middle schools, colleges, and studios around the country.

 

KAREN WOO
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.

 

Pay for all 4 weeks by May 1, 2017 and receive an additional $100 off!

The total for four weeks would be $1500.

Program

4 week session $1600 (Pay for all 4 weeks by May 1, 2017 and receive an additional $100 off)

2 week session $1050 (7/3 – 7/14 or 7/17 – 7/28)

1 week session $550

Performance at the end of the intensive for those attending all 4 weeks.

Summer intensive application due by April 30, 2016 with final payment due by June 1, 2016.

Limited availability with priority given to those dancers attending all 4 weeks. Students will be notified via e-mail whether they have been accepted. Waitlisted students will also be notified.

Housing available, please inquire. Weekend activities include Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World, world famous San Diego zoo, beach days and barbeque and more!

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Karen Woo | Choreographer, MFA