Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive

International Summer Intensive 2015 Three-Week Program: July 6th – July 24th

Laguna Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive offers male and female dancers ages 11 to 20 an exceptional training experience. During this three week program, students in intermediate to advanced levels are given the opportunity to take class from international and national principal dancers and master teachers.

Curriculum: Ballet technique, Pointe, Variations, Men’s class and Conditioning, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates and Dance History. *Subject to change.

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Internationally Acclaimed Guest Teachers!

Vladimir Malakhov

Vladimir Malakhov was born in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine where he began dance training at the age of four at a small ballet school. He entered the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow at ten, studying under master pedagogue Peter Pestov. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Moscow Classical Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. In 1992, he joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a principal, also the National Ballet of Canada, then the Stuttgart Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1995 where he continued until after he became Artistic Director and Ballet Intendant in Berlin, where he merged the city’s three ballet companies, forming Staatsballett Berlin, performing in Berlin’s three Opera houses. Mr. Malakhov, internationally acclaimed for his artistic lyricism, has won many prestigious awards in the dance world. He will join The Tokyo Ballet in September, 2014, as Artistic Advisor.

Emi Hariyama

Emi Hariyama was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated from Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow with top scores. After graduating, she joined the Moscow Ballet Theater and the Aalto Ballett Theater in Essen, Germany. She joined the Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana, and there studied with Irina Kolpakova. Then she joined Ballet San Jose and later Boston Ballet. Ms. Hariyama was invited to the Leningrad State Ballet to star in Giselle and Swan Lake. Since 2003, she serves as an international ambassador of Suita City in Osaka. She has a wide range of repertoire from classical to neoclassical. She also has choreographed and collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic, along with many others. Since 2004, Emi Hariyama has been a member of Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Mr. Vladimir Malakhov.

Katie Scherman

Katie Scherman was born in Southern California and began her training in Anaheim with additional studies at Ballet Pacifica, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet. At 15, she received a full scholarship to Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy where she danced with Houston Ballet II and in Houston Ballet productions. While in Houston, Scherman was featured in works by Ben Stevenson, Brian Enos, and Stanton Welch. In 2004, Scherman joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company where she was featured in works by Trey McIntyre, George Balanchine, Septime Webre, and Susan Shields. In 2006, Scherman joined the inaugural class of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Dominican University BFA Program. While pursuing her BFA, she has worked with Alonzo King, Yannis Adoniou, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr, Marina Hotchkiss, Kara Davis, and Arturo Fernandez. Since moving to San Francisco, Scherman has had the privilege of dancing with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in their Fall 2008 season, as well as dancing as a guest artist with the Central California Ballet in Fresno. Scherman has danced with Zhukov Dance Theatre in their 2008 and 2009 summer seasons, where she was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Ensemble.

Julio Bragado-Young

Young is a classical ballet dancer whose 15 year career with American Ballet Theatre includes many character roles as well as dancing roles. From the beginning, critics recognized his ability to give life and depth to characters requiring a unique understanding of drama and comedy. In Giselle, “Julio Bragado-Young made the character of Wilfred, the hero’s anxious squire, as three-dimensional and vivid as I have ever known.” Alastair Macaulay, New York Times. As Bottom, “…his acting was superb as he relived his nightmare as a beast.” Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times. “Even though Julio Bragado-Young is much younger … he makes the old man a three dimensional human being.” Colleen Boresta, Dance Magazine. Born in Cleveland, he and his family moved to Spain at two years of age. There, he was schooled in the Lycee Français de Madrid. Fluent in English, French and Spanish, Julio has also studied the violin in Spain and classical fencing at the Martinez Fencing Academy in New York.


Katherine Rochon Thomas

Katherine is an alumnus of LDT and Laguna Ballet. Katherine began her training with Shery Gilbert and went on to train as a scholarship student and trainee at SAB, PNB, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dallas Fort Worth Ballet. Due to personal injuries, Katherine developed an interest in The Pilates Method and trained under Master teacher, Diane Diefenderfer. Katherine continued to dance, coach and teach throughout Orange County for Laguna Ballet, The Crystal Cathedral, Defore’s and Ballet Pacifica under the direction of Ethan Steifel, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. Through her influence and encouragement, Katherine students have gone on to attend schools such as Royal Ballet, SAB, ABT, Princess Grace Monaco as well as many University dance programs.


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Allison Eggers

Laguna Beach native and LDT alumna, Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Dance from Bard College.  Based in New York City, she works as a lighting designer for many museums, in the city and around the country.  Her love of dance history developed while at college, and she has been teaching at LDT’s intensive for over ten years.  She has been teaching dance history for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop since its inception, and, in addition to working with the company’s apprentices, became the Dance History teacher on the staff of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre in the fall of 2013.



Summer events include invitation only choreographic workshops, private coaching with guest artists for YAGP and Spotlight Awards Competition, Annual Showcase and Spaghetti Dinner, planned visits to Disneyland, SeaWorld, etc.

* Housing available *

Registration form coming soon!

*Out-of-state and international students are subject to additional costs for airport transportation, ground transportation, catered lunches and scheduled activities. Contact the office for pricing.

LDT was delighted to previously host…

Liudmila Konovalova Graduate of the Bolshoi Academy. Liudmila is currently a principal with Vienna Stattsopera, Austria.
Katherine Rochon Thomas Trained with the School of American Ballet, and Pittsburg Ballet. Kathy is a Certified Pilates and Pure Barre instructor in Cherry Creek, CO. Kathy is an alumni and former teacher of Laguna Dance Theatre.
Chasen Greenwood (Contemporary) Dancer, Actor, Singer; Trained with Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Dallas Black.
Jacquelyn Jenae Sutkowi (Jazz) BFA Graduate of Chapman University. She has appeared in roles such as 2007 MTV Movie Awards/Orbit Gum Commercial, 2006 The Dating Factory with Mario Lopez, Dick Clarks Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, The OC and Las Vegas.
Miranda Weese A former NYCB and PNB Principal dancer.
Nicola Curry Current member of ABT.
Stephanie Walz A former member of ABT and a current member of The Washington Ballet.
Aura Dixon, New York City Ballet Aura Dixon was born in San Diego, CA. where she trained until the age of 14. Aura was awarded a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet in NY and then joined NYCB in 1992. Following the death of George Balanchine, NYCB continued under the direction of Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins. Aura’s repertoire included not only the greatest works choreographed by George Balanchine but those created by Jerome Robbins. Her repertoire included Apollo, The Four T’s, Jewels, La Source, Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, Goldberg Variations and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Aura danced in The NYCB until 2001 and continues to teach students who love ballet and wish to share her passion for dance.
Kristin D’Addario, Miami City Ballet Ms. D’Addario began her dancing at Laguna Dance Theatre at the age of five. At the age of 16 Kristin attended the School of American Ballet, and at 19 went to the Miami City Ballet School. She joined MCB as a member of the corps in 2003 her repertoire with MCB includes Push Comes to Shove, Stars & Stripes, Western Symphony, Symphony in C, Cortege and The Nutcracker.
Jodie Gates, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Frankfurt, Complexions Jodie Gates has been working professionally at the highest level in the ballet world for over twenty years. Most recently Ms. Gates was working with Ballet Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe in Frankfurt, Germany. Ms. Gates professional dance career began at the age of 16, dancing with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. In 1995, she joined The Pennsylvania Ballet as a principal ballerina and by invitation of Mr. Forsythe, joined and danced for the Frankfurt Ballet for four years.
Angela Snow, ABT Angela Snow began ballet lessons at the age of seven at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre with Haydée Gutierrez and James Canfield. In February 2001, Snow joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company and shortly afterwards became an apprentice to the main Company in April 2001. Snow joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2001. Her repertoire with the Company includes the third girl in Fancy Free and Rosaline’s friend in Romeo and Juliet, as well as roles in La Bayadère, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Symphony in C.
Joaquin De Luz Joaquin De Luz was born in Madrid and received his training at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet. He danced with Victor Ullate Ballet Company from 1992 until 1995. In August 1996, he joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist. Mr. De Luz joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 1998, then lated joined New York City Ballet as a soloist in 2003, and in January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of principal dancer.