Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive

International Summer Intensive 2014 Four-Week Program: July 7-August 1

Laguna Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive offers male and female dancers ages 11 to 20 an exceptional training experience. During this four 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.

Gonzalo Garcia

Gonzalo Garcia is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Mr. Garcia began studying ballet at the age of eight at Maria Avila’s school. In 1995, he attended the summer session at San Francisco Ballet School. Following this session, Mr. Garcia participated in the Prix de Lausanne, becoming the youngest dancer to receive a gold medal. He then returned to the School to resume his studies and was selected by Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet, to perform in a world premiere ballet created especially for the 1996 Spring Student Showcase. Mr. Garcia joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in March 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to soloist, and in 2002 to principal dancer. Mr. Garcia was invited to perform Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina with New York City Ballet as part of the Company’s Balanchine Centennial Celebration in 2004. Mr. Garcia joined New York City Ballet in October of 2007 as a principal dancer.

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.

Kristin D’Addario

Kristin D’Addario grew up in Southern California where she trained at Laguna Dance Theatre. She continued her training at the School of American Ballet and the Miami City Ballet School to then join the Miami City Ballet in 2003. While in Miami, she performed soloist and principal roles in numerous Balanchine ballets including Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Four Temperaments, and The Nutcracker, as well as works by Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor. In 2010 Kristin relocated to Montreal where she danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for two years, performing in works by Christian Spuck, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Celis, Ohad Naharin, and Didy Veldman. She currently freelances and teaches in Atlanta, aiming to pursue a future career in the natural health field specializing with dancers.

Jonnathan Ramirez

Born in Cali, Colombia, this is Jonnathan’s fourth season with Tulsa Ballet. He began his dance training at age 8 at Incolballet, one of the best classical ballet schools in Latin America. He continued his training at four summer intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre, and received a full scholarship to ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet. He has danced with the Incolballet of Cali, Colombia, Cincinnati Ballet and Houston Ballet. Jonnathan’s repertory includes Corda, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Carmina Burana, Serenade, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.

Erin Pritchard

Born in Orlando, Florida, Erin is in her fourth season with Tulsa Ballet. She received her dance training at the Orlando Ballet School under Fernando Bujones, and was a trainee with Orlando Ballet. She was a semi-finalist at the Beijing International Ballet Competition and a YAGP Finalist in 2006. She has danced with Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet II. Her repertory includes the role of Calliope in Apollo, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Nine Sinatra Songs, Sechs Tanze, there, below, In The Upper Room, Leaves are Fading and Theme and Variations.

Olivia Ornelas

Olivia Ornelas was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began her training at Ballet Etudes and at Mary Moe Adams Royal Ballet Academy. She joins the company after first being a member of the school’s Professional Division and later as an Apprentice. During her time with the school, Ornelas has performed leading roles in the annual performance including the soloist woman in George Balanchine’s La Source, as GW in Robert Henry Johnson’s Road to the Yellow Carnival, and in Christopher Stowell’s Within Range and Peter and the Wolf (the Cat).

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.


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 *

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*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.