Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive

International Summer Intensive 2016 Three-Week Program: July 11th – 29th

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!

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.

Lissette Salgado-Lucas

Lissette Salgado was born in Miami, Florida. A finalist in the 1985 Prix de Lausanne lead her to her join Joffrey II in 1986 and the Joffrey Ballet in 1988 where she danced for seven years. She joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1995 and became Principal in 1996. She also danced internationally as a guest artist. During her career she danced the works of Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Anthony Tudor, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, Jiri Kylian, Mikhail Fokine and Edward Stierle among others.
After retiring as a dancer in Winnipeg, Canada, Ms. Salgado became Assistant Director of the Artistic Dance Center in Miami where she has taught and coached national winners of Youth America Grand Prix and the American Dance Competition and has staged classical and contemporary ballets for the school and company.
Ms. Salgado was Laguna Ballet’s Sugarplum Fairy in December, 1991.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 and American Ballet Theatre in 1995. He is former direction of the Staatsballett Berlin. Mr. Malakhov, internationally acclaimed for his artistic lyricism, has won many prestigious awards in the dance world.


*Teachers subject to change

Summer events include invitation only choreographic workshops, private sessions 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 and current Principal dancer with Vienna Stattsopera in Austria
Chasen Greenwood- Dancer, Actor, Singer; Trained with Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Dallas Black
Jacquelyn Jenae Sutkowi- 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 New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet 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- Former member of New York City Ballet
Kristin D’Addario- A former member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Soloist and Principal dancer of Miami City Ballet and School of American Ballet
Jodie Gates- Former Principal at the Pennsylvania Ballet, and member of the Joffrey Ballet and Frankfurt Ballet
Angela Snow- Former member of the American Ballet Theatre
Joaquin De Luz- Principal dancer at New York City Ballet, former soloist at American Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet
Gonzalo Garcia- Principal dancer at New York City Ballet
Jonnathan Ramirez- Current member of Tulsa Ballet
Erin Pritchard- Current member of Tulsa Ballet, former member of Houston Ballet
Olivia Ornelas- Former pre-professional Company Artist at Oregon Ballet Theatre