Summer Programs

Summer Programs

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

Laguna Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive offers male and female dancers the chance to experience exceptional training. 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, Yoga, Stage Make-up, Acting, Pilates and Dance History.

Internationally Acclaimed Guest Teachers!

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Joan Boada

A native of Havana, Cuba, Joan Boada trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and danced with several international companies before beginning his 16 year career as a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet in 1999. Among his major roles are Albrecht in Giselle, Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Basilio in Don Quixote, Lensky in Onegin. Boada’s honors include an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance with Lorena Feijoo for Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote in 2003, and various awards at international ballet competitions in 1994 and 1995.

Julio - BWJulio 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.

Christine - BWChristine Shevchenko

Christine Shevchenko was born in Odessa, Ukraine. At the age of eight, she moved to the United States and trained for nine years at Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School, under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. She has also studied with Olga Tozyiakova, Lev Assaulyak and Alexander Boitsov. Shevchenko danced the children’s lead in Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker for three years, and was featured in the NBC specialDegas and the Dance. In 2002 she was invited to perform with International Ballet Theatre Company’s “Stars of Kirov, Bolshoi and Ukrainian Ballet” in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2003, Shevchenko became the youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award. Other awards include the Bronze Medal in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, 2005 Gold Medal and Title of Laureate at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, the George Zoritch of Ballet Russe Award for Talent Recognition, the 2010 Margaret Moore Dance Award and the 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008.  She became a Soloist in August 2014.

Evelyn - BWEvelyn Kocak

Evelyn Kocak is a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Previously, she danced with the Staatsballett Berlin in Germany for four years and was an apprentice with New York City Ballet for the 2004-’05 season. She appeared with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors live television broadcast, at Jacobs Pillow, and at the Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Evelyn trained as a scholarship student for four years at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. She has also been a  guest teacher with Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive.


Katie - BWKatie 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.

Jacquelyn - BWJacquelyn Sutkowi

Jacquelyn received her BFA from Chapman University in Dance Performance with a Minor in Communication Studies. A contemporary jazz dancer and choreographer, she has danced at the Jazz Dance World Congress, American College Dance Festival, Long Beach Grand Prix, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Sean Greene Dance Company and The Carnival. In addition to live stage, Jacquelyn worked on countless shows on MTV and SiTV.

Jacquelyn eventually decided to take a look at the another side of the dance industry as a Dance Agent at DDO Artists Agency in Hollywood. Jacquelyn now continues her career as an international commercial dance educator who can still be seen on tour with dance conventions, teaching, choreographing award winning competition numbers, judging and lecturing on the commercial dance industry.

Allison - BWAllison 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.


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.

*Housing Available*

Registration Now Open

*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…

Vladimir Malakhov – Former Director of Staatsballett Berlin, former Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet and Vienna State Opera Ballet.
Lisette Salgado-Lucas – Former member of Joffrey Ballet NY, former Principal dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Emi Hariyama – Graduate of the Bolshoi Academy  in Moscow, danced with Moscow Ballet Theater and Aalto Ballet Theater in Germany, former member of Staatsballett Berlin.
Katherine Rochon-Thomas – Currently teaches at Laguna Dance Theatre/Laguna Ballet, trainee at SAB and PNB, former apprentice with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dallas Fort Worth Ballet.
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
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