It is with great excitement that we announce our return to the stage!

Tickets for our 36th Anniversary performance of The Nutcracker are on sale now.

December 16-18 at Coast Hills Church Theater in Aliso Viejo.

Get your tickets now at

Performance times and casting:

Dec 16th 7pm – Red Cast
Dec 17th 7pm – Green Cast
Dec 18th 1pm – Red Cast
Dec 18th 6 pm – Green Cast


Please remember some important upcoming dates:

  • Fall classes BEGIN August 16th 2021
  • Click to register for:
  • Nutcracker Auditions 2021- LEVELS 3-7 – Saturday, August 28th 
  • Audition Registration COMING SOON!
  • Clara Auditions- Saturday, August 29th
  • Labor Day- Closed Monday, September 6th
  • Nutcracker Auditions- BOYS-COMBO-LEVEL 2 -Saturday, September 11th
  • Nutcracker Rehearsals Begin–October 2nd 2021
  • Sugar Plum Tea- Sunday, November 28th (Tentative)
  • Nutcracker Show dates (December 14-19)(Tentative)

Please reach out if you have any questions!  We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

Best wishes,

LDT Staff

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There are 3 different scenarios for production that we are considering to make the production possible:

  • Saddleback College or other indoor theater if possible

  • Build out tents/stage and a temporary dance floor at an outdoor venue

  • A virtual version to be enjoyed in your home or at an outdoor drive-in venue

(If you have connections with venues where an outdoor theater could be set up, discounts on tents, lighting, or chairs- please contact Melissa Sandoval)

Laguna Ballet’s dress rehearsals and performances will be held at the venue on December 15th through 20th.  We will notify you of the venue information as it becomes available.

Rehearsals for the production are on the weekends, and each student is committed to attend all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. All rehearsals are mandatory; excessive absence from rehearsal will result in the student losing their part. Please notify the office of any prior known absences at least one week in advance. In cases of illness, absences are excused and students are asked not to participate if contagious or have a fever or have vomited in the previous 24 hrs (also please note COVID-19 guidelines).  Injured students are required to come to rehearsal to view and learn spacing and choreography. Tuition MUST be current through 12/22/20 to participate in the performances. Participants must be registered in at least 1 Ballet class at Laguna Dance Theatre to participate in the Laguna Ballet performances of The Nutcracker.

Important Dates:

October 3 Rehearsals begin for Level 3A and up

October 24 Rehearsals for Ages 6- Level 2

SUGAR PLUM TEA- Cancelled for 2020, See you next year!

Nutcracker production week, December 15-20th 2020

Participation Fee Includes:

Rehearsal & Performance Fee, Costume Rental & Cleaning Fee, Nutcracker 2020 DVD, Headshot for the Program and Digital Copy and Commemorative T-Shirt

Combo Ballet/ Ballet I Performance Fee: $225

Ballet II Performance Fee: $250

Boys: Performance Fee portion is waved $75

Ballet III Performance Fee: $275

Ballet VI Performance Fee: $300

Ballet V/VI/VII Performance Fee: $330

PDX Coaching & Rehearsal Fee: $200 *Due Upon acceptance of role. *In Addition to Level Fee

Participation Fees Due to Laguna Ballet on the day of the audition.

*Students must be enrolled in the mandatory hours of classes per level. Tuition must be current to audition.

If you have any further questions, please email

We look forward to making Nutcracker 2020the best we can given the circumstances and making it a memorable production!

Laguna Ballet

LAGUNA BALLET SUGAR PLUM TEA- Cancelled for 2020, See you next year! 

Dress up and learn about the Nutcracker story as the characters come to life! Enjoy performances by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from the Land of Sweets, make keepsake crafts, take photos with the cast, indulge in a heavenly dessert and beverage bar and don’t miss our unique Nutcracker shopping boutique.
Hosted in the Marzipan Room at
Laguna Dance Theatre, Home of Laguna Ballet
23854 Via Fabricante Suite F3, Mission Viejo CA 92691
$– Child*
$– Adult
**(Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by and adult)
Seating is Limited

For more information please email



  • Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to the 2020 Nutcracker season!       

       2020 Nutcracker Dates

    Thursday December
    Friday December
    Saturday December
    Sunday December

    McKinney Theatre Seating Chart

  • Please join us for our future Nutcracker performances, a family favorite holiday tradition, presented by Laguna Ballet.
  • Thank you to all who attended and participated in the 2019 performances of The Nutcracker!

Laguna Ballet is a non-profit junior ballet company founded by Shery Gilbert, and is comprised of students ages 5 and up. For the past 35 years, over 90 children from Orange County participate each year in Laguna Ballet’s full length Nutcracker ballet.

Participants in the production are given the opportunity to dance with professional guest artists from companies such as New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Moscow Classical Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. Auditions are required for all participants.


Spring Showcase

Spring Performance Information TBA

Thank you to all of our volunteers and families that participated in our Spring 2019 Showcases! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 Season!

Laguna Ballet hosts an annual spring performance which showcases the Classical Ballet Division, Professional Children’s Division and Commercial/Contemporary Division.

Professional guest artists are invited to perform with our students to enhance their performing experience.  Previous guest artist include Principal and soloist dancer from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet,  Miami City Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet.

2020 Performance Dates

Thursday June 19th

Spring Showcase


Friday June 20th

Spring Showcase


Senior & Junior Ballet Intensive

Summer 2021 TBA



Guest Ballet Faculty:

Carlos Gonzalez (CG) American Ballet Theatre

Rainer Krenstetter (RK), Miami City Ballet

Madeline Houk (MK), ACB

Will Robichaud, Alexandra Carey (AC), Eugene Ballet

Noah Miller, (NM)Tennesee Ballet

Guest Contemporary Faculty:

Paola Isabella (PI), Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop

Andrea Derkum (AD), Contemporary


Laguna Dance Theatre International Summer Intensive 2019 July 8-26th 2019

Three-Week Program:

Laguna Dance Theatre’s summer program brings internationally renowned dance professionals and master teachers to Mission Viejo for a 3 week,
Monday – Friday, 12-5pm dance intensive. Included in this outstanding program are daily Ballet Technique classes, Pointe, Men’s class, Variations, Pilates, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Jazz, Character, and Dance History. This program is designed for intermediate and advanced students.  Individual coaching and mentoring is part of this unique experience, culminating in our annual summer showcase.

Curriculum: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Men’s class and Conditioning, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Jazz, Yoga, Stage Make-up, Acting, Pilates and Dance History.

2018 Guest Teachers Included:

Rainer Krenstetter:
Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet, Former Principal dancer with Staatsballett Berlin. Throughout his training, Krenstetter participated and won medals in various international ballet competitions including in Vienna, Brasilia and Luxembourg, culminating in his first place win at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999.

Christine Shevchenko:
Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award. 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.

Julio Bragado Young:
Julio danced with the American Ballet Theatre for 15 years. During that time he was featured in numerous soloist roles in GiselleThe DreamDon Quixote, and Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Bright Stream“. Julio was born in the US and moved to Spain at the age of 2 and trained with the Lycee Francais de Madrid before returning to the US to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts before continuing his training with Boston Ballet and the School of American Ballet.

Jonnathon Ramirez:
Born in Cali, Colombia, this is Jonnathan’s eighth season with Tulsa Ballet. He is a Senior Soloist and previously danced with the Incolballet of Cali, Colombia, Cincinnati Ballet and Houston Ballet.  Jonnathon also received a full scholarship to ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet.

Jessica Payne:
Jessica is a company member with the Tulsa Ballet. In 2015, she joined Tulsa Ballet II and was promoted to Apprentice in the main company one year later.  Jessica’s repertoire includes The Sleeping Beauty (Angelini), The Three Musketeers(Prokovsky), Romeo and Juliet (Liang), The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko), and Serenade (Balanchine).  She received first place in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competitions of 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Allison Eggers:
Allison received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bard College in
Theatre and Dance and she has been the Dance History teacher on staff for ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School since 2013. In addition to teaching students at the school, she also works with ABT’s apprentices and the ABT Studio Company dancers.*Early Bird Discount Registration Deadline May 15th with 50% Non Refundable Deposit. Payment due in full by June 15th to receive discount.

Final Registration Deadline June 15th

The Junior Intensive offers our young dancers the opportunity to strengthen their foundation in technique, and experience Pre-pointe/Beginning Pointe*, Pilates, Character, Stretching, Broadway Jazz, Dance History and Variations classes. This program is designed to achieve strength, flexibility, movement quality, and balance for the developing dancer.

*Schedule and Faculty TBA and subject to change

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