Class Schedule

Welcome To Laguna Dance Theatre, Home of Laguna Ballet!

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

Archive Documents:

New 2020 Safety Guidelines

Online Parent Portal Registration

In Studio Registration Form


Spring Showcase

Spring 2022 Performance Week Information

Tickets for our Spring Showcase are available online at

Saturday, June 18th at Coast Hills Church in Aliso Viejo
1 pm Children’s Program and Commercial Dance
6 pm Classical Ballet Program

In-studio Rehearsals at Laguna Dance Theatre: June 11 and 12th:

See schedule below, posted at studio and emailed.

Childrens Program & Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap

  • Mandatory In-Studio Rehearsal: Saturday, June 11th- 1:30-3:30
  • Miss Ellen’s: (Combo Jazz, Ballet, Tap)
  • Paola: Mon. 5:00 Wed. 5:30
  • Nicole’s: Tues. 5:30, Thurs 6:00
  • Andrea’s: Fri. 4:00
  • YAGP Ensemble, Rhapsody, YAGP solos

Dress Rehearsal Coast Hills Church Friday, June 17th, Call time 2:00 pm

Performance Saturday June 18th 1:00 pm, Call Time 11:30

Classical Ballet

  • Mandatory In studio Dress rehearsal- Sunday, June 12th- 1:00-3:30
    • Rhapsody/ Paquita
  • Dress Rehearsal Coast Hills Church:
    • Dress Rehearsal Friday, June 17th. 2022:
      • Call Time 3:30 (unless in the commercial show which arrives at 2:00)

Performance Saturday June 18th 6:00pm, Call Time: 4:30

Costume Fees, Rectal Fees, and June Tuition: All Monies need to be paid in order to purchase tickets. Costume fees will be sent this week and need to be paid in full prior to purchasing tickets.  Recital Fees are past due and need to be paid. June tuition must be paid prior to purchasing tickets. 

Costumes and Makeup for Dress Rehearsal and Performances

  • NO FOOD IN THE DRESSING ROOMS.  Only water is allowed in dressing rooms.  Dancers will have a place outside to eat.  This rule applies to dancers and volunteers alike.
  • Cover shoes and tights when going outside

There is a break in between shows.  Please please pay attention to time.  Parents may bring food for dancers.  There is a covered area outside for dancers to eat and take a breath of fresh air.

Photography- NO photography/videography is permitted in the auditorium at any time during performances or backstage in the wings during dress rehearsals.  We have assigned photographers for dress rehearsals and some performances.  Photos will be available for purchase.

Flowers- We will have flowers for sale at the performance

All Performers & Parents  Label all your personal items and leave valuables at home.

  • Respect all Coast Hills property.  Do not touch any props, boxes, bulletin boards, etc.
  • Clean-up is mandatory after each show.  All dancers and all parents are required to help clean up common backstage areas (dressing rooms, hallways, etc.) at the end of each rehearsal and performance.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium seating area by anyone at any time.
  • Childcare is not provided between shows.  If you are unable to be with your child, please make arrangements for supervision, food, and rest.

Ticket Sales 

Tickets are $35 each.

 Tickets will go on-sale Monday, June 6, 2022

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: NO DANCERS OR VOLUNTEERS IN DRESSING ROOMS UNLESS THEY ARE ASSIGNED TO BE IN THAT ROOM.  We have so many dancers in an unfamiliar theatre this year that it is imperative to keep a few people backstage and in dressing rooms as possible.  Therefore, dancers will not be allowed to enter any dressing room they are not assigned to.  Parents usually bring picnic blankets for the dancers to sit on so their leotards and tights don’t get dirty. Eating is only allowed outside in the courtyard.


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


Master Classes & Upcoming Events

Mark on your calendar with important upcoming dates: 

May 30 LDT Closed for Memorial Day

Recital Dates June 16-18 

LDT Summer Break (Studio Closed) July 1-10

LDT Summer Intensive July 11-July 29

Laguna Ballet’s Annual Golf Tournament Thursday, July 28th

Summer Intensive In-Studio Showcase July 29th

YAGP Information/ Placement (First week of August)

LDT Modified Schedule August 1-13

Fall 2022 August 15th

Nutcracker 2022 Auditions Saturday, August 27 (Level 3-7)

Nutcracker Pop-up Camps TBD

Labor Day Closed September 5th

Nutcracker 2022 Auditions Saturday, September 10th (Levels Beg-2)

Nutcracker 2022 Auditions Sunday, September 11th (Clara Audition)

Nutcracker Rehearsals Begin October 1st 2022

Nutcracker rehearsals begin (Mice/ Angels) October 15th 2022

Thanksgiving Vacation-Closed Thursday, November 24-25

Laguna Ballet’s Sugar Plum Tea Sunday, November 27th 

Nutcracker 2022 December 14-18 (Subject to change)

Modified Classes December 19-23

Studio Closed for Winter Break December 23-January 7th

Winter 2023 Classes Begin Monday, January 9th 2023

Wishing our dancers the best of luck as they head down to San Diego for another fun filled weekend of YAGP!

Free livestream available at

Golf Tournament-  Dates TBA: Coming in May 2021

Laguna Dance Theatre and Laguna Ballet are excited to celebrate 36 years of serving the greater Orange County area with excellence in dance instruction and performance. To celebrate this milestone we will be hosting a golf tournament, golf ball drop and dinner at the beautiful Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita CA.

We are asking that you join us in supporting this studio and the traditions that have been created from sharing classical ballet with our community.

Each year the students at Laguna Dance Theater have the opportunity to perform a full length Nutcracker as well as another full length ballet in the spring. As the cost of these productions are rising it has become harder and harder to host these events for our community each year.

We ask that you please join us as we not only celebrate the 36 years of serving our community with the gift of classical ballet but also as we raise much needed funds for these productions. After 36 years the studio is in need of new backdrops, costumes and many other items. Our hope is that this event will allow us to continue in our tradition of hosting these two productions.

There are several ways to support this great event:
1. Come out and join us for a great day of golf and fun!
2. Become a business sponsor and get some great exposure and build goodwill in our community!
3. Buy tickets for the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop!

Entry includes golf, cart, dinner, tee gift, and more

Laguna Ballet Golf Tournament & Ball Drop Registration Page!

Last Years Golf Tournament Below!



Laguna Ballet’s 34th Nutcracker at Saddleback College’s McKinney Theater.


Master Class Series  | Intermediate & Advanced

Register for Clifford Williams Master Class:

2-Day Pop-Up Workshop with Jodie Gates

Link to REGISTER for Pop-Up Intensive

Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Laguna Dance Theatre
23854 Via Fabricante, Mission Viejo 92691

Laguna Dance Festival partners with Laguna Dance Theatre/Laguna Ballet to offer a one time only experience.  This 2-day Pop-Up workshop features ballet class, Forsythe repertory, choreography class and coaching sessions with LDF Founder & Artistic Director Jodie Gates.

Ms. Gates is the Vice Dean of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance where she leads the teaching philosophy of today’s successful “hybrid dancer.”  Former principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Frankfurt Ballet, she is a nationally recognized choreographer and stager of William Forsythe’s ballets.  Surprise guest artist to be announced.

$150 per student

June 22 1:00pm – 5:00 pm
June 23 1:00pm – 6:00 pm

Laguna Dance Theatre is excited to announce Rainer Krenstetter, Principal with Miami City Ballet and Former Principal with StaatsBallet Berlin, Guest Artist in Residence April-June 2018


Rainer Krenstetter began his training at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera, then trained Royal Ballet School in London joining the a corps de ballet member with the Vienna State Opera Ballet in 2000. He joined the Berlin State Ballet in 2002 under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov; becoming a principal dancer in 2013. Since 2014 he has been principal dancer Miami City Ballet.

Rainer won the Prix De Lausanne in 1999, and has been a member of the jury at the International Ballet Competition in Rome and Riga.


Upcoming Events

Laguna Dance Theatre is excited to announce Rainer Krenstetter, Principal with Miami City Ballet and Former Principal with StaatsBallet Berlin, Guest Artist in Residence April-June 2018


Rainer Krenstetter began his training at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera, then trained Royal Ballet School in London joining the a corps de ballet member with the Vienna State Opera Ballet in 2000. He joined the Berlin State Ballet in 2002 under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov; becoming a principal dancer in 2013. Since 2014 he has been principal dancer Miami City Ballet. Rainer won the Prix De Lausanne in 1999, and has been a member of the jury at the International Ballet Competition in Rome and Riga.

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

With Nutcracker just right around the corner, please take note of these upcoming changes, events, and reminders!
* Fall Schedule *
Please view the attachment to see our updated Fall schedule which will begin November 1st.

Revised Fall 2017 Schedule
November brings a few changes to our current class schedule. Miss Sara Silkin will be taking a sabbatical in order to further her training. We wish her well and hope to see her back soon. Mr. Anthony’s Broadway Jazz classes will be moved to Wednesday nights at 7 PM and 8 PM.
If you would like to add a class, please visit our Online Portal or contact the office.
In observance of Thanksgiving
Laguna Dance Theatre will be closed November 23rd and 24th. Rehearsals will resume Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th.
Nutcracker tickets are on sale now!
Order your Nutcracker tickets today in order to secure the best seats available! Tickets can be purchased online through Saddleback’s Box Office by following this link.

Nutcracker 2017 Online Ticket Sales
Sugar Plum Tea
Sugar Plum Tea tickets are selling fast! Purchase your tickets today to attend one of our largest fundraisers. The Sugar Plum Tea takes place on November 26th. We ask that every family please invite friends or family members to attend. It will be a day to remember.

Sugar Plum Tea Info Page
Tickets to the Sugar Plum Tea can be purchased through our online store by following the link above.
Apparel Sales
Nutcracker apparel sales are going on now! Samples and order forms are available in the main lobby. Orders must be pre-paid and turned in to the office by Sunday, October 29th.
See’s Candy Fundraiser


See’s Candy Sales
Our annual See’s Candy fundraiser begins soon! Chocolates are always a big hit around the holidays and make great gifts and stocking stuffers.
Amazon Smile
When shopping on Amazon for the holidays this year, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the sales directly to Laguna Ballet when you sign in using Laguna Ballet’s unique link when making your purchases. Please bookmark this page and always use it when shopping with Amazon. This is an ongoing project, which means no matter when you shop (as long as you go through this link) Laguna Ballet will receive direct donations.

Amazon Smile Laguna Ballet Link
Dine with Baja Fresh
The Baja Fresh store on Alicia Pkwy and Via Fabricante is kind enough to help us raise funds every year. Whenever you dine with them, please put your receipt in the Laguna Ballet box (you may have to ask for it) and they will donate a portion of the total receipts received to Laguna Ballet.

2017 Nutcracker Cast Information Page


Purchase Online Tickets

Cast Information

Please Join the Facebook group page for Urgent and last minute reminders, changes, and updates!

Laguna Ballet Nutcracker Facebook Group


  • Sat. 9/23:        First day of rehearsals (TTD) MANDATORY
  • Wed. 9/23:        Cast photo head shots
  • Mon. 10/2:        Business Ads due
  • Mon. 10/9:        Family ads, love notes, thank you (and money) due
  • Sun.11/ 26:        Sugar Plum Tea (3rd annual fund raiser)
  • Sat. 12/9:        In studio run-through MANDATORY
  • Sun. 12/10:        In studio run-through MANDATORY
  • Tues. 12/12:        Dress rehearsal at Saddleback College MANDATORY
  • Wed. 12/13:        Dress rehearsal at Saddleback College MANDATORY
  • Wed. 12/13:        Cast party RSVP and money DUE
  • Thurs. 12/14:        SHOW I @ 7pm
  • Fri. 12/15:        SHOW II @ 7pm
  • Sat. 12/16:        SHOW III @2 pm
  • Sat. 12/16:        SHOW IV @ 7pm
  • Sun. 12/17:        SHOW V @ 1pm
  • Sun. 12/17:        SHOW VI @ 6pm
  • Sun. 12/17:    CAST PARTY immediately after show @ Flintridge Village Club (Ladera Ranch)


**See’s Candy, Button Sales, Apparel will all be available.  Information and deadlines to order will be out soon.


Important Forms and Documents

Tax ID Donation Letter 2017

SPONSORSHIP levels 2017

script for donation request 2017

Business Ad Form 2017

Thank-you-Ad 2017

Love-Notes-Form 2017

Family Ad Form 2017


Spring 2018 LDT Calendar

January 2018

  • January 4th- LDT Reopens

March 2018

  • March 30th-April 1st-Closed for Good Friday/Easter

May 2018

  • May 28th- Closed for Memorial Day

June 2018

  • June 13th- Spring Showcase Commercial Dress Rehearsal
  • June 14th- Spring Showcase Ballet Dress Rehearsal
  • June 15th- Spring Ballet Showcase
  • June 16th- Spring Commercial Showcase
  • *Studio will remain open through June 30th, schedule subject to change.

July 2018

  • June 30th-July 8th- LDT Closed
  • July 9th-July 27th- 2018 Summer Intensive

Welcome to our Spring Semester at Laguna Dance Theatre!

Laguna Dance Theatre has been serving Orange County since 1985. LDT is a Vaganova ballet theatre with primary focuses on pre-professional training and technique.

We offer a strong classical Ballet training program along with Jazz, Lyrical, Broadway Jazz, Tap, Pilates, Hip Hop and Musical Theater for ages 2 to adult. Care is given to the developing physique of each dancer to forestall injury and maximize progress. Along with strong classical technique, artistry and expression are emphasized throughout the training process.

Class Schedule

2018 Registration Form

Online Registration and Parent Portal


Spring Showcase dates announced!

Summer Intensive

Spring 2018 Calendar

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Amazon Smile

Dear Laguna Ballet Friends and Families,

We are excited to announce an easy new way to support Laguna Ballet!

Through Amazon Smile, .05% of all your purchases made on Amazon can go to Laguna Ballet.

Simply use this link:… to get to and start shopping. Amazon will automatically send your donation to Laguna Ballet.

Please contact the office at (949) 855-4702 if you have any questions.