Senior & Junior Ballet Intensive

July 11-29th 2022

Junior Intensive
Level 1/2 (M/W 9:00-12:00) (ages 6-10)
1 Week: $200
2 Weeks: $300
3 Weeks: $350

Early Registration Special 3 weeks $325 (IF PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 15th Only) Otherwise, the total amount is due on the 1st day of class! No Exceptions!
● Daily Rate: $100/ day/- $40 / class
● Taught by LDT staff/ Offering: Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Jazz

Level 3 (M/W/F 9:00-12:00)
1 Week: $315
2 Weeks: $500
3 Weeks: $650

Early Registration Special 3 weeks $600 (IF PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 15th Only) Otherwise, the total amount is due on the 1st day of class! No Exceptions!
● Daily Rate: $125/ day/ $50/ class
● Taught by LDT staff
● Offering: Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Jazz, Character

Senior Intensive

Level 4 (M-Fri 12:00-5:00)
1 week: $600
2 weeks: $750
3 weeks: $900

Early Registration Special 3 weeks $800 (IF PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 15th Only) Otherwise, the total amount is due on the 1st day of class! No Exceptions!
● Daily Rate: $150/ day/ $60/ class
● Taught by LDT staff
● Offering: Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Jazz, Character, Dance History

Levels 5-7 (Monday-Friday 12:00-5:00)
1 week: $850.00
2 weeks: $1150.00
3 weeks: $1,500.00

Early Registration Special 3 weeks $1350 (IF PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 15th Only) Otherwise, the total amount is due on the 1st day of class! No Exceptions!
Daily Rate: $250/ day/ $75 / class
(Taught by GUEST FACULTY- Offering: Ballet Technique,Dance History, Pointe, Pas de deux, Variations, Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates, Yoga),

Junior division: Lauren Richter, Chloe Koutroulis, Katherine Thomas
Senior Division: Rainer Krenstetter, Mate Szentes, Lauren Richter, Cara Hansvick, Thel Moore

ALL Summer Intensive Tuition must be paid IN-FULL on the 1st day of class July 11th

Guest Faculty:

Rainer Krenstetter: Miami City Ballet- Rainer was born into a dance family in Vienna where he began his ballet training at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. In 1999, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and continued his training there until 2000 when he became a corps de ballet member with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2002, he joined the Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov and went through the ranks up to Principal dancer in 2013. He joined Miami City Ballet as a Principal dancer in November 2014. 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. Throughout his prolific career, Krenstetter has danced principal and leading roles in most ballets in the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Onegin, Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Cinderella and La Bayadere. Additionally, he has danced in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Vladimir Malakhov, Kenneth MacMillan, Auguste Bournonville, Michel Fokine, Alexei Ratmansky, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Hans van Manen, Uwe Scholz, Clarke Tippet, Jirí Kylián and William Forsythe among others. Krenstetter has also performed as a guest artist in various companies and galas internationally in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia; been a member of the jury at the International Ballet Competition in Rome and Riga; and guest taught at several dance workshops in many countries. Rainer received the 2016 Miami Life Award for “Best Classical Dancer.”

Mate Szentes–  Originally from Budapest, Hungary and began his training at the age of six. He studied at the Hungarian Dance Academy while attending summer programs at North Carolina Dance Theater in Charlotte, NC on full scholarships. Upon graduation he joined the Hungarian National Ballet where he danced for 3 years performing corps de ballet and soloist roles in the company’s many classical and contemporary productions. In 2012 he moved to California and joined the Sacramento Ballet as a company artist and continued expanding his repertoire. Mr. Szentes relocated to the east coast in 2015 to join the Richmond Ballet where he danced principal and soloist roles in the company’s very versatile repertoire. Besides dancing classical ballet’s most famous roles he had the opportunity to dance many of George Balanchine’s works and worked with world renowned choreographers such as Ma Cong, Val Caniparoli, Mariana Oliveira, Melissa Barak, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa among many others. He’s also a permanent guest principal dancer with American Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Project OC and Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet and has been one of few dancers selected to participate at the very prestigious National Choreographers Initiative in 2016 and 2018. Since 2016 he has also been choreographing and had his original works showcased in Virginia, California and New Mexico.

Thel Moore III: born and raised in Baltimore MD and started formal ballet training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Thel moved to Connecticut at the age of 15 to finish training at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory. While training Thel had the pleasure to learn from ballet legends Eleanor D’Antuono and Kirk Peterson as well as Victoria Mazzarelli who worked with William Forsythe in Frankfurt Ballet. Thel was invited to perform at the Inside/Out theater at Jacob’s Pillow where he performed a mixed rep. Upon graduating he took his first job with the second company at Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. After one season hemoved to Richmond VA and joined the Richmond Ballet, where he spent 5 seasons with the company. Thel has had the pleasure to work with many incredible choreographers and artists such as Patricia McBride, Desmond Richardson, Ma Cong, and Val Caniparoli. As well as performing in works such as “Who Cares?” “Theme and Variations” “Carmina Burana” and many story ballets and performing the second pas de deux in Jerome Robbins’ “In The Night”. Thel always knew he had a passion teach. He has taught at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory summer intensive and various schools in Virginia

Cara Hansvick– Cara grew up dancing at a studio outside of Chicago, called Dance Center Evanston. She was then accepted into Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with the Deans Scholarship. While there, she trained under Michael Vernon and Violette Verdy. She quickly moved up to performing soloist and principal roles by her sophomore year, and graduated after only three years with a B.S. in Ballet Performance and Arts Management. She attended Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship two summers in a row and upon graduation was chosen by Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia Mcbride to join Charlotte Ballet where she danced for two seasons. After that, she moved to Los Angeles where she was a principal dancer with the American Contemporary Ballet for 5 years. She started dancing with Ballet Project Orange County during the pandemic and recently joined full time as a company dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Some of her performance highlights include principal roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Who Cares, Elegie, Raymonda Variations, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker, Merce Cunningham’s Duets, Dwight Rhoden’s The Groove, and Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegie. Additionally she is a certified Classical Pilates and Gyrotonic Instructor.

Jelena-Ana Stupar: Born in Belgrade (Serbia). Trained at the State Ballet School “Lujo Davico” in Belgrade and at the Hamburg Ballet School John Neumeier. 2002 – 2009 Soloist at the Mecklenburg State Theater in Schwerin. Since 2009 she has been a soloist with the Dortmund Ballet, where she has danced leading women roles in numerous productions. For the interpretation of Ophelia in Xin Peng Wang’s h.a.m.l.e.t. she was named the best young dancer by the specialist magazine Theater Pur. In addition to performing extensively as a soloist in Xin Peng Wang’s ballets, she has worked with many leading choreographers, including Douglas Lee, John Neumeier, Jiří Bubeníček, Christian Spuck, Cayetano Soto, Mauro Bigonzetti, Benjamin Millepied, Alexander Ekman and many more. Jelena-Ana Stupar Moody also danced ballets by William Forsythe and George Balanchine. Tours have taken her to the Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden and numerous places in Germany. In 2019 she was honored with the “Belgrade Waterfront” for “outstanding successes in the field of dance in Germany and the world”, an award in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia. In the same year she taught a master class at Laguna Dance Center in Orange County, California/USA. In 2015 she obtained a diploma in dance pedagogy from Ursula Borrmann, based on the famous Vaganowa method.

Sheri Giller– A native of Southern California, Ms. Giller began her ballet training in the residence of Marie Hite in La Habra, Ca. where she trained intensively in the Vaganova method. In 1991 she joined Ballet Pacifica in Laguna Beach and Irvine, Ca. as a company dancer under the directorship of Molly Lynch. She continued to dance and teach for the company and its adjacent school until 2003. Throughout her dancing career she had the privilege of working with many well known ballet masters and choreographers. Her performance credits include many of the classical ballets as well as works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and many more contemporary works by both well established and emerging choreographers. Many of the works she performed throughout her career were created on her and she was notably recognized for her precise footwork, musicality, and the fluidity and power of her movement style. With a teaching career that has spanned over 30 years, Ms.Giller continues to enhance her teaching skills through education, careful study, and drawing on her own dancing experience with a strong focus on the mentoring and encouragement of each student as an individual. Her knowledge and instruction of classical ballet technique includes the instruction of all ages, levels and abilities. She has held the positions of Co-Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress of both Tucson Regional Ballet in Arizona and Piedmont Ballet Theatre in North Carolina respectively. Many of her students have been accepted to and attended such summer intensive programs and year-round schools as Juilliard, Harid Conservatory, LINES, Ballet West, Bolshoi Academy, SAB, Ballet Austin, Houston Ballet, SFB, Boston Conservatory, Ailey School, Ballet Met, Joffrey Ballet School, and ABT. Many of those students have continued on to achieve professional dancing careers with their adjacent companies. In 2013 Ms.Giller completed her 300 hour Dayton Hot Yoga certification and most recently gained her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique, both of which she uses to enhance her student’s learning experience. As a dance educator she is committed to providing high caliber ballet training for all students regardless of their future goals, and a motivating environment that promotes dance’s unique ability to increase each person’s self assurance through discipline, perseverance, physical awareness, creativity, and the joy of movement.

Lauren Richter: Lauren Richter began her ballet training in 1996 in Orange County. In 2006, she moved to New York City to continue her training at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and worked privately with Prima Ballerina Assouluta Eva Evdokimova. During this time, Lauren was awarded a scholarship through Youth American Grand Prix to continue her studies in Monte-Carlo at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance under the direction of Marika Besobrasova. After spending two years there, Lauren received her first professional contract with the Prague State Opera Ballet in the Czech Republic and then went on to dance with the Bucharest National Ballet in Romania. Lauren has competed in several competitions both nationally and internationally including LA Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Stars of Tomorrow, Youth American Grand Prix, and Prague International Ballet Competition. During her professional career, Lauren’s repertoire included roles in such classics as Giselle, La Bayadere, La Corsaire, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Lauren is certified in levels 1-8 through the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Training Program. She is also a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, the official world-wide organization for dance. In addition to ballet, Lauren is a certified Pilates instructor with a dance specialization through BASI Pilates. Lauren has taught in several schools throughout Orange County as well as in some of the orphanages in Romania. 

Linda-Joy “LJ” Tashiro Nafarrete: a founding member of the OC renowned Backhausdance Company, established in 2003, received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance while on scholarship at Chapman University. During her tenure at Chapman, she specialized in Dance performance and received several awards, including, Freshmen of the Year, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Performance. Prior to Chapman University, Ms. Tashiro Nafarrete, attended the Orange County High School of Arts and graduated from their Commercial Dance Department. Additionally, she studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City on scholarship. She has extensive training in Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Dunham (Afro-Caribbean) dance techniques and holds a certification in Pilates from Body Arts and Science International. In addition to concert performances, she has danced in a variety of modern media, including music and fitness videos and live television. Ms. LJ has taught in various seminars and master classes and continues to teach and Choreograph through out Southern California. As an award winning choreographer, she has a gift of creating moving pieces that are authentically molded for each dancer and group. Ms. LJ finds great fulfillment in sharing her love of dance with her students. Her classes focus on experimenting with center of gravity, individual expression and creativity. In addition, she stresses the importance of use of space as well as inner awareness and confidence. She is extremely detailed in her approach of guiding her students in attaining proper alignment and technique. Her passionate goal is to uniquely challenge each student so they can achieve far beyond their personal expectations. 

Chloe Koutroulis– Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Stretch and Strength. Chloe started dancing as soon as she could walk. She started as a commercial dancer. At age 12 she discovered her passion for classical ballet under the guidance and mentorship of Lauren Richter. She embraced the Vaganova ballet technique and attended summer intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. During her training, she was selected on scholarship as an ambassador to the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) in Moscow, Russia. At the completion of her program she was invited to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy year round program in Moscow trained by Olga Dozortseva, Natalya Revich, Nika Sergeeva and other staff. Chloe continued broadening her training studying various techniques at the Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Brussels International Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Colorado Ballet and State Street Ballet.  Chloe has performed principal and soloist roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Paquita, Grad Ball and various neo-classical and contemporary works. Chloe received awards from Youth American Grand Prix as a dancer and choreographer. She choreographed an excerpt for the Colorado Philharmonic Symphony’s performance of Rodeo and has created various contemporary and jazz pieces for Colorado Ballet’s Saturday Soirees. Chloe has taught dance at various studios in Orange County emphasizing artistry and technicality. Chloe enjoys teaching, choreographing, and inspiring artists! She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love for the beautiful art form of dance!

Rachel Soltesz– Rachel Soltesz started dancing at the young age of two years old and fell in love with ballet and contemporary. Throughout her training, Rachel attended summer intensive programs at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Marat Daukayev Ballet School, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Ellison Ballet in New York City, as well as the Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, Dresden Ballet School, and the International Ballet Masterclasses of Prague where she trained with some of the world’s most renowned ballet instructors. She was offered to attend the year round professional school program at the Taneční Konservatoř Hlavnhío Města Prahy (Prague State Ballet School) but chose to finish her training at Richter Academy of Classical Dance under the direction of Lauren Richter Henry. In September of 2018, Rachel went to Posadas, Argentina to train with the company, Ballet Centro Del Conocimiento, and work alongside Mrs. Lauren to set Richter Academy’s full length rendition of the Nutcracker. Once graduating high school, Rachel continued teaching many styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, jazz, world dance, and improvisation. She has choreographed contemporary solos for herself and other students to perform at numerous dance competitions over the past six years. In 2017 and 2021, her choreographed solos were performed in the Finals for the Youth America Grand Prix competition. Since then, many of her choreographed contemporary solos have received recognition in the top twelve at YAGP, California Dance Classics, Intrigue Competition, Rainbow Competition, and KAR Competition. Rachel looks forward to joining the LDT Summer Intensive Faculty and sharing her knowledge with the next generation of young dancers.


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.

Previous Summer Guest Faculty Includes:

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.

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