June 20, 2020

Killian received her early training with Suzanne Stalley-Katsarsky of the San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West Academy. At 14, she concurrently joined the University of Utah Department of Ballet. Under the guidance of Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Attila Ficzere she performed with Ballet West and was a principal with the Utah Ballet. During the summers, Killian con...

June 19, 2020

Samuel Alden Fulk is a professional ballet dancer living in Sacramento.

He is experienced in a wide range of dance styles and methodologies, with a focus on classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance.

Born and raised in California, he grew up performing in dance, musical theatre and dramatic productions, later joining the pre-professional company Santa Cruz Ball...

June 14, 2020

Erika Taylor trained at the Sacramento Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School. She also trained at the Milwaukee Ballet School under Scholarship, in New York during the Summer under Marjorie Mussman from age 13-21, and at STEPS under Scholarship with Peff Modelski, 1978-1987. She has been awarded the Monticello Choreography Scholarship twice....

Darius Grămadă, dancer of the Vienna State Opera: The process of becoming is stained with sweat and sometimes with blood

written by Mihaela Moldoveanu May 14, 2020

"If you want to become a dancer, it won't happen overnight. No matter how easy it seems for a dancer to move on stage, behind it are many years of hard work, sacrifices and a team of people on which this...

COVID19 Update / TCDA-IBF 2020

Over the course of this month and the next, California, presently under "Stay at Home" and travel restrictions orders from Gov. Newsom, will start reopening in several phases. 

The safety of our students, their families and our community as a whole is our priority.

TCDA-IBF will continue to monitor the situation and governmental guidelines...

Abigail, who has been training with TCDA-IBF Director Mr. Theodore Constant for the past four years, has been invited to join the famed Hamburg Ballet School John Neumeier in Germany next August, in 2020.

Abigail has been a role model student and we are very happy for the whole new universe this opportunity will open up for her!

Congratulations to TCDA-IBF alumni Pedro who will be joining the Zurich Dance Academy in Switzerland from September 2020! 

After joining the TCDA-IBF Summer Intensive 2019 from the National Dance Conservatory in Lisbon, Portugal, Pedro was noticed by our guest teacher Mr. Oliver Matz, General Director of the Zurich Dance Academy / Zurich University of the Arts, Sw...

Students and faculty joined TCDA-IBF 2019 from Austria, Portugal, France, Romania, Switzerland, and the United States of America, including the Paris Opera Ballet School, Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy, National Dance Conservatory Lisbon, Zurich Dance Academy, and many more, from over 20 cities across the United States and Europe.  

Thank you to...

With students and faculty arriving from 5 countries and 22 cities from around the world, the TCDA International Ballet Festival will create opportunities for exceptional personal growth, cultural exchanges, friendships, networking, and more!

Oliver Matz  

Mr. Oliver Matz received his ballet training at the State Ballet School Berlin and joined the German State Opera in 1980, serving the company as a Principal Dancer and International Ambassador for 25 years.

Oliver is the recipient of numerous National and International Awards such as the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, and Go...

Mrs. Luz Morante graduated from La Escuela National de Ballet in Lima, Peru as a Professional Ballet Dancer and teacher. She was invited to become a member of Peru’s foremost Classical Ballet Company, Ballet Municipal de Lima. There she performed and worked with famed international dancers, teachers and choreographers, among them the late Fernando Bujones former star...


Leslie has an unusually diverse performing career – spanning classical and contemporary dance companies to Broadway musicals, acting in straight plays, in film and TV projects, singing in cabarets, creating choreography and writing original librettos for short operas.  As a teacher, she uses these different techniques and ways of understanding story-tel...

Jacob Gutiérrez-Montoya is a teacher and internationally awarded choreographer trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Based in Sacramento, Jacob received his education in dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was certified in the Erick Hawkins Technique and later received Lester Horton training while dancing with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theat...

Adal began practicing yoga in 1997 and certified as a Kripalu yoga instructor in 2003. His classes introduce and develop the many foundational yoga practices necessary for advanced yoga practice.

He is dedicated to teaching yoga-students how to apply and receive the greatest benefits from Asana (posture), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and Pratyahara (sense withdrawa...

Heather began her ballet training at the age of five in Lacey, Washington with Virginia Woods.  At the age of 11, Heather was offered a scholarship to train at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School (PNWBS) in Seattle for the summer.  She attended the PNWBS summer program for the next four years and was asked to stay for the year round program on scholarship at age 15....

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