Southern California Workshop
Enrollment is now open for our 4-Day In-Person Training Event, December 27th-30th. This event will not only provide exceptional male-focused training, it will also be an exceptional opportunity for dancers to get a leg up on the upcoming audition season, supplying them with the tools they will need and the ability to feel confident that they are putting their best foot forward.
The 4-day workshop, designed for male-identifying dancers aged 9-22, will consist of an assortment of classes including Ballet technique, Variations, Pas De Deux, Jumps and Turns, Contemporary, Character, Conditioning, and more. With all classes having an emphasis on the masculine essence in ballet. The training aims to train dancers in movements that are necessary for potential roles in ballet and other choreography, as well as equip dancers with exercises that will allow them to hone in on their skills--continuing beyond the four days.
Our mission at The Male Dance Connection is to create an environment where young men can come together to engage, learn, and grow--both virtually and in-person. By giving these dancers the opportunity to bond and share their experiences, we have the joy of being able to add to their support system and encourage even further, through the smooth and the rough times that come with being a student.
This event will be hosted at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Laguna Hills, California.
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TMDC Winter Training Event Staff
Bryce Lee is originally from Missouri and grew up in Orange County, California. He began dancing at 12 years old at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, and is currently a Demi-soloist with Colorado Ballet. He has trained at some of the most prestigious programs in the nation including ABT, Colorado Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and School of American Ballet. Bryce has been teaching for over 10 years and has students who have moved onto School Of American Ballet, Point Park University, Colorado Ballet Pre-Pro Program, and others dancing professionally around the world. He is the Artistic Director of The Male Dance Connection and co-founded it in 2023 after seeing a need for male dancers to get essential training they may not be able to find locally.
Justin Padilla relocated with his family to California in 2019 from Columbus, Ohio where he started dancing at the age of 9 at Infusion Dance under the direction of Shane Carpenter where his dream of dancing started its course. When he arrived in California in 2019 he trained at Westside Dance Project (Contemporary) under the direction of Jessie Riley, Megan Guise & Krystal Matsuyama-Tsai and Ballet at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy under direction of Dmitri and Jennifer Kulev. In 2022 at YAGP Finals, he obtained a Full Scholarship to attend the John Cranko Schule of Ballet in Germany, where he is currently training. He is currently in his 2nd year at JCS and was awarded another Scholarship from JCS to continue his training and has been promoted to Academy B for the year 2023 – 2024. For the Summer of 2023, he attended the Ballet BC Summer Intensive in Vancouver Canada. Justin has and continues to choregraph Contemporary Solos for several students at WDP and DKCBA. He has received awards including the Youth Grand Prix, NYCDA outstanding dancer, Laguna Dance Festival Young Artist Scholarship Recipient, and merit winner at Music Center Spotlight.
Alina Krasovskaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 10 was joined the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy. In 2013 was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet Company. In 2016 was promoted to the rank of Character dance soloist. She performed Classical repertoire along with famous solo character dances such as Mercedes and Gypsy Dance from «Don Quixote», Hungarian and Spanish dances from «Swan Lake», and Indian dance from «La Bayadere» among others. While working in the theater was involved in many performances, productions, and festivals, and worked with different modern choreographers. In 2020 she received a master’s degree as a choreographer at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. The same year Alina participated in «The Workshop of Young Choreographers» part of the “Mariinsky” festival. Has toured with the troupe in the USA, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Brazil, etc. In 2022 moved to the USA, where created many authentic projects as a choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher. In May 2023, staged the divertissement from "La Bayadere” and performed as Gamzati for Orange County Ballet Theatre. The same year Alina collaborated with Composers to present the projects «Lost Letters of Love» and «CONTINUUM Ballet Gala».
Ryan Lenkey is originally from Wheeling WV, and began his dance training at Oglebay Institute. He went on to train at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and Next Generation Ballet, attending summer programs at Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Manhattan Youth Ballet, The Rock School for Dance, and The School of American Ballet. He was a trainee with Boston Ballet and Ballet West before joining Ballet West II, where he danced for two seasons. Ryan is currently a company dancer with State Street Ballet. Ryan is Associate Director of The Male Dance Connection and recognizes the many life lessons and character building traits taught through the art of ballet. He is passionate about helping to develop the love of dance as well as the necessary motor skills required for boys and men in dance.
Tate Lee began his training in California at the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. As a student, he competed at YAGP was selected numerous times to perform at Lincoln Center for the final rounds. In 2016, he was the only male selected to represent the USA at Prix de Lausanne. Additionally, he was named School of American Ballet’s Jerome Robbins Award Recipient and received Honorable Mention for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. After completing his early training, Tate began his professional career with Colorado Ballet in 2017 before returning to Southern California to dance with Los Angeles Ballet. Currently, Tate is balancing his artistic endeavors and using the lessons of hard work and self discipline that he learned as a dancer to shift from professional ballet to academic pursuits as a full-time student majoring in biology with a desire to pursue a career in healthcare.