Classical Ballet Theatre received a recognition from the State of California
Director and Founder of Classical Ballet Theatre, Kotomi Matsuda, and her students received a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California Senate for their performance of Sleeping Beauty on May 18, 2014 at Norris Center of the Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates, California.
Kotomi is honored to receive such encouraging words and support from California Senator, Ted Liu. This recognition has motivated her to continue on teaching with discipline, creating positive learning experiences for children and developing the hidden talents of all students. She says: "Everybody has the potential to become a star! My passion is to see every single student discover their talents and gain high self-esteem as they dance the music. Classical ballet is an exciting fine art education and gives dancers the important life tools to respect others, love and challenge yourself, and achieve amazing dreams."
Kotomi is a graduate of California State University of Long Beach with a B.A. in Fine Arts and a minor in dance. She was also trained by Russian Vaganova Academy Masters and toured in New York and Europe.
Kotomi's passion for dance, appreciation for cultures and discipline were highly recognized by Mansur Kamaletdinov - former Acting Artistic Director, Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. She was selected to receive significant hands on training directly from Mansur and became one of his best pupils. Through Mansur, Kotomi continues the direct line from the original choreographers of ballet and carries his methods and classical ballet tradition into the next century.