HISTORY OF THE METHOD

The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). It is acknowledged all over the world as the foremost training syllabus of the classical ballet.

The method, developed in Russia over the course of 300 years and was derived from the teachings of the Premier Maitre de Ballet, Marius Petipa, throughout the late 19th century.

The method embodies the classicism of the Russian Imperial Ballet (now known as the Kirov or Mariinsky Ballet) and is designed and based on the ability to execute and perform all classical repetoire in 19th Century ballets such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle etc.

AIMS OF THE METHOD

Its goal is the creation of classical ballet dancers who are instruments of artistic and creative perfection. The Vaganova method provides students with a structured, scientific and methodological approach to dance which takes the human anatomy into consideration. Each step and element of classical ballet is studied in great detail and through carefully structured lessons and progressions these elements are made more advanced as the students progresses.

This method is technically difficult to master and requires a serious, committed & patient mind who is willing to learn all the nuances of classical ballet such as port de bras, light ballon in their allegro, clean adagio lines, impeccable musicality in more complex & varied tempos and consistent dedication to a more slower yet focused system that will definitely shape a longer, leaner physique and leave you with a  more finished and polished dancer.

WHY THE VAGANOVA METHOD

The Vaganova method that has created some of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, choreographers, and teachers: Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Rudolph Nureyev, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Natalia Osipova, Uliana Lopatkina, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Ratmansky, and so many more!

It is believed that by using such a proven method in creating professional dancers, the foundation is solid and can allow the adding of different “styles” as a dancer matures and has already created the necessary building block of beautiful, safe, correct technique. A solid technical foundation is the pathway of any great dancer.

The Academy prides itself on providing our students with the best professional ballet training available by offering a systematic and consecutive method of instruction.