by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951).
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 human anatomy into consideration. Each element of classical ballet is studied in great detail through carefully structured lessons. The elements are then made more advanced as the students progress.
The method is technically difficult to master. It requires a serious, committed, and patient mind that is willing to learn all the nuances of classical ballet. Such as port de bras, light ballon in allegro, clean adagio lines, impeccable musicality in complex and varied tempos, and consistent dedication. The Vaganova method is a slower yet focused system that works towards shaping a longer, leaner physique that results in a more refined and polished dancer.
WHY THE VAGANOVA METHOD
Melbourne Academy of the Arts system of training is in the Russian Vaganova Method. Across the world the Vaganova Method is acknowledged as the number one system of training for classical ballet
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.
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