The Vaganova method

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The Vaganova method is recognized as one of the best methods for ballet, and is spread throughout a big part of the world. The core of the origin is situated in St. Petersbourg at the Vaganova academy, founded in 1738. The academic method was developed by Agrippina Vaganova. She was teaching at the academy from 1921 and died in 1951. She used her knowledge based on former pedagogues at the school such as Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Christian Johansson, Enrico Cecchetti, Mikhail Fokine, Nikolai Legat and mange andre. From the Vaganova Academy the method spread to Moscow and the Bolshoi academy, to other parts of the Sovjet Union and other parts of the world. The Vaganova academy has educated some of the biggest ballet legends like Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Matilda Kshesinska, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Galina Ulanova, Marina Semenova, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Farukh Ruzimatov, Uliana Lopatkina, Svetlana Zakharova. Mariinsky theater in St. Peterbourg and the Bolshoi theater in Moscow are the head seats of staging ballet performances of the highest quality within ballet today.

“One does not need to be a classical ballet connoisseur to see that all Vaganova Ballet Academy graduates, from core dancers to ballerinas, have similar performance manner: the same style, the same pattern of dance, which manifests itself in harmonious fluidity and expressiveness of the arms, in the responsive flexibility of the body combined with the reliable aplomb and stability of the core, in the noble and natural head position—these are all features of   “Vaganova schooling.” 

Natalia Dudinskaya

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