The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet Documentary [Video]

The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet Documentary [Video]

Agrippina Vaganova, Dancer and teacher

Agrippina Vaganova, Dancer and teacher

The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet Documentary

Considered one of the top ballet schools in the world…

… the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg , for the last 270 years, ballet dancers have perfected their art here.

To these children dancing is their life. They train for several hours a day on top of their regular school work.

Fifty years ago, the famous dancer and teacher, Agrippina Vaganova created a system still used today. It helps them achieve total command of their bodies with perfect harmony.

Classic ballet is still taught in single sex classes. This is because male and female roles differ greatly. Most of the teachers here, have been famous dancers themselves, and like their pupils, from the age of ten, she lived and studied in this old and beautiful academy building.

The Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg

More than 30 foreign students study at the Academy. An American student, Allan Alberto is from Miami and has been at the Ballet Academy for four months.

This behind-the-scenes documentary follows Allan and other foreign students as they go through their grueling daily training and rehearsals for the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet Documentary

Thanks to TheLapinDoux channel for uploading to YouTube.

The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet Documentary

I hope you enjoyed this short yet insightful documentary for Thursday at The Theater here at Classical Ballet News. Please share this great video by liking and sharing below. If you enjoyed this video, here are a few links with further information on The Vaganova Academy and its founder, Agrippina.

Agrippina Vaganova´s grave

Agrippina Vaganova´s grave

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