Classical Ballet Academy training is based on the Vaganova method, a method of classical ballet instruction that was developed by Agrippina Vaganova.
Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) was the greatest Russian ballet teacher of her day. A graduate of the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet School, she studied under Ivanov, Vazem, Gerdt, Legat, and others. She graduated in 1897 and danced with the Imperial Russian Ballet. She retired from dancing in 1916, and returned to the school, then known as the Leningrad State Ballet School, in 1921 and began developing the instructional system that later became known to the world as the Vaganova System. In 1934, Agrippina Vaganova became head of the Leningrad Choreographic Technicum and published her textbook, Foundations of Classical Ballet, in 1948. To honor Ms. Vaganova and recognize her achievements, the school was renamed the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1957.
Many of the most respected ballet dancers of all time were trained in the Vaganova method – Anna Pavlova, Natalia Makarova, Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Barishnikov, and George Balanchine. The Vaganova method is known for its precision, grace, and fluidity. The method minimizes dancer injuries by stressing proper placement and alignment.