Vaganova Ballet Academy
Registration to the Conference 'Hommage à Petipa' is opened

Vaganova Ballet Academy announces the start of participants registration to the VI International Historical and Theoretical Conference ‘Hommage à Petipa’, dedicated to the great ballet master’s birthday The conference will be held at the Academy on March 11-12, 2020.

The conference can be attended by researchers, theorists and practitioners of choreographic art, teachers, postgraduate students, specialists in related scientific and creative fields.

Additional information is available on the conference page.

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Two students of Vaganova Ballet Academy will take part in the Prix de Lausanne 2020

Two students of Vaganova Ballet Academy – Lizi Avsajanishvili (teacher - Ludmila Kovalyova) and Vladislav Hodasevich (teacher – Aleksey Ilyin) will take part in the International ballet competition Prix de Lausanne.

The 48th edition of the world-renowned international ballet competition Prix de Lausanne will be held in February 2-9 in Montreux, Switzerland. 84 selected dancers (51 girls and 33 boys) will take part in the Prix de Lausanne 2020.

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Official Master classes of Vaganova Ballet Academy – 2020

Vaganova Ballet Academy is pleased to announce the start of registration for official and authorized Master classes that have been scheduled to take place during the summer break – 2020 in Italy.

Vaganova Academy Official International Summer Intensive 2020 in La Spezia, Italy

July 7-15, 2020

By audition only.

Information and application form:

Registrations close on May 31, 2020

Organizer: Accademia La Maison de la Danse (LMD)
Via Fontevivo 21/N - 19125 La Spezia – ITALY
Phone: +39349 465 63 92 (Emmanuelle Ricco, Director)
Phone: +4179 249 37 64 (Lucia Longhi, Coordinator)

Happy New Year!

Happy New 2020 Year!

Exchange between the Vaganova Ballet Academy and John Cranko Schule

Teachers of the VaganovaBalletAcademy will participate in exchange program with John Cranko Schule (Stuttgart, Germany) within the framework of the International cultural project ‘Russian seasons’ in Germany from 8 to11 October, 2019.

Classical Dance Master Classes at the John Cranko Schule will be held by Professor of the Academy Marina Vasilieva.

Also in Stuttgart will take place lectures and discussions on the methods of teaching classical and modern dance, which will be attended by the teacher of the Academy Anastasia Breit.

John Cranko Schule is a partner of the Academy. Its students participated in Gala Concerts dedicated to the 280th Anniversary of the VaganovaBalletAcademy in Moscow in June, 2018. The Director of John Cranko Schule Tadeusz Matacz participated in Jury of the Competition ‘Vaganova-PRIX’ in St. Petersburg.

Exchange between the Vaganova Ballet Academy and Palucca University of Dance

Teachers and students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy will be guests of Palucca University of Dance (Dresden, Germany) within the framework of the International cultural project "Russian seasons" in Germany from 5 to 11 October, 2019. 

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Agrippina Vaganova, as a teacher of the Leningrad school of ballet, in 1934 developed clearly defined and highly detailed teaching method and repertoire. The former Imperial School of Ballet now bears her name and this method is taught world-wide and forms the basis of many ballet training Institutions. As Vaganova said, she wrote a guide based upon her teachings, but that it is also to be adapted and evolved in the hands of Teachers, over time.  

Grete Palucca founded her school of dance in Germany in 1925. She taught a "new artistic dance", each individual is encouraged to find their own voice through dance. Now the only independent Dance University in Germany is named after Palucca, and its curriculum is now based upon the commonalities between ballet (including Vaganova method), contemporary and improvisation.

How is the Vaganova Method evolving and what are the priorities of the Vaganova Academy today?  How is the work to “break down the barriers” between ballet, contemporary and improvisation at Palucca evolving?  How are such approaches complimentary and what influence can they have on each other?

These are the themes of the Exchange and it will be explored through both Practical dance classes and Theoretical Discussions over the course of the week.

During the week, there will be ballet, classical variations, contemporary and improvisation classes with students from both the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Palucca University of Dance participating, taught by Teachers from both Institutions, including Principal of the Vaganova Ballet Academy Nikolai Tsiskaridze on October, 7th.

Round Table Discussions for the Pedagogical Teams will take place and a Class Concert Performance will round out the week. On the 10th of October students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy will show a Suite from the ballet "Fairy Doll", a Classic Pas de deux choreographed by Fethon Miozzi and a Dance of shells from the Scene " Sea-Bottom Kingdom"of the ballet "The Little Humpbacked Horse".

Exchanges between the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Palucca University of Dance Dresden have a long-established history, going back to many Summer Schools in Dresden in the DDR times with reciprocate visits of Palucca and students from Dresden going to Saint Petersburg and we are very looking forward to reviving this tradition through this new activity.

The visit of teachers and students to Germany will be supported by the Ministry of culture of Russia in honor of the Centenary of the "Russian seasons".

Nikolai Tsiskaridze awarded with the Order of Friendship

On May 23, 2019 the President of the Russian Federation awarded Nikolai Tsiskaridze, the Principal of the Vaganova Ballet Academy with state award - the Order of Friendship. The award ceremony was conducted in the Catherine's Hall of the Kremlin. 

The Order of Friendship established by an Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation of March 2, 1994.

The Order of Friendship is awarded to citizens for outstanding contributions to strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations and peoples, for exceptional achievements in Russia's economic and scientific potential development, for the most productive activities promoting rapprochement and mutual enrichment of cultures of various nationalities and races, for fostering peace and friendly relations among countries.

Vaganova Ballet Academy on tour in Japan

The students of Vaganova Ballet Academy came for the tour to Japan. Future stars of Russian ballet brought three performances. One of them is world famous Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.

Russian ballet is very popular in Japan. Vaganova Ballet Academy is well known there as the best school for ballet artists. Hundreds of thousands of people in Japan take choreography classes, and studying in the Academy remains an unattainable dream for them.

The Rector of the Academy Nikolay Tsiskaridze has been to Tokyo many times before. His first visit here happened when he was learning the basis of classical dance. According to him, no other country in the world knows and appreciates ballet so much.

First performances will take place in Tokyo, and three days after, young artists will continue their tour around the country for almost three weeks. They will visit Utsunomiya, Fukuoka, Kobe, Osaka, Sendai and Iwate. Even Mariinsky Theatre's recent tour was not that large.

Source: RTR Japan, January 20, 2019.

Our congratulations

Our congratulations

Audition for Vaganova International Trainee Program for 2019-2020 Academic year

Starting from December 1, 2018, Vaganova Ballet Academy announces audition for 10-month Vaganova International Trainee Program (VITP) for
2019-2020 Academic year.

For audition and program information please visit the next page or write to or

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