Vaganova Ballet Academy
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. 

Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden

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

The new Teacher-retraining Course program for foreign persons

Vaganova Ballet Academy is pleased to announce the new Teacher-retraining Course program for Spring and Autumn Semesters 2019.

Teacher-retraining Course includes: 

1. Visual practice and classes observation - daily

2. Presence at lectures on Methods of classical dance teaching (two-three lectures a week in Russian language, translation available at additional cost) 

3. Consulting with pedagogues of Vaganova Ballet Academy (2 - 3 academic hours weekly)

4. Presence at rehearsals of Vaganova Ballet Academy repertoire

5. Visual practice at Character dance, History dance and Pas-de-deux lessons

6. Practical course (twice a week in a separate group with Vaganova Ballet Academy teachers)

6. Testing in the end of the Course 


Match 1-31, 2019, Junior classes

April 1-30, 2019, Middle classes

May 10 – June 11, 2019, Junior and Middle classes (almost full)

Sept. 10 – Oct. 10, 2019, Junior classes (almost full)

October 1-30, 2019, Middle classes

November 1-30, 2019, Middle classes, Variations

Number of participants is limited to 5 teachers in one Course.

For more information please follow the link.

Two foreign students received diplomas on the completion of the postgraduate education at VBA

This year, the first six students have completed their postgraduate education at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Two foreign students are among them: Fethon Miozzi (Italy) and Sakamoto de Miasnikov Fatima Mayumi Tolenaida (Dominican Republic).

On November 20 they received diplomas on the completion of the postgraduate education program 50.06.01 Study of Art (Theory and history of art).

F.Miozzi, I.Irkhen, F.Sakamoto de Miasnikov
Fethon Miozzi and Mayumi Sakamoto de Miasnikov with Irina Irkhen, chief of the Postgraduate education department.

N.Tsiskaridze and F.Miozzi

N.Tsiskaridze and F.Sakamoto de Miasnikov

Photos by Andrew Lushpa.

Winners of the VIII International Vaganova-PRIX competition are announced

The final II round of the VIII Vaganova-PRIX International Ballet Competition was held on October 18 in the Hermitage Theater. Below is a list of the winners.

Mikhail Barkidjija (Russia)

Junior group – Boys
1 prize - Mikhail Barkidjija
2 prize - Junsu Lee (Republic of Korea)
3 prize -  Yan Begishev (Russia)

Junior group – Girls
1 prize - Seyeon Min (Republic of Korea)
2 prize - Yulia Bondareva (Russia)
3 prize - Lizi Avsadjanishvilli (Georgia)

Senior group – Boys
1 prize – Marko Juusela (Finland)
2 prize –  Danila Khamzin (Russia)
3 prize – Alexei Khamzin (Russia)

Senior group – Girls
1 prize – Anastasia Smirnova (Russia) and Alexandra Khiteeva (Russia)
2 prize – Aviva-Gelfer Mundl (USA)
3 prize – Anastasia Gorbatcheva (Russia)

Special prize of Natalia Dudinskaya and Konstantin Sergeev:
Seyeon Min

Special prize from the company Grishko:
Maria Malinina

Audience Choice Prize:
Aaron Osawa-Horowitz (USA) and Yulia Bondareva (Russia)

1-year Internship in Vaganova Ballet Academy:
Marats Sultanovs (Latvia) and Joana Senra (Portugal)

The chois of the jury of the Prix de Lausanne Pre-Selection:
Vladislav Khodasevich (Belarus),
Marats Sultanovs (Latvia),
Joana Senra (Portugal).

The first round of the Vaganova-PRIX competition is finished

The first round of the Vaganova-PRIX is finished at the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

There is a list of participants who passed in the II round of the competition.

The jury
The Vaganova-PRIX jury.

The jury
The Vaganova-PRIX jury.

Vladlen Semionov
Vladlen Semionov is giving a class for boys in the I round of Vaganova-PRIX.

girls of junior group duiring the I round
The I round of Vaganova=PRIX. Girls of Junior group.

Marina Vasilieva is giving a class for girls in the I round of competition
Marina Vasilieva is giving a class for girls in the I round of competition.

Photos by Andrei Lushpa.