Generally considered the universal standard of excellence in ballet.
In the early 1900's, Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova developed a ballet teaching method built on
the traditions of the Russian school. The technique results in more lyrical upper body movements and
increased strength, precision, and agility. In short, the Vaganova style aims at teaching pupils to dance
with their whole body, acquire harmonious movements, and widen their expressive range. The result is
more graceful and powerful performances. Madame Vaganova taught the method in St. Petersburg,
Russia, at the Kirov Theatre school, which now bears her name. The style is sometimes referred to as
Kirov training. The Vaganova Method is practiced throughout the world in leading ballet institutions,
such as the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Swedish Ballet, and London's Royal Ballet.
Vaganova-trained legends: Pavlova, Nureyev, Baryshnikov. Stevan Grebel trained with Pushkin, in St.
Petersburg, as well, and continues to pass on this legacy to his teachers and students.
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