About the Vaganova Syllabus
Alabama Youth Ballet's Professional Division classes follow the eight levels of the internationally
renowned Vaganova Training Syllabus, a notated and progressive training program that has
produced some of the best dancers in the world, including Anna Pavlova, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail
Baryshnikov, the legendary choreographer George Balanchine, and professional dancers in almost
every company in the world.
Originally developed by Mme. Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova over one hundred years ago, this
method fused the romantic style of the French ballet and dramatic soulfulness of the Russian
character with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school to reform the old imperial
style of ballet teaching.
Early training focuses on epaulement, or the stylized turning of the shoulders and body, which is
partnered with the development of total stability and strength in the back to produce harmonious
coordination of the body and continuity of movement. This core of strength enables consistently
precise, easy movement of the body; the training in epaulement, in turn, instills in the dancer an
intuitive anticipation of how best to use every part of his or her body to evoke breathtaking results,
right down to the hands and eyes. The Vaganova Method's codified technical approach thus makes
for INJURY-FREE training emphasizing the simultaneous development of both technical proficiency
and individual artistry, and a complete range of movemental expression that comes out of proper
placement and a strong classical dance foundation.
This scientifically proven method involves the systematic study of all ballet movements by breaking
them down into their separate elements and is characterized by impeccable precision, attention to
detail, ease of execution, emotion-evoking grace, and individual creativity. Grebel Ballet's
highly-qualified instructors and coaches have backgrounds not only in the Vaganova method, but
also in Vaganova pedagogy-so they not only know how to dance, they also know how to work with
young people. Professional Division students at our Academy take a yearly level examination in
which they are individually evaluated according to notated benchmarks and are given personal
feedback on their strengths and artistic and technical development, and after which they are
awarded well-deserved medals of achievement.
Grebel Dance, with the Alabama
Youth Ballet, brings out the absolute
best in every young artist through
our dancer-centered training
|Stevan Grebel Center for Dance
Stevan and Deborah Grebel, Directors
2639 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, Alabama, 35124
Shelby County's only pre-professional dance program.
Teaching Dance in the Birmingham area for 44 years!
205.987.7234 or 205.602.5639