Vaganova Syllabus

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1. Who created the syllabus and why?
a. The Vaganova syllabus was created by Russian dancer Agrippina Vaganova.
b. She created this syllabus with her backgrounds in French, Italian, and Russian techniques, time spent at the Imperial Ballet School and years of experience. The syllabus was designed as a refined way of teaching and training.
2. Where did it begin?
a. The syllabus began in Russia during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Vaganova Academy wasn’t always the Vaganova Academy; it used to be the Imperial School, established in 1738. Agrippina Vaganova graduated from the Imperial School and then became a teacher there. She then went on to develop the Vaganova syllabus. Six years after Agrippina Vaganova passed away the school changed the name to the Vaganova Academy in her honour.
3. What does it consist of? What
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The Vaganova method breaks down movements and aims for immaculate precision and correct and mastered execution.
4. Who uses it?
a. Some of the most famous and talented dancers, choreographers and dance figures were trained using the Vaganova method. Anna Pavlova, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and thousands of professional dancers across the globe.
5. What are the benefits?
a. As previously mentioned the syllabus has a focus on injury prevention that I found to be unique to this technique. Being trained in with this method will keep you injury free and it will also train you to have exceptional technique and to be able to perform with a full range of characteristics. Since many professional companies use this technique, being trained with this syllabus could make you more prepared or qualified to become a professional.
6. Is this syllabus taught today, if yes, where?
a. Of course the syllabus is still taught at the Vaganova Academy in Russia. Other schools include: En Pointé School of Ballet, the Indiana Ballet Conservatory and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Also many professional companies use this

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