Russian Ballet Society
Posted 26 February 2003 - 10:41 PM
Also, as a Vaganova teacher I am always looking for ways to be able to "examine" my students. I would really like to be able to test them, somewhat like RAD students so that they would have a sense of accomplishment before going into the next level. Does anyone do this with their students? I have heard of one studio, forgive me for not remembering the name, that supposedly teaches a teacher training course and "certifies" Vagonova teachers but I know that this certification just does not exist. I truly wish it did!
Posted 27 February 2003 - 02:09 AM
This should help with a lot of your questions, and also provide you with contacts to assist you. It's the Legat Method, from which both Vaganova and Balanchine evolved. Of course, it continued to develop as long as Nicolai was alive, and he lasted a lot longer than his brother Sergei. You'll still recognize a lot of things that are still in the later disciplines from the Legat roots.
There have been a few people who have been very highly trained in Vaganova who have developed their own pedagogical system for passing it on, and of course there are those who aren't qualified at all who claim the same thing! (Why does this business attract so many phonies?) None is recognized by the Vaganova Choreographic Institute, as you say.
Posted 27 February 2003 - 06:16 AM
There is no society that governs an examination process outside of Russia. Vaganova School will not even recognize Moscow or Perm as being Vaganova! ;) Colorado Ballet Academy has an examination process for themselves. Maybe you should call them? Look under www.coloradoballetacademy.edu, I believe. I do a class demonstration annually, not an exam really. My students are 14 and 15 years old, coming from varying backgrounds so at the end of one year with me, I feel I can show something but my goodness it is certainly not 4th or 5th year Vaganova work in the pure form. Are you teaching alone? I am fortunate that I do have another certified/diplomaed Vaganova teacher with whom I work that looks in, we talk a lot. She helps to be the other eye. I know it is not enough but all I have at the moment. I take advantage of any "Russians" passing through to come take "a look see" when possible. Since you are in Florida maybe you would like to come see? Let me know if you have interest.
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