I don't see why walking down the hallway in ballet shoes is banned. I'd imagine that it's convenient for students to run from class to class in ballet shoes.
Tsiskaridze & Lopatkina at the Vaganova Ballet Academy
Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:05 PM
I don't think it's an entirely off-the-wall idea. It would help keep the shoes cleaner and in good working order for longer. For all we know slipping on a pair of booties over top may be sufficient to satisfy the rule.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:33 PM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:13 PM
I just don't really like the tone of the article which seemed to imply that under Dorofeeva and Asylmuratova, kids were allowed to run wild and skip classes and now Tsiskaridze is putting the discipline back in the school. I doubt this was the case. What I do believe is that Asylmuratova was maybe more "student centered" in her approach. I don't see anything wrong with telling the kids it's okay to go home if they're very tired after a long rehearsal or performance or occasionally ignoring the shoes rule. Kids are kids.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:52 PM
I agree with you Canbelto. However, I'm not surprised by the tone of this short article; it has the slight whiff of
misogyny lingering in it as well. I was expecting some kind of progress report. His P.R. machine never stops.
Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:59 AM
The hallways in Vaganova Academy are highly waxed wooden floors although I have noticed in photos that they have now laid some area rugs. Wax gets on the ballet slippers, pointe shoes and street shoes making the new marley/limoleum floors and wooden floors (if there are any left) very, very slippery. It can be quite dangerous. Marley/linoleum floors and street shoes are not made for one another when it comes to dance. When I was in Vaganova Academy, almost 20 years ago, Belsky/Nadirov/Dorofeeva were at the helm, as is the Russian custom, one wore different shoes inside than outside. One carried a pair of slippers for inside wear. In the case of the students, they wore slippers as well in the hallways. This is only an old/new rule. All dancers must learn that wax and ballet slipper or pointe shoes are not a good combination.
It is good to read that the students are required to go to their academic classes now, as this was not the case in my two years studying in the school. While I am not a support of Mr. Tsiskaridze overall for Vaganova Academy, these changes have their merit.
Posted Today, 05:56 PM
I am reviving this thread because Ismene Brown translated an article on Nov.20 regarding the permanent position of Rector at the Vaganova Academy:
...the Minister of Culture recommended that Russia's top ballet school redefine qualifications for the Rector so as to exclude many academic degrees but to let in a jurisprudence one - which handily Tsiskaridze had just taken a masters in Moscow.
Posted Today, 06:13 PM
A JD? To run the Vaganova Academy?
Life does tend to teach you things when you're ready to learn them, whatever the situation, but somehow this seems like a stretch to me.
Posted Today, 06:18 PM
It's writing a job description to retroactively justify the choice or writing one fro which only the person you want to hire qualifies.
Posted Today, 08:09 PM
Sounds like they took a page out of the Infosys HR manual on hiring. I do like the 5 year contracts for teachers, so I'll give Mr. Tsiskaridze positive credit for that. I hope he's happy to stay at the Vagonova Academy for a while, maybe he will mellow a bit. I think his only chance at the Mariinsky would be if Gergiev gives up his position. I doubt two big personalities would work at the Mariinsky, which is why Yuri Fateyev has kept his position.
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