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  1. Language is no problem, in fact we are targeting audiences from other countries who might like the Academy. We also have a blog with diferent posts on history, technique, etc., I'll surely be posting it where appropiate soon !
  2. No, I haven't yet ! I'll see to post right now, thanks !
  3. In an 1829 text by August Bournonville, he defines Epaulement as follows: "Epaulement: Opposition The straight lines or those that show the whole body quite en-face are probably most useful in study, but they have for good reason been modified for the stage in the newer school. The second position is for example maintained by the stretching and lifting of the leg (I assume the left one). It becomes more beautiful by a slight turn or Epaulement to the left side, this is called effacé. In the fourth position the leg is placed straight forward; with a slight turn of the shoulder to the right, it is called croisé. It is known that arms and shoulders function in opposite movements to the legs: one could only walk with difficulty if one placed the same foot, arm and shoulder forward simultaneously when stepping out. This rule of nature is a dogma in the dance, in that whichever croisé position the left foot is placed when forward, the head must turn to that side, the left shoulder and arm must be lowered and keep more forward than the right, which when raised, so to speak, frame the upper half of the body. However, in effacé position the head must turn towards the raised arm. Any position which broke with this rule was condemned by the older masters and called a false opposition, but Vestris, the creator of the new school, discovered partly by studying antiquity, party by his own inspiration, that one could swerve from the strict rules, remaining graceful, yet not foreshortening the older, beautiful oppositions. He thus enriched the dance with innumerable others, and proved thereby that head and shoulders in different positions allow the arms fortuitous curves, which although not in opposition to the legs, far from hampering these movements, increased their grace." While it is more commonly accepted today to think that "epaulement" means only how we move our shoulders, thus moving/twisting our upper body/back, epaulement historically is closer to the way russians use it (as usually, they are more traditional), meaning the whole body positioning and how it is perceived by the audience.
  4. In that documentary of 2009 if I don't remember wrong, there is a guy (sorry for not remembering his name) that worked with Semenova on the recording of a Vaganova's class (which I've never been able to find) who says that Agrippina's family left Russia, and he was told to stay in charge of her house and things. He then goes on to show Agrippina's author copy of her first book and tell some more things. It's an amazing documentary, I haven't found a better one about her. There are a few books on her memoirs and some russian articles written for Vaganova Academy Vestnik, but I haven't read them yet, I'm usually more interested in more technical stuff.
  5. We're an Academy in Rosario, Argentina, we're small and started a few months ago, and besides our videconference classes we are giving one beginner class and one intermediate class for free each week, mostly for the students that have a hard time with money right now. I would love it if anyone wants to try one, these will be given on Instagram Live and are Vaganova classes, as taught to us by Maria Gribanova among other Vaganova graduates. For reference, beginner will be a half of first year class, good for pretty much everybody up to 1 or 2 years of experience, and intermediate will be a end of third year class, good for someone with no less than 3 years of experience. Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/academiarosarioballet/ Beginner Classical Dance Class Time and Date https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Beginner+Classical+Dance+Class&iso=20200507T1830&p1=1079&ah=1 Intermediate Classical Dance Class Time and Date https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Intermediate+Classical+Dance+Class&iso=20200509T16&p1=1079&ah=1&am=30
  6. Hi, if you've read my introduction then you already know that I'm from Argentina. Through all these years searching for information about ballet history and technique, looking for books, documentaries, video footage, etc., I've come to a small video footage of Baryshnikov at around 16 or 17 years old, doing a lot of exercises on the Vaganova ARB. After searching for its origins, I got to know it's some kind of leaked piece from some films Misha donated to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. It's a 93 minutes length video of him and a few other dancers doing lots of training exercises at Vaganova, that would be PRICELESS to be able to watch and save. But is it possible to ask for some kind of temporary link to view it, or something ? Or is the only option that I travel all the way to New York to go watch it ? Wouldn't mind the last, but I won't be able to pay it anytime soon. Thanks in advance for any replies.
  7. Fari

    Hello !

    Well yeah, Teatro Colon has its issues between the company's dancers and their directors. Sad but true. Even the school is somewhat poor in teaching quality, most students look for others teachers, or go to other companies or even countries. Not the brightest situation here in Argentina for ballet.
  8. Fari

    Hello !

    Hi ! I'm a dancer and teacher student from Argentina. I've come across your forums a few times, but never felt like signing up. Finally I'm needing to ask for something so I guessed I should sign up. After I am able to post to the right place hahaha. I'm 26, almost 27, years old, I've been dancing since I was 18, started ballet at 22, and couldn't stop. I love to consider myself a future researcher and historian of ballet, as well as a balletoman. I've read close to 10-15 books, watched lots of videos, taken lots and lots of ballet classes from my country, besides being on a dance teacher career on the second year of four. Of course, I'm still a starter, but ballet has been most of my time since that day of my first class. So that's it !
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