A Short History on the Vaganova Ballet Academy

Founded in 1738 to the decree of Empress Anna the I of Russia, the Imperial Ballet School became the country’s first educational establishment to provide professional ballet  training. The Vaganova Ballet Academy is now approaching its 275th Anniversary. During these years, the School graduated a galaxy of renowned  performers and choreographers: Anna Pavlova, Vatslav  Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Farukh Ruzimatov, Altynay Asylmuratova, Konstantin Zaklinsky,  Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, and Svetlana Zakharova, to name just a few. 
The Method of Ballet training and education  was created  by Professor Agrippina Y. Vaganova - ballet teacher and professor at the Academy for thirty years, from 1921 to 1951.
In years to come the  School inherited the Vaganova Method  as basic ballet educational system and  further developed ballet  training art through the effort and talent of its staff and students.
The Vaganova  Ballet Academy graduates successfully perform  in the world’s leading  companies and more students  come to The Academy  every year to join the fascinating world of ballet.