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.