The Vaganova Method is about precision and strength and dancers would work in their lines, flexibility, strengths and expressiveness. Working with structure and repetition, focusing on technique to develop your movements and expression to improve your artistic ability.
The Vaganova Method encourages dancers dancing with their entire body and using their feet, strong legs and torso to do high jumps and powerful turns, aided by the use of the arms and hands. Vaganova students are encouraged to learn following very clear instruction from their teachers and at the same time be able to become competent to learn from their mistakes and correct them. This method also stimulates the students to develop their independence and creativeness on creating dance combinations and adagio/allegro short choreographs.
The Vaganova method was developed by Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951).
She trained and graduated at the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet School and decided to teach after leaving stage as a ballerina. She developed a new method which carries her name and it is a fusion of French and Italian technique - the romantic French technique with the athleticism and virtuosity of the Italian school. The method is designed to work the upper and lower body in each movement and with equal attention , focusing legs and feet and jumps and turns.
One of the distinction of this method is hands:
"The hands should be held distinctly, with the thumb held close to the middle finger and the pointer and ring finger slightly raised."
Grant, Gail. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, Third Edition. Dover Publications, 1982
Vaganova's "Basic Principles of Classical Ballet" was published in 1934.
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