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Vaganova Today: The Preservation of Pedagogical Tradition

Catherine Pawlick

Abstract

Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951) is revered as the visionary who first codified the Russian system of classical ballet training. The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, founded on impeccable technique and centuries of tradition, has a reputation for elite standards, and its graduates include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Yuri Soloviev, Natalia Makarova, and Diana Vishneva. Yet the “Vaganova method” has come under criticism in recent years. In this absorbing volume, Catherine Pawlick traces Vaganova's story from her early years as a ballet student in tsarist Russia to her career as a dance ... More

Keywords: Vaganova Academy, Russian ballet, Agrippina Vaganova, Mariinsky Ballet, Russian ballet history, ballet methodology, ballet technique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813036977
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036977.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Pawlick, author