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Vaganova TodayThe Preservation of Pedagogical Tradition$
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Catherine Pawlick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036977

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036977.001.0001

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Vaganova the Teacher

Vaganova the Teacher

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Vaganova Today

Catherine E. Pawlick

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the changes to ballet in Leningrad during the post-Revolutionary period, including the influences of Soviet ideology and socialist realism. It outlines Vaganova's efforts to systematize a standard of ballet training that combined elements from both the French and Italian schools and then discusses her goal of preserving the classical basis of ballet during the shifts in choreography after the Russian Revolution. A discussion of dramballet in the 1920s and beyond is included, which explains Vaganova's revisions to the existing choreography in Swan Lake and Esmeralda in order to better adapt it to the uneducated “mass viewer.” Vaganova's attempts to adapt lessons to the shifts and advancement in technique, and her creation of exercises to prepare dancers for the increasing athletic tendencies in choreography are also discussed.

Keywords:   Soviet Ballet 1920s-1950s, Vaganova's methodology, systematizing ballet technique

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