Agrippina Vaganova said that all theory must be enriched by the experience of teaching and new developments in artistic practice. “Look at life all around; everything is growing, everything is moving forward. Therefore I recommend…keeping in touch with life and with art”. In essence this means that everything is progressive. The Russian Ballet syllabus is ever moving forward and has already stood the test of time.
Levels Primary to Four
These levels introduce the beginner to the joy of dance. The fundamental principles of ballet technique are established in these important years. Musical comprehension, mime and
improvisation are vital components in the development of movement and expression in the young student.
*open to students from five to 14 years
*This broad age range welcomes the late-star ter to bal let and the examination process.
Levels Five to Eight
Levels Five to Eight, expands on the basic fundamentals of the lower levels.
Students are challenged by the introduction of more complex adage, allegro and turning movements in preparation for advancement to the major levels. Again the broad age range welcomes students of varied experiences to the exam process.
Major Levels – Pre-Elementary to Pre-Professional
The major levels focus on the development of performing artistry and virtuosity. Two hallmarks of the Russian style, expressive
co-ordination of port de bras and powerful allegro are emphasised. Extensive pointe work for female students is also included.