Agrippina Vaganova: The Vaganova Method

Agrippina Waganova was a Russian-soviet dancer, teacher, choreographer and ballet master who lived from 1879 until 1951. From 1889, she studied at the Imperial Ballet Academy, subsequently performed at the Marientheatre and was promoted to ballerina in 1915.

In 1921, she became a dance teacher and founded, in the same year, the training system named after her, in which the lessons are divided into age appropriate levels. Students gain a well founded, precise technique which forms the basis of every possible aesthetic expression. Only those who have command of perfection in technique can step up to the challenge of creating flawless artistry.

The Vaganova Method still constitutes the basis of the Russian ballet training. At the same time, it is recognized worldwide and is widely acknowledged seal of approval of the quality of dance education.

Professor Heinz Manniegel is head of the teacher training programme at BBM. His students are methodically educated to teach according to the eight-year Vaganova system for ballet teachers. All the teachers at the BBM are themselves trained in this very system and thus a coherent curriculum is guaranteed at all levels of the dance school.

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