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Students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy on the stage of London Coliseum
On 12 March The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2017 was performed on the stage of London Colliseum, where students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy were participated.

On 12 March The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2017 was performed on the stage of London Colliseum, where students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy were participated.

They performed piece from ballet The Fairy Doll on music by Joseph Bayer, reconstructed in the past year by Nikolay Tsiskaridze for students of Academy. Following the press feedback, people, who came at Sunday evening concert dedicated to heritage of Diaghilev “Russian seasons”, were impressed by the performance.

Our school was presented by Principal of Academy Nikolay Tsiskaridze together with Vlada Borodulina, Polina Bualova, Aleksandra Korshunova, Pavel Mikheev, Eleonora Sevenard, Oscar Frame, Aleksandra Khiteeva, classical dance teacher Tatiana Solomyanko, who gave a workshop for students of National Ballet School.

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala, organized by company Ensemble Production, is held in London every year since 2006. Programs of each concert are full with the names of rising stars and famous dancers, among which are soloists of the best ballet companies of world, including Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky theatres, Grand Opera de Paris,Berlin Staatsoper and Monte Carlo ballets, the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and New York City Ballet.

"Senior students from the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg performed a divertissement from The Fairy Doll, choreographed by the Legat brothers in 1903. Nikolay Tsiskaridze, director of the school since 2014, has adapted the choreography for seven of the pupils. The highlight was the pas de trois for The Fairy Doll and two Pierrots: Eleanora Sevenard (class of T.A Udalenkova), with Oscar Frame and Pavel Mikheev (both class of Tsiskaridze). The divert. certainly deserved its place in the gala: the confident students already seem fully fledged for professional employment." (Jann Parry, DanceTabs on March 17).

Анонс концерта

Студенты Академии в Лондоне

После концерта

Участники Гала

Мастер-класс дает Татьяна Соломянко

Shinshokan Dance Magazine about V International Cultural Forum in St.Petersburg

Mr. Fumio Hamano, Senior Editor at Shinshokan Dance Magazine, wrote an article about events provided by Vaganova Ballet Academy in program of the V International Cultural Forum in Saint Petersburg.

Dance Magazine 3.2017

Vaganova Ballet Academy has welcomed two Master classes from the leading ballet academies of South Korea

The Courses for Ye Won Culture Foundation and K- Arts University students took place in February - March 2017 and comprised Classical dance, Character, History dance lessons, Acting skills and well as watching rehearsals of Vaganova Ballet Academy students. The academic part of the schedule included video classes, Vaganova ballet Academy Museum tour with lecture on Russian Ballet history while the cultural program featured Mariinsky Theatre ballet performances.

Учащиеся школы Ye Won Culture Foundation

Учащиеся школы K-Arts University

Nikolai Tsiskaridze for the British magazine Dance Europe (January 2017)

Dance Europre 1.2017

Dance Europre 1.2017

Welcome to the conference 'Hommage à Petipa' / Dedication to Petipa

On March 11, 2017, the date of birth of Marius Petipa - Vaganova Ballet Academy is pleased to present the third annual historical-theoretical conference 'Hommage à Petipa'.

Ballet Research Department of Vaganova Ballet Academy invites students, post graduate students, teachers, research workers, theoreticians and choreographers, as well as specialists in related creative domain to participate in the Conference.

As was true for creations of Petipa, the theme of the conference is not limited by any frames, and will not be dedicated exclusively to he Heritage of the Master. Reports and presentations will touch upon issues of early dance forms and up to the vanguard contemporary dance trends.

Dinna Bjorn told about Vaganova-PRIX to the French magazine DANCE


Vaganova-PRIX: avant-premiere
Nikolai Tsiskaridze about Vaganova-PRIX - an interview to the French magazine DANSE.

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DANSE стр 27-28

Danse стр 28-29

Source: DANSE, November 2016.

Invite to take part in the International Conference ‘IT in the Arts’
The international conference «Information Technology in the arts» will take place on December 1-2, 2016, in the context of the 5th Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

IT in the Arts

Information Technology (IT) is playing an increasingly major role in our lives, changing them radically if discreetly, making them both simpler and more sophisticated. As the flagship of all that is new and original, the arts inevitably respond to scientific and technical innovation. To what extent do such innovations contribute to the expression of new meanings in today’s art forms ? Should they be applied directly, or do we instead need to take time to reflect upon them? Do contemporary artists really need to draw upon IT or are they merely creating effects, perhaps blurring what is essential to art ?

The international conference «Information Technology in the arts» will take place on December 1-2, 2016, in the context of the 5th Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum. It is organised by the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Saint-Petersburg State University, with the cooperation of University Paris 8. The conference will address issues related to applying IT in contemporary art forms, in dance and in teaching, involving five different departments: dance and film; film and multimedia; IT in music and in contemporary composition; contemporary choreography and performance art; IT and teaching.

The main themes dealt with will be the following: IT in film; contemporary dance and multimedia; surround sound; virtual reality; interactivity; contemporary music; new sound space; computer-based compositions; new composition techniques; electroacoustic music; digital performance; experimental art; IT as applied to teaching creative disciplines; distance teaching; virtual education.

Papers can be given in English, French or Russian.

Proposals must be submitted as a Word file (.doc), and must include the following:
– full name;
– country and institution;
– e-mail address;
– Title of paper;
– abstract (no more than 350 words).

Abstracts should include all the information necessary to allow the Programme Committee to assess both the originality of the argument and of the proposal and its potential as a conference paper. Following acceptance, abstracts can be changed in view of their publication in the conference programme.

Proposals should be submitted as attachments by email to by 20 October 2016.

Everyone submitting a proposal will be sent a confirmation email; if this has not been received within five days, please send the proposal once again.

All those who have submitted a proposal will be notified of its acceptance or rejection by 25 October 2016.

Travel and living expenses are at the cost of the participants (both speakers and attenders).

Deadline for the application forms for Vaganova-PRIX are extended.
Organizing committee of the VII International Ballet Competition Vaganova-PRIX extend the deadline for the application forms up to the 19th of September, 2016, for the reason that the upper limit of the age of the participants increased to 19 years due to the numerous requests of Russian and foreign schools.

Organizing committee of the VII International Ballet Competition Vaganova-PRIX extend the deadline for the application forms up to the 19th of September, 2016, for the reason that the upper limit of the age of the participants increased to 19 years due to the numerous requests of Russian and foreign schools.

Vaganova-prix 2016

Applications for the Competition are accepted via e-mail; fax: +7 812 456 07 65 or as online form

Besides we inform you about the Jury of the Competition:

  • Zhanna Ayupova (St. Petersburg, Russia). People's Artist of Russia, First Vice-Rector of Vaganova Ballet Academy.
  • Amanda Bennett (Switzerland). Artistic Director of the Prix de Lausanne. The director of the Ballettschule Theater Basel.
  • Dinna Bjorn (Denmark). Choreographer of the Bournonville ballets in International ballet companies.
  • Valentina Kozlova (USA). Artistic Director and Chairman of VKIBC (Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition) Board of Directors. Hyun-woong Kim (South Korea ). The best renowned principal dancer in Korea National Ballet. Faculty member of K-Arts.
  • Marina Leonova (Moscow, Russia). People's Artist of Russia, Rector of Moscow State Academy of Choreography.
  • Yukari Saito (Japan). Artistic Director of the Tokyo Ballet.

More information can be found on the website of the Competition, or by phone +7 812 456 07 65 (add. 243).

The Vaganova Ballet Academy is reviving the International Ballet Competition Vaganova-PRIX

The Vaganova Ballet Academy supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation is reviving the International Ballet Competition Vaganova-PRIX for students of choreographic schools, colleges and academies. This year, the seventh edition of the Competition will be held in St. Petersburg on October 2329. 


The competition is open for male and female dancers aged 15-18 receiving their training at choreographic professional institutions.

To take part in the competition, one needs to complete an application form and submit it to the Organizing committee either online or by mail before September 15. The Organizing committee of the Competition will meet the expenses for accommodations and meals for participants and the non-competing partners through all the days of their participation in the competition events.

The competition will be held in two rounds. The first round will comprise a classical dance lesson with elements of A. Vaganova class (for girls) and V. Ponomaryov (for boys) and will test technical skills of participants. During the second round participants will perform one classical duet or two variations from suggested program list. One of female variations is of A. Vaganova repertoire. Such a program would contribute to the strengthening of the unified educational space in the domain of ballet art as well as promote the achievements of the Russian ballet training system and performing arts.

The jury of the competition approved by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will individually evaluate each participant on the basis of two rounds using a 25-point assessment score. The winners will get cash prizes and other awards including those provided for by the Vaganova Ballet Academy: a ten-month VBA training and a Prize for the Best partner.

The Vaganova-PRIX awards ceremony and the Gala concert of the prize winners will be held on the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on October 29, 2016.

The competition aims to improve the methodology of classical dance training and enhance the quality of professional ballet education. To cope with this mission the Vaganova Ballet Academy will present master-classes and round-the-table discussions for participants of Vaganova Method Conference and for teachers accompanying the Vaganova-PRIX participants during the competition. 

The Vaganova-PRIX was founded by the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1988. In 1995, the competition acquired its international status. The prize winners of the Vaganova-PRIX Competition  include Ulyana Lopatkina (1990), Adrian Fadeev, Svetlana Zakharova, Igor Kolb (1995), Polina Semionova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ekaterina Krysanova, Vladimir Shklyarov (2002), Vadim Muntagirov (2006) etc.

The competition is being sponsored by Grishko company, The Regional Foundation for Young Artists' Support of Natalia Kosova, the Astoria Hotel, with the Mariinsky and Hermitage Theatres providing their premises for the Vaganova-PRIX events.

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