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Memorial board in honor of Marius Petipa has been unveiled on the building of Vaganova Ballet Academy

On March 11, 2018 a very meaningful event took place at Vaganova Ballet Academy – the unveiling of Memorial board commemorating Marius Petipa.

The great ballet master, a Frenchman to whom Russia became his second home, served to the glory of Russian ballet for over 60 years and created such ballet masterpieces as "The Sleeping Beauty", "La Bayadere", "Raymonda", "The Pharaoh's Daughter" and others. Most of these ballets were rehearsed in the building of the formerly Imperial Theatrical School, nowadays –The Vaganova Ballet Academy. It was in this building that Marius taught ballet classes. That is why it is so important that in the Year of Ballet in Russia we perpetuate the memory of the master whose contribution to the Rusian and world ballet art is priceless.

The Memorial board which is now located at the entrance to the Academy was unveiled by the Principal of Vaganova Ballet Academy Nikolai Tsiskaridze and the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko. The event was greeted by Consul General of France in St. Petersburg Mr. Hughes de Chavagnac and Natalia Pilus, State Council Deputy.

The flowers to the Memorial board were laid by students of Vaganova Ballet Academy, participants to the International Conference "Hommage à Petipa" and ballet lovers of St. Petersburg.

Vaganova Ballet Academy expresses gratitude to private persons and institutions who contributed to the creation of the Memorial board to Marius Petipa:

- Mr. Timur Kravtsov, Russian Federation;
- Ms. Sasaky san, "Ars Tokyo", Japan;
- Ms. Francesca Bernabini, "Association of Ballet Teachers", Italy;
- Mr. Cheng, Cheng Ballet Academy, Singapore;
- Ms. Flora Rupf, Switzerland;
- Mr. Kosaka san, "Sofia Art", Japan;
- Ms. Sudzuki san, Ballet Workshop in Nara, Japan;
- Mr. Riccardo Riccardi, "Dansemble", Italy.

Мемориальная доска в честь Мариуса Петипа

Николай Цискаридзе и Георгий Полтавченко открывают доску Мариусу Петипа

The Principal of Vaganova Ballet Academy Nikolai Tsiskaridze and the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.

Николай Цискаридзе и Георгий Полтавченко

Открытие доски Мариусу Петипа

Collaboration of Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Prix de Lausanne

Vaganova Ballet Academy and Principal Nikolai Tsiskaridze received the acknowledgment from the Prix de Lausanne addressed to Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition directed by Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

The letter of accreditation signed by Mr. Stephane Lagonico, President of the Prix de Lausanne and Ms. Kathryn Bradney, Artistic Director of the Prix de Lausanne confirms, that Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition is the official representative of the Prix de Lausanne pre-selection in Russia from October 14th to October 21st, 2018.

Кэтрин Брэдни и Николай Цискаритдзе
Kathryn Bradney and Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

Письмо об аккредитации


Official Master classes of Vaganova Ballet Academy – 2018

Vaganova Ballet Academy is pleased to announce the start of registration for official and authorized Master classes that have been scheduled to take place during the summer break – 2018 in Italy, in Spain and in Japan.

ITALY, July 3 – 13, 2018
Vaganova Academy International Summer Course 2018 in La Spezia, Italy

Organizer: Accademia La Maison de la Danse (LMD)
Via Fontevivo 21/N - 19125 La Spezia – ITALY

Phone: +39349 465 63 92 (Emmanuelle Ricco, Director)
Phone: +4179 249 37 64 (Lucia Longhi, Coordinator)

Registrations close on May 31, 2018

SPAIN, July 2 – 22, 2018
Russian Masters Ballet Camp

Organizer: Asociación Nacional de Ballet Profesional
C/Santa Gema, 18, 30840 Alhama de Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Phone: +34 609816395 (Asiya Lukmanova, Director)

USA, California

July 1 – 8, 2018
Vaganova Academy International Course “Masters and Youth”

Organizer: Apollo Arts
P.O. Box 998
12585 Rices Crossing Road
Oregon House, California 95962 USA

Phone: +1 530 692-9044; cell: +1 530 339-5106 (Natasha Gamolsky Radinskaya, Artistic Director)
Phone: +1 530 692-3153 (Jean Taylor, Coordinator)


Tokyo, July 12 – August 13, 2018

Organizer: Ars Tokyo

Phone: +03 3580 0379

Osaka, August 8 – 13, 2018

Nara, August 17 – 24, 2018

More information upon request:

February is a month for foreign tours

February 2018 will be sated not only with lessons, but also foreign tours for students of Vaganova Ballet Academy.

On February 6 and 7 students of the Academy will dance in Gala concerts in Switzerland – at first in Zurich (6), and then in Lausanne (7). From Switzerland a part of children will take off for Japan where they will dance in Tokyo on February 11.

The second part of the month will be devoted to Italy and the "Russian Seasons" passing there this year.

There will be a performance at Teatro Goldoni in Venice on February 12, and then the performance will be given on February 15 – in Asiago. Here, in Venice and Asiago, Masterclasses of Vaganova Ballet Academy will take place also.

On February 24 five students of the Academy will take part in a concert in Florence. Here, in Florence, on February 23 Vaganova Ballet Academy will give a ballet audition to offer direct access to students in the school year 2018/2019. Also, Masterclass for professional training in ballet Vaganova Technique will take place in Florence on February 24.

Finally, the big Gala concert will be given in Naples on February 26.

Гастроли в Италии

Young Singaporean dancers are guests of the Academy

From the 11th till 15th of December, 2017 the Vaganova Ballet Academy hosted master-class for students of the Cheng Ballet Academy (Singapore). Classes of classical, character and historical dances were organized for them. Also, young Singaporeans were able to watch classes of Vaganova Ballet Academy students.

На занятиях в Академии

В классе характерного танца.

Students of the Academy will come to the contest in Lausanne

Two representatives of Vaganova Ballet Academy will participate in ballet contest Prix de Lausanne, which will take place from January 28 till February 04, 2018 a 46th time.

Ervin Zagidullin, a student of level 8 (teacher - Fethon Miozzi) and Davide Loricchio, an international trainee from Italy (teacher - Fethon Miozzi) passed the first tour of the contest and has joined the list of 78 participants of the next tour. Three hundred eighty dancers from 38 countries of the world participated in the first audition tour.

Эрвин Загидуллин Давиде Лориккио

Ervin Zagidullin and  Davide Loricchio.

Nutcracker as expression of support for charity

On December 1 charity event Hermitage combines friends was held in Hermitage theatre. Following the tradition, students of Vaganova Ballet Academy participated in the charity event.

In an event program prepared for children with disabilities was a concert, where our students performed the third act of the ballet Nutcracker (choreography by V. Vaynonen).

Before the start of concert Artistic Director of the Academy Zhanna Ayupova and General Director of the Association of public organizations 'Great Bear', Aleksandr Zimin has had a speech to welcome guests.

Ж.Аюпова и А. Зимин
Zhanna Ayupova and Aleksandr Zimin.

"Щелкунчик" в Эрмитажном театре

"Щелкунчик" в Эрмитажном театре

"Щелкунчик" в Эрмитажном театре

"Щелкунчик" в Эрмитажном театре

"Щелкунчик" в Эрмитажном театре

"Щелкунчик" в Эрмитажном театре

Photo by V/ Vasiliev.

Head of the Imperial House of Russia the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia visited the VBA

On November 10 the Head of the Imperial House of Russia the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia visited the Vaganova Ballet Academy and was acquainted with the history of the oldest choreographic school in Russia. She visited one of the male classes at the VBA and presented the medal “In Memory of the 400th Anniversary of the House of Romanoff, 1613-2013” to the Rector of the Academy Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

Николай Цискаридзе и Великая княгиня Мария Владимировна

На уроке в Академии

Со студентами Академии

Вручение медали

Photos by V. Vasiliev.

Ballet teacher of Léa Thomasson has visited the Academy

Bénédicte Windsor ballet teacher and founder of the centre Artys (Annecy, France) has visited the Vaganova Ballet Academy today to meet Professor Marina Vasilieva who was a pedagogue of Léa Thomasson at the Academy (Bénédicte Windsor was one of the teachers of Lea Thomasson in France). Léa has completed her training program for International students at the Academy this summer and got an invitation to join the Mariinsky Ballet. Now she can be seen on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Bénédicte Windsor with Marina Vasilieva and her students.

Bénédicte Windsor with Marina Vasilieva and her students (7/II).

Photo by V. Vasiliev.

International trainees of the Academy are in demand by Russian theatres

Every year students from all around the world arrive at Vaganova Ballet Academy to study on the International Trainee program. Fourteen trainees of the Academy got certificates in 2017, some of them were invited to join Russian theatres. For example, Alexander Lewis Blend has joined Yacobson Ballet Theatre; Lea Thomasson (France) and Raul Ferreira (Spain) was invited by Mariinsky theatre; Oscar Frame (Great Britain) - by Moscow Bolshoi theatre.

In his interview for Oscar Frame told: 'The invitation from the Bolshoi was quite overwhelming. Graduating and getting job offers had been something I had thought about and imagined for so long that I couldn’t quite believe it was real. Then, when I had offers from other companies as well, I just had a sudden sense of vertigo. I talked to my parents who just told me to trust Nikolai. They said that he was responsible for the biggest improvement in my dancing in five years and he is my pedagogue, so I should listen to him. It was difficult because I have a huge respect and love for the Mariinsky, most of my dearest teachers are former Mariinsky dancers and most of my best friends were accepting offers there.'

In a new academic year Academy accepted to the International Trainee program 21 students from Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, and Japan. 14 students are continuing their programs for the second year, 8 students are studying in the Academy for the third year and two boys - the fourth year in a row.

Окамото Сая (Япония) и Рауль Феррейра (Испания).
Raul Ferreira and Saya Okamoto (Japan).

Леа Томассон
Lea Thomasson and Oscar Frame.

Photos by V. Vasiliev and S. Avakuum.

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