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Vaganova Ballet Academy graduates received diplomas at the Catherine Palace

On June 26 the thirty five graduate students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy received their diplomas at the Catherine Palace. This year five students, including Maria Bulanova, Anastasia Demidova, Daria Ionova, Anastasia Nuykina and Maria Khoreva graduated with honours.

Fifteen foreign students who have completed a course of practical training received appropriate certificates.

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

Вручение дипломов

The official part was followed traditionally by a ball.

Выпускной бал

Выпускной бал

Выпускной бал

Photo by Andrew Lushpa.

“Vaganova-PRIX” International competition starts accepting applications from participants


Vaganova Ballet Academy informs of opening registration and accepting applications for "Vaganova -PRIX" International Competition-2018.
We welcome senior students from Russian and International choreographic schools, colleges and academies to participate in the " Vaganova-PRIX"
Ballet Competition that will take place in St. Petersburg from October 14 till October 21, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that based on the Agreement with the "Prix de Lausanne" Organizing Committee,
Vaganova Ballet Academy will host in the same dates the Pre-selection of the "Prix de Lausanne"-2019 International Competition.

"Vaganova-Prix" International competition is for students of professional choreographic ballet institutions aged 15-19.
To register, fill in the Application form for the Competition and to learn of the Competition regulations please follow the link:

Davide Loriccio, student of Vaganova Ballet Academy has received scholarship of Prix de Lausanne - 2018

Davide Loricchio, student of Vaganova Ballet Academy (pedagog - Fethon Miozzi) has received a scholarship of International Prix de Lausanne - 2018 competition.

The scholarship will give Davide a chance to start his ballet career in one of the partner theatres of the Prix de Lausanne.

Давиде Лориккио

Photo by Gregory Batardon

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)


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.

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