Vaganova Academy, Happy Birthday!
POSTED ON04.05.2021
Happy birthday to the place where our hearts belong, the Vaganova Ballet Academy!

On 4 May 1738, Russian Empress Anna issued a decree founding the first Russian theatre school – the school that we now know as the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

Russian ballet has always been connected with France: the school, too, was founded on the initiative of a French ballet master Jeanne-Baptiste Lande. It all started with 12 Russian boys and girls making their first “foreign” pas, and today the school is proud of thousands of graduates from all around the world.

Pick a famous name in the 19th-century ballet – many of them taught at the school: Charles Didelot, Jules Perrot, Arthur Saint-Leon, Enrico Cecchetti, and Marius Petipa…

It has always been the place where stars are born: Anna Pavlova, Mathilde Kschessinska, Agrippina Vaganova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolph Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Zhanna Ayupova. We can go on forever.

The Vaganova Academy has turned 283 years old. It is waiting for new names to be proud of – we are sure yours is one of those.

It is an honor to be connected with this legendary name - Russian Masters offers different programs supervised and conducted by the Vaganova Academy teachers:



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