• Technique: Vaganova Method

    Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy emphasizes the classical ballet technique based upon the Russian tradition of training called the Vaganova Method; this method has produced many of the world’s finest dancers. 

    Originally developed by Mme. Agrippina Vaganova over one hundred years ago, the Vaganova method marries the romantic style of the French ballet and dramatic soulfulness of the Russian character with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school to reform the old imperial style of ballet teaching. The aim of the method is the complete coordination of the entire body in order to achieve artistic dancing. Each level is progressive, specially developed training plans with specific goals for dancers to achieve before moving on to the next level.

    Many of the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers have graduated from the Vaganova Academy including Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

    Our Pre-Professional Division students take a yearly level examination in which they are individually evaluated according to the notated level requirements and receive personal feedback on their strengths and artistic and technical development.