著名芭蕾舞導師Gabriela Darvish 對俄羅斯訓練法的評論是︰「天賦固然重要，但要出色舞者將其天賦於舞台上發揮得淋漓盡致，當中需要的就是方法……」。
Russian Vaganova method
The Russian Vaganova Classical Ballet Syllabus is the training method used in most professional ballet companies, and their associated schools, all over the world. It is proven to produce excellent results with both vocational and recreational students because it teaches each dancer to move her/ his body intuitively with grace, style and strength.
"Natural talents are great, but they don't appear often enough to fill our theatres with good dancers. There has to be a method...
- Gabriela Darvish on the Russian Method.
Our classes follow the internationally renowned Russian Training Syllabus, a scientifically devised training program that has produced the best dancers in the world, including Anna Pavlova, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, the legendary choreographer George Balanchine, and professional dancers in almost every company in the world.
Originally developed by Mme. Agrippina Vaganova over 100 years ago, this method fused the romantic style of the French ballet with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school.
The Russian Training Syllabus is used in professional ballet schools worldwide, not only in Russia. To mention just a few: Bolshoi Ballet Academy, National Ballet School of Canada, Hamburg Ballet Academy, Vaganova Academy of Washington D.C., Cuban National Ballet School...
One important feature of the Russian method is the progressive manner in which material is introduced. This allows for the slow and steady development of the dancer, encouraging a true understanding of basic principles and a solid basis for advanced work. In this method, new work is introduced regularly so that young dancers exercise their minds as well as their bodies, developing the skills of adaptability and memory, essential for every dancer.
Early training focuses on epaulement, or the stylized turning of the shoulders and body, which instills in the dancer an intuitive anticipation of how best to use every part of his or her body to evoke breathtaking results, right down to the hands and eyes. The Russian Method's codified technical approach thus emphasises the simultaneous development of both technical proficiency and individual artistry, and a complete range of movemental expression that comes out of proper placement and a strong classical dance foundation.
The Russian Ballet Syllabus was designed to train dancers to a professional standard in classical ballet and the training was considered to be vocational from Level 1. Traditionally, children attend lessons 6 days per week from the age of 9 years, progressing through the 8 levels of the Russian syllabus by age 17. Thereafter, a vocationally-oriented dancer usually graduates from school and commences a performance career with a ballet company.
For those who have studied other syllabi: it should be noted that the demands of the Russian levels are often considerably greater than the demands of the same numerical level in other syllabi and that it is difficult to make comparisons. Certainly, there is no harm in older children or late starters taking a lower level. Each child needs to work at the best level for them, and some will be considerably older than the listed age, or spend more than one year in the same level.