From 2021, Pevnev Ballet Academy will concentrate on delivering Classical ballet training in the Vaganova method of Classical Ballet, developed by Agrippina Vaganova (pictured above teaching at the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg). The Vaganova is the chosen method by most full-time ballet schools as well as most professional companies around the world and therefore, giving Pevnev students the best training and opportunity for a career in dance.
The method fuses elements of traditional French style from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian Cecchetti technique. The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range.
The steps in the Vaganova method builds on a carefully developed progression in which the “basic” or “preparatory” forms are mastered before the dancer moves on to more difficult forms. The method is founded upon the idea that when a dancer is introduced to a step, he or she will have developed the correct strength in foundation in order for their steps and movements to be successful.
The International Character Dance Syllabus has been designed and written by Australia’s leading exponent of Character Dance, Alida Segal. Her experience began in 1970 with Madame Marina Berezowsky AM and continued while studying at the world-renowned Moiseyev School in Moscow.
This clear and concise training program takes students from basic concepts to professional standards in preparation for a career on the stage.
The course includes active physical practice of technique & movement, as well as information about music and rhythm. Elements of ethnology, physics and design are also involved. This results in a more holistic education & understanding of the development of dance styles.
Pevnev Ballet Academy follows the principle that classical ballet is the fundamental technique underpinning all other dance forms. However, it is vital that young students and dancers of today are as versatile as possible.
With our ultimate goal being to train dancers for a career in dance, we have created a contemporary dance curriculum that will develop the technical fundamentals required of a dancer today, alongside current and relevant movement explorations to better equip them for today’s industry.
Our classes will be led by our resident contemporary faculty as well as renowned international guests and will encompass Cunningham based technique partnered with principles gathered from Release, Graham, Counter technique, floor work and improvisation.
There is a strong focus on correct postural alignment, efficient and creative pathways of movement in and out of the floor, as well as developing spatial awareness and holistic body strength.
We aim to produce dancers that are aware, thoughtful and confident. Ready to face any and all of the challenges that may appear in the current dance industry.