Space that we reserve for any student who stands out for his attitude, his work, or for any achievement that deserves to be shared with others.
I started at Carmen Senra's ballet school when I was 11 years old at the same time that I was doing basketball at my school. The following year I quit basketball and entered the Carmina Ocaña and Pablo Savoye ballet school that I had heard so much about. I already noticed the change during the first days, since my level was very low.
Thus, month after month, I was improving with the classes of María López in initiation, Elisa del Campo and Carmina Ocaña. I went through intermediate classes and little by little I went from a child who barely knew how to perform a tandu to greatly developing both my body technique and my mind through corrections.
However, apart from all the good things, I also had the occasional sprain, but thanks to the support of my family and the teachers I was able to overcome those situations.
After years of hard work, I realize how grateful I am to Carmina and Pablo for guiding me on this long path, especially with my selfish knees and shoulders that cover most of the corrections, and for motivating and encouraging me in each class.
Thanks to all this, I have finally been accepted into a ballet school as important worldwide as the Vaganova Academy, so I feel enormously satisfied and happy.
... "At my graduation performances from the Vaganova school, I had the opportunity to be seen by the director of the Mariinsky, Yuri Fateev. Who invited me to join his company, in which I have been working since November 2018.
During the first year I have been dancing so much, as I never would have ever thought. At the Mariinsky we have about 5 or 6 performances a week, and more or less, every two days we change ballet, which gives a lot of variety and attraction to the repertoire. With ballets of more classical repertoire such as Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda ... as well as ballets of exclusive Russian tradition such as The Bakhchisarai Fountain, Legend of Love, Shurale ... which have surprised me very positively, making me know a repertoire that combines ballet with the Russian dance that I like so much; I have also been able to dance a contemporary piece by the choreographer Yuri Smekalov, Contrabass Symphony, in which I had the honor of having to lift and carry the great dancer Viktoria Tereshkina.
I have been renewed for the 19/20 season, in which I hope to expand my repertoire at the Mariinsky, as well as continue enjoying the experience and learning that comes with working in the theater of great dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Kimin Kim, Faruj Ruzimátov, Leonid Sarafanov, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina among others. "
Vaganova Ballet Academy
The Vagánova Academy of Ballet is one of the most famous and influential classical ballet schools in the world. At different times it has been known as the Imperial Ballet School, Leningrad State Choreographic Institute and other names; the one in this article is current.
Established in 1738, the academy is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia and is named in honor of renowned pedagogue Agrippina Vagánova, who developed the method of classical ballet instruction that has been taught at the school since the 1920s. Among the graduates The school includes some of the most famous dancers, choreographers, and teachers in history, and many of those who run ballet schools around the world have adopted elements of the Vagánova method in their own instruction.
The Vagánova Academy of Ballet is the associated school of the Mariinsky Ballet and many students of the school later dance in the best companies in the world, such as, in addition to the aforementioned, the Bolshoi Theater, the Royal Ballet, the American Ballet Theater or the Teatro Mikhailovsky.
The school was established as the Imperial Theater School by decree of Empress Anne of Russia on May 4, 1738 with the French Ballet Master Jean-Baptiste Landé as its director. The first classes occupied empty rooms in the Winter Palace and the first students were twelve boys and twelve girls. The purpose of the school was to form the first professional dance company in Russia, leading to the formation of the Imperial Ballet, the direct predecessor of the current Mariinsky, considered one of the best in the world, with the Vagánova Academy as its associated school.
Almost all of the first teachers in the school were from Western Europe, including Franz Hilferding and Giovanni Canzianni and the first Russian, Ivan Valberg. After the expansion of ballet in Europe, the development of the school was influenced by various other teachers and methods, including Johannson, Bournonville, and those of Italian methods such as Enrico Cecchetti, Pierina Legnani, and Carlotta Brianza. Other renowned 19th century dancers and ballet masters who taught and influenced development at the school include Charles Didelot, Jules Perrot, Arthur Sant-Léon, Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa, and Michel Fokine.
Since 1836 the school has been located on Rossi Street in Saint Petersburg.
In the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Imperial School was dissolved by the Soviet Government and later re-established on the same site as the Leningrad State Choreographic School. The Imperial Ballet was also dissolved and re-established as the Soviet Ballet. The company was renamed the Kirov Ballet, in homage to Sergei Kirov, a Bolshevik assassinated in 1934. Although it is now called the Mariinsky, the company is still known as the Kirov Ballet by many Western spectators and uses this name on its international tours.
Today, the Vagánova Ballet Academy has more than 300 students. Like other similar institutions, the competition for a place in the school is very great, with more than 3000 applicants each year, 300 of them are from Saint Petersburg. Approximately 60 students are selected annually, for only 25 final graduates. The School employs approximately 75 dance teachers, 30 piano teachers, 40 academics, and 40 assistants.
The director is Nicolai Tsiskaridze and the artistic director is Zhanna Ayupova.
Some famous graduates: