A re-visit to "Measuring Success"

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Your question boils down to good teaching. Classical dance is different from Neo-classical dance. All dancers need to do classical, neo-classical, character and contemporary dance. Most professional ballet schools teach classical ballet as the basis for a future career in dance. The Balanchine Style is generally not taught outside of the USA. Therefore, the majority of dancers are not Balanchine trained. Most professional companies are dancing Balanchine, Petipa and others


There is a vast difference between the two choreographic styles of dance. The choreography can be danced by anyone who is trained in the vocabulary of dance. The difference is in how the choreography will look. The movements one learns in class becomes the movements of choreography. Speaking from personal experience, it was difficult to transition from a Balanchine training background to a more classical base. But, it is possible.


I would suggest you look into where the students of your school go after they finish their studies at your current school. If they are finding further study or jobs in companies with an inclusive repertoire, my guess is the training your DS is receiving gives the students an adequate background in ballet.


Their are quite a few training methods of classical dance. Vaganova is one of many. While Petipa, the father of our classical repertoire was choreographing, Vaganova schooling did not even exist. Vaganova schooling was developed in Soviet Russia, after the death of Petipa over a period of years by a group of former professional dancers who had a curiousity about and understood the importance of the breaking down of material to be introduced to students. Vaganova schooling is a living, breathing methodology that continues to be fine tuned. It is recognized by the methodology department of Vaganova Academy that the demands of choreography will always dictate the changes made in the teaching method.

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We are not "quite" there yet, but we are beginning to get close to walking away from the original focus to a new one. Let's remember that this thread is about "Measuring success" of a ballet program for evaulation's sake not questions specific to measuring only one type of program. Like I said, we are close but not yet there so let's make sure we keep the original topic (and reading the original link) in mind. :angelnot:


There are many threads to discuss specific schools or specific methods and stylings.

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Agreed. Onward with the topic at hand. :)

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