rockymtndancer Posted July 15, 2007 Report Share Posted July 15, 2007 I'm curious to know what you think the "practical" differences among Vaganova, Cecchetti, and RAD are: by practical, I mean, what are you likely to notice if you looked at three dancers from those styles in class, rather than the differences among the syllabi? I ask because I am taking classes in Vaganova style for the first time. Most of my training has been in ungraded RAD or a mix of RAD/Cecchetti. Now that I'm dancing again after 15 years, I'm finding that the "stylistic" elements are coming back most easily, such as port de bras, phrasing (hope that's the right way to describe it), etc, over some of the more technical things. But I notice a difference in my dancing compared to the other students, majority of whom have trained in Vaganova all along. For example, I was always taught that the arm in arabesque should be no higher than eye level, rather than lifted with a slight arch in the back. I carry my arms a bit higher (low enough to keep the shoulders down), no "breath" before going into a cambre back, toe at the knee or in front of the knee in passe/retire and never behind except in pique turns, etc. Simplicity was stressed over expression. I'm curious to know if these are essential differences among the styles, idiosyncracies in my training, or idiosyncracies of this particular teacher (a lot of the dancers began studying as adults with this particular teacher.) So far, the instructor has not said anything about it and seems relatively pleased with the way I go about things, so I'm not overly anxious to change things that are still so ingrained when I have so many technique problems to work on, unless they are definitely incorrect. I appreciate any input you can give me on the topic and apologize if this has already been addressed! I did a search and didn't find anything particularly relevant. Quote Link to comment
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