dancing4grace Posted August 14, 2008 Report Share Posted August 14, 2008 This is my first post so I totally apologize if I'm doing this incorrectly or am in the wrong place! Please help me correct it if I am! My husband and I are at our wit's end and don't know where else to turn with this problem: Our DD just returned from a WONDERFUL SI, taught by an instructor who graduated from the Vaganova Academy and also taught at the Vagonova Academy (so is obviously well trained in the technique!). Our DD absolutely LOVED the program and the technique, and was excited to show her instructors what she learned when she came home (her teacher at home uses a semi-Vaganova technique). Our DD has been in tears after every class and is totally confused because her instructor at home is ripping apart everything she learned this summer. In particular, her instructor said that the Vagonova method of turnout is not used anymore because it's "cheating" (to get better leg extension) and will destroy the dancer's hips by the age of 21. She said that "every kinesiologist knows that the Russian method of turnout will permanently damage the dancer's body" so it, and a lot of other things about the Vaganova technique (sorry, I'm not a dancer so I don't understand it all) are not taught or used anymore. Our DD loved her Russian instructors and wants to go back for their year-round program, but we don't know who's right and who's wrong here. Any help? Quote Link to comment
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