duckie9876 Posted November 11, 2002 Report Share Posted November 11, 2002 Just wanted more information about the Vaganova method of teaching ballet. I know that there are various syllabi out there and that some teachers teach a combination of RAD, Cecchetti or Vaganova. However, I just wanted to know what the difference really is? (Aside from the obvious fact that Vaganova is Russian and the rest are either Italian or French, or English). I noticed that in the Gail Grant book (Technical Manual of Ballet), the positions are different and the terms are slightly different at times. Even the methods of going en pointe are different. (rolling through versus "springing up"). Given a choice, is it better to follow a particular method rather than the hodge-podge of various teaching methods? There is one place close to me that teaches Vaganova, but I can't find any other place that teaches any other syllabus. In addition, Vaganova claims that the method results in fewer injuries. What advantage does following a syllabus really have other than standardization? As an adult dancer with several years of ballet, I find that I still don't know the differences and am wondering if I should. I am not thinking of dancing professionally, but I do want to learn as much as I can about ballet as I am quite fascinated with the different teaching methods and would love to know more. Can anyone sum it up for me? Quote Link to comment
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