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training in Russian ballet schools
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Author:  aude [ Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:25 am ]
Post subject:  training in Russian ballet schools

My 14 year old daughter who is studying classical ballet would like to go to Russia for a period of two weeks or slightly longer during a school holiday (maybe next summer) to study alongside Russian ballet students.
Does anyone know of a reputable school that offers places short term for foreign students?

Author:  vaganova [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:33 pm ]
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I attended a program called 'Dance Open' in St Petersburg a few years ago and had a wonderful time. They have a program every spring, about a week long, and offer masterclasses everyday and a gala performance at the end. The participants were mostly from the US and Europe. As far as I know, they also have a summer program.

Hope this helps!

Author:  aude [ Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:56 am ]
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Hi Vaganova,
Sounds great! Do you happen to know who organises it as I've searched on google and can't find any info on 'open dance' st Petersburg.

Author:  Gina Ness [ Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:22 pm ]
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Hello, aude...I don't know personally whom to contact for information, but here is a link to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. This, I believe, is considered to be a very good school focusing on Vaganova syllabus. Perhaps you might be able to contact them and get some information about summer programs, either with them or in Russia...

Author:  vaganova [ Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:28 pm ]
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Hi Aude,

The website is

I, too, recommend contacting the Kirov Academy of Ballet.

Good Luck!

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