Russian Ballet Method

The teaching method was created in Russia in the 1930s by former Imperial ballerina Agrippina Vaganova, the Vaganova method is what most exemplifies ballet today. Following her 19-year career with the Imperial Ballet, Vaganova taught at the Imperial (later Leningrad Choreographic, now Vaganova) Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Russian method is focused on a slow, gradual technical procession. Students begin repeating simple tendus and plies, mastering every aspect of these essential elements before moving on.

The Russian School has produced such great dancers and choreographers as Michael Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova , Rudolf Nureyev, George Balanchin, Irina Kolpakova, Galina Mezentseva, and Maya Plisetskaya.

The Roudnev Youth Ballet syllabus was developed based on Russian/Vaganova method and Dmitri Roudnev’s experience as a student of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet Company in Moscow Russia.

The training develops clean technique that promotes elongated non-bulky muscles, high extensions and beautiful posture. Featuring uncomplicated barre exercises with correct tempos, many small/medium jumps and exciting Grande Allegro combinations

Our fun and imaginative classes are conducted by professional, caring teachers who use a wide musical repertoire of both classical and children’s music.

Studio Address

60 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117

Roudnev Ballet Studios are located within the Buckman Performing Arts Center.

Mailing Address

Roudnev Youth Ballet
4728 Spottswood Ave., #250
Memphis, TN 38117

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