Agrippina Vaganova -Esmeralda 1910 (1879-1951)

Agrippina Vaganova -Esmeralda 1910

George Balanchine (Balanchivadze) (1904-1983)

George Balanchine (Balanchivadze) (1904-1983)

On each episode Megan answers YOUR questions each and every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s question come from:

Sonya who wants to know Megan’s thoughts on the Vaganova method of ballet technique versus Balanchine’s style?

The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951).

Balanchine’s style has been described as neoclassic, a reaction to the Romantic anti-classicism, (which had turned into exaggerated theatricality) that was the prevailing style in Russian and European ballet when he had begun to dance. (excerpt from NYCB website)

NCYB on Balanchine

Megan dives in deep and educates us on both techniques – a GREAT educational episode!

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