History of the Society

The World Renown Vaganova Method

In the first half of the 20th century Agrippina Vaganova made significant worldwide contributions to the theory and practice of contemporary ballet training. What has become to be known as the Vaganova Method is renown for its expressive coordination of port de bras and the upper body, and movement originating “from the body”. Characteristics of her method are also precision, strength and flexibility in the back, and breadth of movement, particularly in allegro work.

At the core of her method is the conviction by Vaganova that all theory must be enriched by the experience of teaching and new developments in artistic practice. “Look at life all around; everything is growing, everything is moving forward. Therefore I recommend…keeping in touch with life and with art”. The creative evolution of her ideas continue to this day, and are widely used by training institutions and professional ballet companies throughout the world.

The Society of Russian Ballet was founded in Canada in 1975 to preserve and promote Russian styled training in classical ballet. In the formative years the Society operated as a branch of The Society for Russian Style Ballet Schools, with its headquarters in England. In 1980, to serve the needs of Canadian teachers, students and dancers more effectively, the Canadian branch became the independent society we know today.

Examinations give encouragement and a sense of achievement to all students. For teachers, examinations present proof of expertise and an opportunity for feedback. For the parents they provide reassurance and an indication of their child’s progress. For the Society they aid in our promotion of high quality dance training.