Cygnets Studios takes pride in teaching the classical Russian Vaganova method which is a system of ballet training that has created many of the worlds greatest dancers of the Bolshoi, Kirov and Royal Ballets. Famous graduates of the Vagonova Academy include Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Anna Pavlova and Svetlana Zakharova.
The method was originally developed by Aggrippina Vaganova based upon the teachings of the Imperial Ballet of St Petersburg fused with elements of traditional romantic French technique and the virtuosity of Italian ballet. The method is a strict regime focussed on the entire body movement to create greater expressive range with precise technique. Unlike other methods, Vaganova is considered to be injury free and therefore ideal for all standards of ballet students from begginers to advanced.
In our experience we have found that both English and European ballet academies greatly value the elegant form and technique of Vaganova with many of our students readily offered scholarships at leading schools.
Ukrainian ballerina Nataliya Lebedyeva teaches Vaganova ballet.
As a second generation Vaganova student Nataliya started learning ballet in Ukraine at the age of four and graduated from the Odessa Ballet School under the tuition of Elvera Karovaeva, a student of Aggripinna Vaganova. Her experience as a professional ballerina who has spent her entire life dedicated to the art uniquely places her to teach at an exceptionally high standard. Nataliya is a qualified teacher and NATD member, who has taught Vaganova method in the UK since 2004 for a number of dance studios, nursery & primary schools, charities and ballet companies.
During this time Nataliya has choreographed and staged many ballets including Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Les Sylphides and Coppelia to name but a few.