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The only authorized biography about the creator of the renowned Russian ballet curriculumfor the first time in English.The first English edition of the only authorized biography of Agrippina Vaganova 1897 1951 was originally published in Russian in 1989 It tells the story of one of the most important dance teachers of the 20th century, who created a system of teaching ballet that spread throughout the former Soviet Union and beyond.Vaganova rose through the ranks to become a ballerina in the Imperial Ballet during the last days of Tsarist Russia After the Revolution of 1917, she became a teacher and transformed the St Petersburg Leningrad School of Ballet into a premier institution She also served as the artistic director of the Kirov Theater.Written by a direct eyewitness to many of the described incidents, someone who knew Vaganova intimately, the biography is a window into the personality and thinking of this great teacher It vividly recounts the training and individual styles of such world renowned ballerinas as Marina Semyonova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Galina Ulanova, and Tatiana Vecheslova, and it offers a unique insight into the world of classical ballet during the era of Tsarist Russia and the early Soviet years....

Title : Vaganova: A Dance Journey from Petersburg to Leningrad
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ISBN : 0813028310
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : University Press of Florida 1st edition June 30, 2005
Number of Pages : 320 pages
File Size : 573 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Vaganova: A Dance Journey from Petersburg to Leningrad Reviews

  • Robert DeLay (Dance Enthusiast)
    2019-03-07 09:07

    What a great book! As a dance enthusiast, I was excited to read about this remarkable woman in this translation of a biograpgy written by the Russian ballet critic and historian Vera Krasovskaya. Agrippina Vaganova was one of the most important dance teachers of the 20th century and was almost single-handedly responsible for preserving the Russian classical ballet tradition during the Soviet years. Her book, "Basic Priniples of Classical Ballet" is still a sourcebook for classical dance training. This is not an academic biography, but an intimate account of Vagananova's childhood in imperial russia, her time as a dancer in the imperial ballet theater (precursor to today's famous Maryinsky Ballet), and her evolution into the famous ballet teacher of many of the Russian star ballerinas of the Soviet Era. I really enjoyed the detailed accounts of the ballets, some famous, some now lost that were performed in russia during the twentieth century. I would recommend it for all ballet enthusiasts and professionals, and lovers of russian culture.

  • L.K. Jones
    2019-02-22 09:14 please be advised, you list this title as "by Lynn Garafola." This is incorrect: This book was authored by Vera Krasovskaya. Lynn Garafola didn't write, research nor compile the data in this book. She also didn't execute the translation; she merely edited the final draft. Please note and make this correction, thank you.