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In August 2015 Ballet Heritage proudly presented its inaugural Summer Academy in the illustrious home of classical ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Students arrived both nervous and excited at what lay ahead.  The opportunity to be taught by some of the most illustrious ballet stars the world has ever seen made it hard for them to relax, but they need not have worried, as all of Ballet Heritage's teachers are used to excited students, which they quickly put at their ease.  The atmosphere is always friendly, but there is an expectation which has to be fulfilled and that is that the students work hard, taking every piece of knowledge and skill home with them at the end of the Summer Academy.  The inaugural students did not let us, or themselves, down.  They worked hard, they listened, they asked questions, they gave a lot of respect to their teachers and in return their teachers gave their all.   They were delighted with their students and praised them or making the most of their time with Ballet Heritage.  

We promised the Summer Academy would be an annual event, featuring an intensive training programme for students from the age of 12, who currently attend ballet schools and we are delighted to now be organizing our third Summer Academy.

Many of our teachers will return again, plus a few new faces will join us.  We hope that we will be able to say the same about the student dancers and student teachers, we hope to see familiar faces whilst welcoming new ones too.  

Once again a cultural programme will be included alongside the ballet programme, introducing participants to the cultural life and sights of St. Petersburg, with further optional events available.  We are also offering the 'teach the teachers' programme.

The teachers who will be providing these classes are all teachers who have received their teaching diplomas as teachers at the Academy of Russian Ballet named after A.Y. Vaganova. They will be providing a three-week intensive course where current teachers of classical ballet from outside Russia will have an opportunity to be introduced to the Vaganova system of teaching, or will build on the knowledge they already have. All participants will receive a certificate showing they have undertaken a course on the Vaganova method.

By popular demand in the summer of 2017 we will offer two sessions of the programme and both sessions will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia. The dates of our first session July 17 – August 5 and the second session 7 – 26 August. To participate in the dancers’ programme students must be at least 12 years old and for the teachers’ programme, at least 18 years old. Programmes for both ballet students and ballet teachers will run side by side and will take place six days per week. The format for the programme will be that classes will commence after breakfast, will break for lunch and continue with 1-2 classes after lunch.

Following this, the inclusive cultural programme will take place in the afternoons and the evenings will be at leisure for students and teachers to pursue their own programmes. However, further optional excursions to the theatre, museums, etc., will be available via Ballet Heritage.

Students will be required to obtain a recommendation from their current ballet school, on the form supplied and must obtain full medical insurance to cover the time of their stay in Russia, at their own expense. Supporting materials to assist with visa applications will be supplied by Ballet Heritage.

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2017 Summer Academy Schedule

What is included in your package?


Cultural excursions


There will be a number of visits included in the Summer Academy package. It is envisaged that these will include the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Necropolis of Alexander-Nevsky Monastery, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Peterhof, as well as a sightseeing tour round St. Petersburg. However, Ballet Heritage reserves the right to exclude or replace these locations with other suitable alternatives.

Further optional events and excursions will be available at a later date.

The programme includes the following

Educational classes for ballet student or teacher
Accommodation
2 meals per day – breakfast and lunch
Transfers from and to the airport
Transfers to and from studios (if it is not in walking distance)

Cultural excursions – further optional excursions available at extra cost, for example for theatre or museum tickets.

 

Course Fees:

Ballet Students: US$ 2,950.00
Teachers: US$ 3,250.00
Parents: US$ 2,650

Custom packages for parents who are coming for less then 21 days. Ask for details.

The Parent’s Package includes the following:

Class observations (Monday-Saturday) 
Final Performance
Reception after final performance
Accommodation
2 meals per day – breakfast and lunch
Transfers from and to the airport
Transfers to and from studios (if not in walking distance)
Cultural excursions – further optional excursions available at extra cost, for example for theatre or museum tickets
Visa support letter


 

DRESS CODE:

Ladies:

• Leotards:

• Age 12-13 - blue leotards
• Age 14-15 - burgundy leotard
• Age 16+ - black leotards

• Black unitard with leggings and footless
• Black longer skirt, covering knees
• Black socks (for modern dance)
• Pink tights
• Pointe shoes

 

Gentlemen:

• Black, grey, white tights
• Black unitard without feet (for modern)
• White and black socks
• White and black T-shirt
• Character shoes (for character dance)
• White and black sleepers (for classical/variation /pas de deux classes)

• Please bring a comfortable cloth for a stretching class (like for a modern class) and a towel.

For further information, e-mail: admin@balletheritage.com or fill in the form provided under "Contact us" and we will send you an application form by return.
Ballet Heritage reserves the right to change any elements of the Summer Academy, including but not limited to staff, location of classes and accommodation, excursions, etc. In the event that this is necessary, alternative arrangements at an equivalent level will be offered.

 

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Meet the Faculty

Eldar

Professor Eldar Aliev
Artistic Director & Founder

Eldar Aliev was born in Azerbajan where he first studied ballet and graduated from Baku School of Choreography. In 1979 he started work with the world renowned Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre, rising through the ranks to Principal, continuing his career with the Company until 1992. During this time, through his talented interpretation of the roles he performed, he demonstrated his brilliant technical ability too. He danced the leading parts in the full repertoire of the Company, including some of ballet’s best loved roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, The Legend of Love, Le Corsaire, to name but a few.

With the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet Eldar danced in over 40 countries and on some of the most prestigious stages in the world including The Kennedy Center in Washington, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Paris Opera, The Rome Opera, La Scala in Milan and both Covent Garden and The Coliseum London. He was invited to appear as a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet and the Australian Ballet, giving even more ballet lovers a taste of his great artistry.

As a dancer, he has worked with some of the greatest choreographers and legends of our time: Yuri Grigorovich, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Alicia Alonso, Oleg Vinogradov and Vladimir Vasiliev, partnering some of ballets most outstanding ballerinas, such as Galina Mezentseva, Gabriella Komleva, Tatiana Terekhova, Sylvie Guillem, Amanda McKerrow and Altynai Asylmuratova.

In 1992 Eldar moved to the United States, settling in Indianapolis where he had been invited to join the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, later renamed Ballet Internationale. Before long he was asked to give up his role of Principal and take on the much bigger role as Artistic Director, where he turned the Company into a world-class touring company who delighted audiences in Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Beijing, Taipei and many other cities. At Ballet Internationale Eldar introduced his own choreography to the world, making a great impact with A Thousand and One Nights, as well as with his interpretations of some of the great classics, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Le Corsaire, Giselle and Don Quixote.

Always seeking new challenges, from 2006 he has been working throughout the world, as a consultant, taking on projects as artistic director, choreographer and ballet master sharing his talents with established and new talents throughout the industry. His work has been seen in Europe, Asia and America, where he has worked with companies from the Swedish Royal Ballet to the National Ballet of China, the Beijing Academy of Dance to the Teatro Massimo in Italy and many many more. He has worked in some of the greatest schools in the ballet world, including the Boston Ballet Academy, has lectured at Harvard University and Vassar College. He was a member of the jury of international ballet competitions in Prague, Seoul, New York, Beijing, as well as serving on many international juries including as Deputy Chairman of the jury at the 26th and 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna.
In 2015 Eldar was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Ballet Company at the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia and in 2016 as Ballet Master in Chief of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
In August of 2016 Eldar was appointed as the Director of the Academy of Russian Ballet named after A.Y.Vaganova in Vladivostok, Russia.
In June 2016 Aliev was awarded a title of the Honorary Professor of the State Shenyang Conservatory of Music in the People’s Republic of China for his contribution to the development in dance and dance education.
Eldar continues to bring his many talents to the ballet world and has decided to shares these with his own Summer Academy in St Petersburg, which had its inaugural season in 2015.



Eldar

Irina Kolpakova
technique & variations

One of the 20th centuries most talented ballerinas, Irina Kolpakova studied under one of ballet’s most prestigious teachers, founder of the Vaganova method in St. Petersburg, the wonderful Agrippina Vaganova herself.

Irina is the embodiment of all that ballet wishes to be. Her dance was distinguished by the ideal form, crystal purity of lines, striking lightness. Her style of dance mirrored perfectly her personality and disposition. It has been said that ‘her perfect art is calm, without any pathos and strain, convincing us that the ideals of kindness, love, beauty are eternal’.

The virtuosity that Irina Kolpakova displayed often surpassed other performers and her interpretations of major roles of the classical repertoire, including Giselle, Raymonda, La Sylphide, Masha (Clara) in the Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, were all danced with an unparalleled understanding of Petipa’s style and Tchaikovsky’s music which all contributed to her quick rise to Prima Ballerina.

Her talents continued to blossom when she took on new roles with contemporary choreographers, such as Yuri Grigorovich, Igor Belsky, Leonid Yakobson, Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyev, creating roles from Shirin in the Legend of Love and Katerina in the Stone Flower, to Eve in the Creation of the World.

In more recent times, Irina has shared her unique experience with young dancers, as ballet mistress and coach at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and Ballet Internationale. Throughout her career this exceptionally talented dancer has won many prizes and accolades, amongst them the prestigious People’s Artist of the USSR and the highest award of recognition by her government.



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Vladilen Semenov
technique & variations

A graduate of Leningrad Choreographic School (now the Vaganova Academy) from the class of Vladimir Ponomarev, from 1950 to 1972 Vladlen as a Principal dancer at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre. He was known as a slender dancer with a proud bearing and elegant manner. His light and airy jumps much admired, leading to him becoming one of the main performers of the roles of noble heroes. Vladlen was taller than the norm at the time, but this became an absolute advantage when he danced duets, making the ballerina look especially fragile and feminine. He used these natural qualities to form an expressive, emotional and inspired performance, which was noted and praised by the ballet critics at the time.

A classical dancer of the purest academic standard and a ‘pas de deux’ master, he became the desired partner of many ballerinas. However, it was Irina Kolpakova, who captured his heart and not only became his dancing partner, but his wife too. Their duets were acclaimed across Russia, as well as abroad. Vladlen began teaching at the Vaganova Academy whilst still at the peak of his dance career and this continued until 1998 when he moved to the USA to join Ballet Internationale as ballet master and coach. Vladilen Semenov talents were recognised in his homeland and he was awarded People’s Artist of the USSR in 1983.

 



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Nikita Shcheglov
technique & variations

Nikita Shcheglov joins Ballet Heritage for the Summer Academy 2016. Born in St. Petersburg, Nikita joined the Mariinsky Theatre since 1991, when he graduated with honours from the Vagonova Academy and has been a soloist since 1997. He has been a guest in many locations, in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Argentina and Ireland. From 2000 - 2002 he extended his time overseas go dance as lead soloist with the Colorado Ballet Company and the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

​Nikita was awarded a diploma at the VIII International Ballet Competition (Moscow, 1997) and now joins us to teach Technique and Variation Classes.

 

 

 



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Professor Ludmilla Safronova
classical ballet teaching methods

Professor Ludmilla Safronova, Professor at the Vagonova Academy, who so kindly agreed to join us at short notice last year, has now agreed to continue as a member of the Faculty and we are delighted that she has done so..

Another former student of Agrippina Vagonova, Ludmilla is both petite and commanding and when asked what she expects from her students, she said "the soul has to shine through". A beautiful example of the wonderful St. Petersburg ballet tradition, her soul not only shines through, but her very being exudes the magic of ballet.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Veronika Ivanova
technique & variations

Veronika Ivanova was born in St. Petersburg, where she attended the Vagona Academy, graduating in 1985, having already won a silver medal in the All-Union Ballet Competition, which took place in Moscow in 1984. On graduation she joined the Mariinsky Ballet where she became a soloist in 1991.

Veronika is currently a Répétiteur at the Vaganova Academy, where she has been teaching since 2007. During her dance career she performed in many of the major houses, including Royal Opera House, the Opera de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro de Colon and La Scala. Her roles have included most of the classical repertoire, including Juliet, Giselle, Aurora, amongst many others.

She has also danced as a guest in Canada, Japan, Italy, Argentina, Ireland and Portugal.

We are delighted that Veronika will be teaching Technique and Variation classes for Ballet Heritage.

 

 



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Elena Poryvkina
technique & variations

Elena Poryvkina was born in Ekaterinburg and studied at the Vaganova Academy from 1981-1989. On graduation from the Vaganova, Elena joined the Choreographic Miniatures Ballet Company, where she worked from 1989-1997, where she danced many major roles, including Odile-Odette (Swan Lake), Medora (Le Corsaire), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Raymonda from the ballet of the same name, amongst others.

Following this she decided to widen her experience by performing in the USA with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, State Street Ballet and before returning home, with Cape Coast Ballet.

Returning back to St. Petersburg she decided to extend her studies and went back to the Vaganova Academy where she studied in the Pedagogical Department for five years, before taking up a teaching post with the Vaganova in 2007 and she now teaches classical dance to the junior classes and is a coach for the Graduation Galas.

She will teach Techniques and Variations at the Summer Academy.

 



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Mikhail Sivakov Pas de Deux

Mikhail Sivakov was born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad). He graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, where he studied under K. V. Shatilov. After graduation he was invited to work for the Maly Opera Theatre (now Mikhailovsky) as a soloist. During his career he danced almost all leading roles of the classical repertoire including Basil, Solor, Siegfried, Albert, Ali, Konrad, Jean de Brienne, etc., and from the modern era, the ballets of Nacho Duato. Mikhail is the winner of the international competition. Currently he is a principal dancer and teacher with the Mikhailovsky Theatre and teacher of the Vaganova Ballet Academy..

 



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Fyodor Lopukhov Jnr Acting

Fyodor Lopukhov Jnr was born in St. Petersburg and graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 1990. Fyodor is the grandson of F.M. Lopukhov, one of the 20th Century's most recognised choreographers and Fyodor continues this choreographic heritage not only reconstructing his grandfather's choreography, but also publishing books.

After graduating from the Vaganova Academy, Fyodor went on to dance at the Mariinsky Theatre from 1990-2015. During this time he also graduated from the St. Peterburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, where he has also taught since 2013 in the department of choreography.

Fyodor will teach acting at the Ballet Heritage Summer Academy.

 

 



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Natalia Netuzhiliova
Body Conditioning & Stretching

Natalia Netuzhilova graduated from the Leningrad State University (now St. Petersburg) in fine art in 1990, already holding an honorary title of Master of Sports in Rhythmic Gymnastics of the USSR. Using this expertise she has developed her skills in methods of teaching gymnastics for ballet dancers, preparing them for some of the most challenging roles in any classical repertoire. At St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University she honed her skills, graduating from the department of classic and therapeutic massage, enhancing this with further studies in psychology and pedagogy for teachers in higher education. From 1990-2014 she has taught gymnastics and body conditioning class at the Vaganova Academy and has taken part in conferences and seminars.

Natalia now joins Ballet Heritage at its Summer Academy to help fulfil requests received from both students and teachers that this year’s programme include classes on body conditioning and stretching. We are delighted to welcome her to the Faculty.

 



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Yelena Kuzmina
Improvisation Class

Yelena Kuzmina studied at the Vaganova Academy, graduating in 1989, where she extended her studies, further graduating in 2003 as a choreographer and ballet mistress.

On graduation in 1989, she joined the Boris Eifman Ballet Company, dancing first in the corps de ballet, then being promoted to a Principal in 1994. Boris Eifman created several roles especially for her and she danced leading roles in My Jerusalem, Tchaikovsky, The Karamazov’s, Red Giselle, Don Juan, Idiot, amongst others.

In 1999 Yelena was awarded the government award of Honoured Artist of Russia. In the same year she was awarded the highest theatrical award of a St.Petersburg Golden Sofit for her role of Ekaterina in the production of the Russian Hamlet.

Yelena is currently teaching Improvisation classes at the Boris Eifman Ballet Academy, creating her own choreographic works and teaching Master Classes. She joins Ballet Heritage for our Summer Academy, where she will teach the improvisation class.

 



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Yulia Smirnova
Character Dance

Yulia Smirnova started her studies at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1992 and graduated in 2000. Upon graduation she joined the Mariinsky Ballet, where she soon established her expertise as a character dancer, dancing solo character roles in Hungarian, Spanish and Mazurka dances in Swan Lake; the Fandango, Oriental and Gypsy Dance, as well as role of Mercedes, in Don Quixote; The Second Wife and Krakovyak in The Fountain in Bakhchisaray; Panaderos and the Hungarian Dance in Raymonda and many others.

Yulia is currently a Character Dance teacher at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and brings her skills and experience to benefit Ballet Heritage’s students at the 2016 Summer Academy.

 

Application

Teacher's Application Form

Terms & Conditions:

By submitting this form, you will be deemed to have accepted the following terms and conditions:

1. An individual application form must be completed for each individual student and, where applicable, accompanying parent.

2. Names must match passport exactly, so that visa support can be supplied to applicant.

3. All participants must have full medical insurance and other travel insurance is recommended. Ballet Heritage will not be responsible for any medical costs or any losses of any sort and participants must supply details of medical insurance before acceptance and visa support is supplied.

4. Full fees must be paid by May 30, 2017. After this time, fees will not be refundable, unless the course is cancelled, so cancellation insurance is recommended.

5. It is the responsibility of the participants, or for children their parent or legal guardian, to ensure that all their official documentation, especially passports, are up to date. Fees will not be refunded if documents are out of date.

6. If parents/guardians wish to accompany their children, they will be required to pay for a room solely for their use and that of their child. If they wish to upgrade the hotel, this can be arranged if notice is given at the time they confirm their booking.

7. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

Ballet Heritage will not be responsible for any losses resulting from refusal of visa for whatever reason, or any other difficulty resulting from out of date documentation.

8. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TEACHERS FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. HOWEVER, IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR ATTENDANCE, THE FEES PAID MAY BE PUT TOWARDS THE SUMMER ACADEMY 2018.

Student’s Application Form

Terms & Conditions::

By submitting this form, you will be deemed to have accepted the following terms and conditions:

1. An individual application form must be completed for each individual student and, where applicable, accompanying parent.

2. Names must match passport exactly, so that visa support can be supplied to applicant.

3. All participants must have full medical insurance and other travel insurance is recommended. Ballet Heritage will not be responsible for any medical costs or any losses of any sort and participants must supply details of medical insurance before acceptance and visa support is supplied.

4. Full fees must be paid by May 30, 2017. After this time, fees will not be refundable, unless the course is cancelled, so cancellation insurance is recommended.

5. It is the responsibility of the participants, or for children their parent or legal guardian, to ensure that all their official documentation, especially passports, are up to date. Fees will not be refunded if documents are out of date.

6. If parents/guardians wish to accompany their children, they will be required to pay for a room solely for their use and that of their child. If they wish to upgrade the hotel, this can be arranged if notice is given at the time they confirm their booking.

7. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

Ballet Heritage will not be responsible for any losses resulting from refusal of visa for whatever reason, or any other difficulty resulting from out of date documentation.

 

8. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL STUDENT AND TEACHERS FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. HOWEVER, IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR ATTENDANCE, THE FEES PAID MAY BE PUT TOWARDS THE SUMMER ACADEMY 2018. FOR PARENTS, PART REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE, SUBJECT TO A $250 CANCELLATION FEE, PLUS ANY OTHER PREPAID EXPENSES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID TO HOTELS, FOR TOURS, VISAS, ETC., AT THE TIME OF CANCELLATION.

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