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Books about the Vaganova Method (Russian)
These resources are available in the Music and Dance Library (HBLL 4th floor).
Days with Ulanova by An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Russian Ballerina ; written with Arnold L. Haskell.
Call Number: MD 1785 .U42 K33 1962
Publication Date: 1962
100 Lessons in Classical Ballet by The complete 8-year curriculum of Leningrad's famed Vaganova Choreographic School, which trained Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Makarova, including over 100 photographs. A volume which no teacher, scholar, or student of the dance can afford to miss. This translation by Oleg Briansky.
Call Number: MD 1788.5 .K67 L4713 1981
Ballet in the USSR by
Call Number: MD 1787 .L38 1943
Publication Date: 1943
15 page booklet gives a good overview of how ballet behind the iron curtain was perceived at the time by those outside of the Soviet Union.
Classes in Classical Ballet by This is one of the most celebrated manuals of classic dance instruction in the world. Messerer has gained an international reputation for his classes in classical technique-models of invention and well-rounded exercise, stressing both precision and fluid artistic control. Nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers illustrate the positions and steps indicated, and an introductory section by Messerer outlines his basic plan and philosophy of teaching.
Call Number: MD 1788 .M413 1975
Publication Date: 1975
Principles of Classical Ballet by Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. Offers dancers, teachers, and ballet lovers information often difficult to locate in other books. 118 illustrations.
Call Number: MD 1788 .V33 1969
Publication Date: 1969
Journal of Physical Education and Recreation by Willis-Aarnio, Margaret E. (Peggy), Classical Dance: A New Perspective
Journal of Physical Education and Recreation
Volume 48, Issue 1, January 1977
Call Number: GV 201 .J6
Publication Date: 1977
Pas de Deux by The original book was created for the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. This expanded edition contains new text, sketches, and photographs that describe 32 new poses and lifts, along with new information about strengthening exercises and balance points.
Earlier edition : MD 1788.2 .P37 S4713 1979
Call Number: MD 1788.2 .P37 S4713 2000
Publication Date: 2000-06-29
Vaganova method videos
See the Music Desk on HBLL level four for DVDs.
Children of Theatre Street This Oscar-nominated documentary, narrated by the legendary Princess Grace of Monaco, tells the story of Russia's famous ballet academy, the Kirov School, that produced some of the greatest dancers in the history of ballet, such as Nijinsky, Pavlova, Nureyev.
Call Number: MD 1786 .L46 C54 2004 DVD
Publication Date: 1977
Classical Ballet Lesson by Includes a brief history of the Russian teaching method. Demonstrated by prima ballerina Galina Mezentseva, with additional demonstrations (in advanced level) by Elena Shokhina).
Also available on VHS: MLL VHS 256 vol. 1-6
Call Number: MD 1788.5 .W55 C52 1993 vol.1-8 DVD
Publication Date: 1993-2002
Vaganova Ballet Classes by Features an authentic Vaganova Ballet Class at the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Call Number: MD 1785 .V33 C52 2005 DVD
Publication Date: 2006