Akhmedova Ballet Academy
Akhmedova Ballet Academy
The Akhmedova Ballet Academy is dedicated to providing the finest quality ballet training through the use of personal and artistic mentoring of young dancers enabling them to become strong, healthy, and fully developed artists for the 21st century, prepared to take their places in major dance companies around the world.
The Professional Training Program at the ABA utilizes the Vaganova Method. In the 1940’s, Agrippina Vaganova devised her own method of classical ballet training, fusing the best elements of French, Italian and other methods as well as influences from other Russian dancers and teachers. At the time, her work was focused on developing the capability and skills necessary for the dancer to perform a classical pas de deux. Were she to be teaching today, she would need to consider the demands of more contemporary choreography as well. One could postulate that she would again look to the best practices of ballet training of the day as well as influences from complementary disciplines to enhance her method.
It is with great humility and deference to tradition that we continue the great work of Aggripina Vaganova. Madam Akhmedova, herself a Professor of Choreography and Teaching in the Vaganova System, utilizes classical Vaganova training methods supplemented with best practices for strength and flexibility training to better prepare her students for both classical and contemporary choreography. So much more is known today about the health of dancers than was available in Vaganova’s time, thus studio training is supplemented with personalized positive strategies for nutrition and injury prevention. Students participate in diverse workshops focused on both classical and contemporary choreography. In addition, the students’ artistic sensibilities are developed by attending professional performances with Mme. Akhmedova, and through discussion of assigned reading, videos and reviews.
In practice, Mme Akhmedova utilizes a model that she terms “semi-private training”, in which class size does not exceed six students, She and her teachers are able to provide the personal attention and correction that each student needs to grow as an artist, while allowing students to learn from the example of others as in larger classes. In addition, the model includes a private component in which the teacher works one-on-one with each student for a period of time each week.