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on 1 July 2000
This text book a marvellous encoding of Vaganova's methodology. The 'grammar', if you like, of the Soviet ballet style. A style, it would appear, from recent Kirov outings, long gone from St. Petersburg these days.
You can't teach from this book, as there was more to Vaganova and the Soviet style than can be encapsulated in a book. The whole framework of the school is there, but it does require a 'key' to unlock it, and that's only handed down from pupil to teacher. I mean, you're not going to read this book everyday for seven years and do class everyday and suddenly turn into Irina Kolpakova. [Kolpakova was Vaganova's last pupil.] Still less can you say: "I teach the Vaganova method" and walk into class with this book under your arm. But, alas, plenty of teachers in the US and the UK seemingly do. This book helps to illuminate your way if you already know where you are going.
But it's a minefield if you don't.
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on 22 January 2010
The only thing that is wrong with this book is that it ends. Exceptional and to the point explanations of exercises as well as explanation about the reasons behind the choice of style for the vaganova method, which is of huge value even if you are learning or teaching through a russian school. Not suitable for very young dancers but for about grade 5/6 upwards and teachers of all levels, you will LOVE and treasure this book.

I would also recommend books by Joan Lawson if you are interested in this book.
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on 22 February 2009
Book was delivered in excellent condition and was packed full of pictures and text details on the movement. Extremely educational and has helped my dance. Also helps that it fits into a handbag...it's that compact. Definitely recommended read for avid ballerinas.
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on 11 June 2013
The descriptions of ballet moves are good but the illustrations are small and not always much help. The book was delivered from America so it did take a while to arrive but was in excellent condition, very good value.
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on 4 February 2013
Concise, clear, simple but not easy. Beauty of Russian ballet technique outlined and carefully explained in one book.
Madame Vaganova's Opus Magnum, amust read for a ballet student.
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on 17 September 2014
A super book, from one ballet's greats. An easy to read book, which is not too long. Contains straight-forward explanations of the Russian way of teaching ballet.
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on 2 June 2000
The soviet system of ballet teaching was codified by her. This book outlines her basic ideas and is a standard text of the teaching system which bears her name and is in use today.
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on 6 August 2000
This is the method I teach, it's the only one worth bothering with. It's got all the exercises there and no fussy things like diets for your students. Just good plain hard fashioned work. I'm a personal friend of nearly everyone in the ballet world and everyone says this really is the only method to go with.
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