Russian Classical Ballet

 

Russian Classical Ballet

Classical Ballet is the foundation of all dance.

  The School of Greensboro Ballet is proud of its heritage and direct link to the Russian Ballet methodology and is pleased to know that its students are carrying on a tradition of training that makes them able to function at a high level in any ballet school anywhere in the world.

HISTORY OF BALLET: With its origins in the 15th century Italian Renaissance courts, it quickly spread to the French court. In the late 17th century Louis XIV founded the Académie Royale de Musique within which emerged the first professional theatrical ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet. The predominance of French in the vocabuary of ballet is a result of this history. The Imperial Ballet of the Russian Empire was founded in the 1740s and began to flourish, and in 1907 the Russian ballet moved back to France, where the Ballet Russes of Sergei Diaghilev and its successors were particularly influential.

The School of Greensboro Ballet is a Russian ballet based school. The teachers of the directors were all trained by Russian or Russian influenced American teachers. Here is the "family tree" of our Artistic Director, Maryhelen Mayfield: 

  • Maryhelen Mayfield
  • Tatiana Doukoudovska
  • Olga Prebajenska - grew up in Russia, later trained with Italian ballet, was also Agripina Vaganova's teacher (founder of the Vaganova Methond)
  • Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Enrico Cecchetti (all teachers of Prebajanska)

More information about The School of Greensboro Ballet's Classical Ballet program and its Curriculum for ballet classes is coming soon! Feel free to contact us for more information at 336.333.7480 or at greensboroballet@yahoo.com