Ballet Methods & Technique


The Russian Vaganova technique is named after and derived from the teachings of Agrippina Vaganova, who was the artistic director of the Kirov Ballet for many years. In the Vaganova method, the dancers bring attention to their hands as the hands do not flow invisibly from one position to the next as in the Cecchetti method, the hands will get left behind and turn at the last moment. This is where the "flapping" look comes from that many dancers make with their hands. In the Vaganova method the exercises for each level are not set like they are for the RAD. Each teacher choreographs his or her own classes according to guidelines given to them and the students dance that class in their examinations.


The School of American Ballet teaches the Balanchine method. Created by George Balanchine in the American School of Ballet, the Balanchine method allows dancers to dance Balanchine's choreography much more easily than other dancers can. The Balanchine method is also commonly associated with the New York City Ballet. In the Balanchine method the hands are held differently again from any of the other systems. The overall illusion of the Balanchine method is that dancers are utilizing more space in less time, so that speed, height, length and a syncopated musicality are created.

Specific characteristics include:

  • Extreme speed and very deep plié
  • Emphasis on line, with use of unconventionalarm and hand placement
  • Pirouettes en-dehors taken from a lunge in 4th, rather than the conventional plié in 4th
  • Distinctive arabesque line with the hip open to the audience and the side arm pressed back
  • Athletic dance quality


The Cecchetti technique has been developed from the teachings of the great ballet master Enrico Cecchetti by the Cecchetti Society. It is a full syllabus designed to train dancers for professional work. One notable emphasis in the Cecchetti syllabus is that the arms flow and blend from position to position more than any other technique. It is the Cecchetti technique that formed the core of the program at the National Ballet School of Canada for many years, but they have now changed to the Russian technique.

RAD (Royal Academy of Dance)

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is a UK based examination board that specialises in dance education and training, including classical ballet. The RAD was founded in London, England in 1920 as the Association of Teachers of Operatic Dancing, and and was granted a Royal Charter in 1935. HM Queen Elizabeth II is patron of the RAD, with Darcey Bussell elected to serve as President in 2012, succeeding Antoinette Sibley who served as President for 21 years.

The RAD was created with the objective to improve the standard of ballet teaching in the UK and, in pursuit of that goal, a new teaching method and dance technique was devised for the Academy by a group of eminent European dancers. The RAD is one of the largest dance organisations in the world with over 12,000 members in 79 countries,including about 7,500 who hold Registered Teacher Status.There are currently about 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the RAD, and each year about 250,000 candidates enter RAD examinations worldwide.  RAD exams are recognised by the national qualifications regulators of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with selected exams also carrying a UCAS tariff towards university admission. The RAD is also a validated awarding body of the Council for Dance Education and Training.

What Ballet Method & Technique Dance Prodigy Studios Utilizes

We follow the RAD curriculum for our Ballet level I-Advanced classes to create a consistent balance from instructor to instructor but also utilize the flexibilty of the Vaganova method when we approach our class structure.  We will also incorporate some of the arm and body placement from the Balanchine method in our more advanced ballet and pointe classes.

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