VAGANOVA PROGRAM (7 yrs & above)

The Vaganova method is acknowledged as the number one training system for Classical Ballet. It has created some of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, choreographers and teachers: Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Rudolph Nureyev, Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Alina Somova and so many more. Through Vaganova training, students develop the necessary building blocks of beautiful, safe and correct technique and build up a solid foundation that allows the adding of different “styles” as a dancer matures.

Our program is based on the curriculum taught at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, aiming to help our students achieve their fullest potential and ability. We want students to develop an in-depth understanding of their bodies, performing artistry and maturity. Students have to prepare for an annual internal assessment, where they will perform in front of a panel of esteemed external examiners, comprising of current/former professional dancer and ballet masters/mistresses.

This program is tailored for students who are keen on performance and competition coaching, or who are interested to pursue Ballet further on a professional level.

We offer three levels in this program based on age*:

  • Vaganova I – Ages 7 – 9
  • Vaganova II – Ages 10 – 12
  • Vaganova III – Ages 13 & above

*This serves as a guideline for entry into the program. Students will be assessed and placed based on each individual’s potential and ability.

Students are required to attend twice a week Ballet classes. An additional Variation Technique class is optional.

Admission to our Vaganova Program is through audition only. For more information, enquire at

Vaganova I*
*choose 2 class timings
4.30 – 6.00 pm
4.30 – 6.00 pm
3.00 – 4.30 pm
11.15 – 12.45 pm
Ilya ShcherbakovTanglin
Vaganova IISaturday
1.00 – 3.00 pm
4.00 – 6.00 pm
Ilya ShcherbakovTanglin
Vaganova III + PointeFriday
6.00 – 8.00 pm
6.00 – 8.00 pm
Ilya ShcherbakovTanglin

Vaganova Character Dance

Character Dance is the stylised representation of a traditional folk or national dance which is integral to Classical Ballet training.

Students will learn Character Dance in Ballet classes, as taught in  Russian Ballet schools and experience different dance styles like Russian Dance, Hungarian Dance, Polish Mazurka and Polonaise, Arabian dance etc. This class aims to help our Vaganova students develop the beautiful dance quality and coordination required to become versatile dancers.

Variation Technique Class

This class gives students the opportunity to learn solo variations and work on the technique and steps required for solo variations.

Focus will be given on breaking down and working on the correct execution of steps as well as understanding and learning the different styles of each solo variation required.

Variation Technique
Class I + II
Thursday6.00 – 7.30 pmIlya ShcherbakovTanglin
Variation Technique
Class III
Monday6.30 – 8.00 pmIlya ShcherbakovTanglin

Have a pre-schooler? We prepare our children aged 5 – 7 for the Vaganova Program with 2 Pre-Vaganova class levels to establish a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Classical Ballet. Find out more here: