Full name: Vaganova Ballet Academy
Acting rector: Nikolai M. Tsiskaridze
Official site: https://vaganovaacademy.ru/academy-eng/
Phone: +7 (812) 456-07-65
Address: 2, Rossi Street (ulitca Zodchego Rossi), St. Petersburg 191023
Admission help: +7 (812) 456-07-65 (доб. 224)
Metro station: Nevsky Prospekt
Students are provided with dormitory
Vaganova Ballet Academy
On May 4th, 1738 in St. Petersburg, the young capital of Russia, an event took place which was to have a great significance to the culture of the world. By Imperial Decree of Empress Anna, the first Russian School of Theatrical Dance was founded. Known as the Imperial Theatre School, it was established through the initiative of the French ballet master and teacher Jean-Baptiste Land'.
Throughout its history, the Vaganova Ballet Academy has endeavored to preserve and enhance the best traditions of the classical heritage. The Academy is justly renowned for its excellence, and international dignitaries, celebrities and royalty make a point of visiting the Academy when they visit St. Petersburg. Among those are: Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II, Princess Margaret and Prince Michael, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Grand Duchess Leonida, Prince Golitsin and Count Vasilchikov.
Today the Academy has 340 students, and competition for a place at the School is fierce. Throughout the school year, thousands of children apply for consultations with our ballet staff to assess their suitability for acceptance. Of these, approximately 70 are accepted. Even then, the training is extremely difficult, and only 30 or so students actually complete the studies. Those who persevere join the leading ballet companies in Russia and abroad.