Ballet Teaching Method

The Vaganova Method of ballet training is widely regarded as the best training system in the world.  Kate’s ballet classes are based on this method, yet adapted to Australian students.  Kate trained in the Vaganova method from age 16 onwards, first at the John Cranko-School in Germany, and later in professional companies.  In Melbourne, Kate studied the Vaganova pedagogical methods at the Victorian College of the Arts and subsequently studied under Nina Osipyan (Classical Ballet) and Alida Segal (International Character Dance), both of whom have been instrumental in her teaching development.  In 2012, she travelled on a ballet study tour to Moscow and St Petersburg, and was awarded a certificate in ballet pedagogy from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  She is also qualified in teaching the International Character Dance Syllabus and the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s examination syllabus.

Devised by Christine Walsh AM, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasises correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method. 

“Natural talents are great, but they don’t appear often enough to fill our theatres with good dancers. There has to be a method… ”

– Gabriela Darvish on the Russian method.