Have you ever wondered how Baryshnikov was made? Here's the REAL DEAL.
The world is drowning in a sea of misinformation about what classical ballet is and the correct way to teach it.
The good news is, this is your golden opportunity torise above the rest.
The True Method Teacher's Course™ is the world's first online academy to completely take the mystery out of teaching ballet.
We instruct in the exact, scientifically developed Teaching Method of Classical Dance. Our courses are taught by Professor Emeritus, Peggy Willis-Aarnio, a world-leading authority on The Teaching Method of Classical Dance in the direct, pedagogical lineage with Agrippina Vaganova, Vera Kostrovitskaya and John Barker.
Reserve your spot in the Fall 2014 Courses by clicking on the orange "Apply Now" button below!
A recent study showed that, on average, 50% of pre-professional ballet dancers are injured each year.*
75% of injuries are atraumatic and due to overuse. In other words, these aren't injuries because of tripping on stage or falling out of a lift... these are mostly academic injuries.
THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN. EV-ER.
Vera Kostrovitskaya (Vaganova's first assistant for nearly 3 decades, and the one who further detailed and completed her work to create the first and only teaching method entirely based on physiological, as well as aesthetic, principles) stated:
"It is insufficient instruction which produces injuries."
The big problem is that most ballet teachers have not studied teaching method at all. There are whole online forums dedicated to teachers discussing how to teach ballet. Yet, if you ask any given teacher for their opinion about something as basic as the correct execution of even the most basic step (such as plié) the answers will greatly differ from teacher to teacher.
That's a HUGE PROBLEM.
It would be a problem for ANY discipline if all the "experts" disagreed, but this is especially true in ballet when the goal of the classical ballet artist is to achieve mastery over a highly specific, codified set of movements!
The few who have studied teaching method have either studied OTHER methods which are not up-to-date and scientifically based, or have only been exposed to TINY bits and pieces of this method... They have not had access to this pure and complete information.
If they only had this knowledge, then there would be no academic injuries because, when implemented correctly, the Teaching Method of Classical Dance is designed to prevent injuries before they can even occur!
There is one simple solution to this problem. It is like a beacon of light guiding you to the heart and home of Classical Dance.
Vaganova's students, and the countless students of her pedagogical pupils, have proven the effectiveness of this teaching method, time and time again.
Why The True Method™
Teacher's Course vs. some other course?
Yeah, yeah, we know what you're thinking... you've heard it all before.
So many teachers and programs claim to teach the "Vaganova Method" or the "Russian Method" (neither is the proper name, by the way; this misunderstanding is a result of the mistranslation of the title of Vaganova's book into English).
But you smell something fishy in the water.
Especially when teachers all disagree about what this system is, how can you tell who really knows the truth?
The sad fact of the matter is, most people are confused the heck out.
Some people go to Russia to take a brief course for International students and receive a certification, which honestly is inadequate: these kinds of courses are purely an introduction to the syllabus and not nearly a complete education on how to teach, which is what is needed in order to understand and utilize this system properly.
Some people HAVE had access to this information, yet choose to mess with this perfect recipe by "making it their own" and teaching their own "half-baked" version. We don't do that. EVER.
What's even sadder, even though the great Russian schools still offer superior schooling to those of us who have ZERO method,
The Russians themselves have forgotten the details!!!!!
As the late world-famous dance critic, Clive Barnes, said:
“Russia has forgotten more than we ever knew."
In recent years (since the late 60's to be exact), the Vaganova Ballet Academy began adopting other “methods” (experimental ideas, really) which were already tried in Russia before, mostly by amateur teachers, and which were shown to fail… How confusing for the rest of us, who already know so little about it!
The good news is, we DO know the details and we will pass them on to YOU. How is that even possible? Read on...
Our pedagogical program gives you the competitive edge because of our unique pedigree– a direct pedagogical lineage to Vaganova herself.
We guarantee that what you learn in The True Method Teacher's Course™ is NOT an imitation, an alteration or even an incomplete picture of the method she founded.
That’s because our courses are taught by Professor Emeritus Peggy Willis-Aarnio, the pedagogical pupil of John Barker–the principal pedagogical student of Vera Kostrovitskaya, and the recipient of Vaganova’s legacy in the West.
Here's how this "pedagogical lineage" thing works:
Vaganova → Kostrovitskaya → Barker → Willis-Aarnio → YOU!
Each of the people listed above actually studied pedagogy (how to teach ballet to children– not just how to dance) extensively under the person before them. That means YOU TOO will be in a direct pedagogical lineage with Vaganova!! (Are you excited?? We're excited!!)
You see, this is so important because DANCING ballet and TEACHING ballet are two completely separate professions.
This lineage is also important because, for Barker alone, Kostrovitskaya wrote a much more detailed version of the syllabus than even what was published in her book, School of Classical Dance. When you enroll in The True Method Teacher's Course™ you get access to the most detailed syllabus, PLUS, unlike other courses, we will teach you exactly how to USE the syllabus in your classroom.
This is KEY to being able to train dancers the way Baryshnikov was trained.
In addition to explaining the syllabus in detail, Kostrovitskaya carefully taught Barker–a Westerner–all of the HUNDREDS of rules and THOUSANDS of details which comprise the method. She knew that Russia was already beginning to suffer from "the grass is greener on the other side of the border" syndrome, and she did not want this precious information to become lost.
Because when these details are lost, the syllabus loses it’s true meaning.
Think of the syllabus as a well-charted map, but the details of teaching method are like the compass. As many of us who have attempted to teach with only the "map" have come to realize, the syllabus without direction is useless to get a person from Point A to Point B!
So how can you tell who REALLY knows the Teaching Method of Classical Dance (and who is just a phony)?
Click here to download a FREE cheat sheet with 3 simple steps to determine who's who:
WHAT YOU GET when you enroll in
The True Method Teacher's Course™
Unlike other courses where information is thrown at you and you are expected to understand it on your own, our courses are very small, intimate gatherings of like-minded teachers where you are given the utmost personal attention.
Rather than simply watching a video alone, our online sessions are held LIVE and are highly interactive with Q&A sessions. Homework is not only assigned but is also critiqued so that you will have all the tools you need to create your own physiologically correct lesson plans.
With each online course, you will receive:
1st ClassSept. 28 - Nov. 2
Sundays from 12:00-4:30 PM CST.
In this 6-week course, you will learn how to teach the 1st Half of the Elementary Work for the Study of Classical Ballet (the first year and a half of the 8-year program).2nd Class Nov. 2 - Nov. 30
Sundays from 2:00-6:30 PM CST.
In this 5-week course, you will learn how to teach the 2nd Half of Elementary Work for the Study of Classical Ballet (the second half of year 2 and year 3 in the 8-Year Program).
We are only accepting a small number of students,
so these courses will fill up quickly.
Click on the orange "Apply Now" button below to let us know you are interested, and we will send you more info!
Peggy Willis-Aarnio is Professor Emeritus and on the Graduate Faculty at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She is an authority on Russian Classical Ballet and an internationally recognized dance historian, author, choreographer and teacher of teachers. As well as conducting educational activities throughout the year, she also hosts the Annual International Teacher's Congress and student ballet workshop. She is the first leading authority to conduct online teaching sessions, for the first time enabling anyone from virtually anywhere in the world to attend!
As one of the most dedicated students of Mr. John Barker, Peggy Willis-Aarnio became the “transmitter” of this invaluable information. After completing his courses many times over, Prof. Willis-Aarnio was discovered by the legendary prima ballerina of the Kirov Ballet, Galina Mezentseva, as one of the few teachers still alive today who understand this teaching method. Mezentseva was so impressed by the depth of Prof. Willis-Aarnio’s knowledge of this exact training, which she had received herself during her days as a student, that she got Prof. Willis-Aarnio an invitation to the Vaganova Academy in Saint Petersburg to obtain her qualification as a “teacher of teachers”, the highest qualification for a teacher of classical dance (1992, endorsed by Valentina Roumiantseva, head of the methodology department).
She is also the first American to choreograph new classical ballet works for major Russian ballet companies. Prof. Willis-Aarnio’s original choreography has been seen in over 400 cities in North America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, and in Europe, including Russia and Malta.
Prof. Willis-Aarnio is author of the educational video series, The Classical Ballet Lesson, demonstrated by long-time prima ballerina of the Kirov Ballet, Galina Mezentseva. She is the director and author of two CD sets, Music for the Classical Ballet Lesson (Series I and Series II) and author of the historical book, Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951): Her Place in the History of Ballet and Her Impact on the Future of Classical Dance (published in 2002 by Edwin Mellen Press, NY). She is now writing a new series of educational books for teachers, entitled How to Teach Classical Ballet (Book I and Book II have already been released). With her husband, Paul Aarnio, she is co-owner and founder of the Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Prof. Willis-Aarnio’s work over the past 40 years–through her teaching of thousands of students, her educational products and her international teacher’s congresses–has done much to prevent this precious information from becoming forgotten. Her life's work is doing everything in her power to carry on the proven procedure Vaganova began, which was Kostrovitskaya’s great wish before her passing. It was also Vaganova’s own wish for there to be teaching congresses held all over the world, and that wish has now come true through Prof. Willis-Aarnio’s pioneering online teacher’s courses!
Click here to read an endorsement by Vera Krasovskaya, the late internationally recognized ballet critic, historian, and writer on classical ballet, considered by many dance scholars to be the foremost authority on all aspects of Russian classical ballet.
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