"Ballet is a complex and technically challenging art form. Sending a child to a qualified ballet teacher is important to their health and safety. Our members are provided with opportunities for professional development that incorporates up to date information and scientific practices in kinesiology and dance pedagogy. Our syllabus has been carefully developed to ensure a steady, careful technical and artistic progression from one level to the next." - SRB
At the core of the Vaganova method is the conviction by Madame Vaganova that all theory must be enriched by the experience of teaching and new developments in artistic practice. Characteristics of the Vaganova method are precision, strength and flexibility, and breadth of movement, particularly in allegro work. The Society of Russian Ballet (SRB) was founded in Canada in 1975 to preserve and promote Russian styled training in classical ballet. Teachers must have certification from the Society of Russian Ballet in order to submit students for examinations.
The Society of Russian Ballet syllabus is comprised of five introductory levels for young children (Primary Level through Level Four), four levels for more experienced students (Levels Five through Eight) and five major levels for the serious student dancer (Pre-Elementary Level through Pre-Professional Level). Pointe work is included in the female syllabus from Pre-Elementary onwards. Specific work for male students is included throughout the syllabus.
Levels Primary through Four are comprised of a series of set exercises. This format changes quickly in the subsequent years of training. From Level Five onward, teachers are required to choreograph all exercises and combinations from the list of technical elements and their requirements for each syllabus level. Teachers are responsible for providing and selecting the appropriate music for their examination material. These unique features, among examining societies, ensure that teachers are not only creatively involved in their students’ growth, but their own development as well. In all levels teachers are given numerous options and choices in the presentation of syllabus elements.
We believe that all students should have a positive examination experience, giving them enthusiasm to continue their dance studies and a sense of accomplishment.
To know more about the Society and its syllabus please visit their website www.societyofrussianballet.org