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Artistic Director - Tatiana Stepanova

Founder and Artistic Director Tatiana Stepanova herself is a Prima Ballerina, having graduated from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. And now, some of Tatiana’s students from Canada have been selected to study full-time at the Bolshoi Academy. This is proof that Tatiana’s ballet training is second-to-none, since the Bolshoi only accepts a select few highly talented dancers from across the world each year.
Under the artistic direction of Tatiana Stepanova (Prima Ballerina, People’s Artist of Ukraine and Graduate of Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow) Stepanova Ballet Academy has become one of the premier ballet schools in Canada. Mme. Stepanova herself is a Prima Ballerina, having graduated from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. For many years she had a full career as the Principal Dancer for the renowned Odessa State Ballet Company in Ukraine, and has toured all around the world.  In addition to being a Prima Ballerina, Tatiana Stepanova also holds the multiple honors and awards including “People’s Artist of Ukraine” – and recently the “Queens Diamond Jubilee Award“ for outstanding contribution to Arts and Culture in Canada. Tatiana was invited to perform in the Gala performance honoring the almunae of Ballet Russes in New Orleans in 2000. This momentous reunion occasion was captured in a documentary film “Ballet Russes” released in 2005. Other film credits include Universal Pictures, the American Girl Film series (Girl of the Year: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight), Tatiana Stepanova, Ballet Choreographer.

Vaganova Method

The Vaganova Method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). Acknowledged as the foremost training syllabus of classical ballet, this extraordinary system incorporates the best techniques from French, Italian and Russian training methods. This notated and progressive training method involves the systematic study of all ballet movements by breaking them down into their separate elements and is characterized by flawless precision, attention to detail, ease of execution, emotion-evoking grace, and individual creativity. Dancers develop the knowledge of how one’s body should be used in order to dance with expression

Today the Vaganova Method is the most common method of teaching ballet in Russia. It is also widely used in Europe and in North America.

SBA & Vaganova Method:

Under the Artistic Direction of Tatiana Stepanova, Stepanova Ballet Academy is based on the principles set out by the Vaganova Method. This precise technique and system of instruction promotes the development of lower back strength, arm plasticity, and all the extra strength, flexibility and endurance needed for ballet.

 

  • Injury-free training emphasising the simultaneous development of both technical proficiency and individual artistry
  • Systematic study of all ballet movements by breaking them down in their separate elements.
  • Classically trained ballet dancers can go anywhere in the world and take class anywhere they choose.
  • Proper dance training can make it possible for a dance student to become a professional dancers and achieve their dream of dancing on stage. (See our student success stories)
  • Quality dance training, when continued for a number of years, gives the student confidence as well as the ability to dance properly.

Tatiana proudly uses the prestigious Russian Vaganova Method of instruction.

This precise technique and system of instruction promotes the development of lower back strength, arm plasticity, and all the extra strength, flexibility and endurance needed for ballet You’ll be able to see the benefits immediately in your child’s improved posture. In fact, the entire sculpting and toning of the body happens naturally with ballet.

Stepanova Ballet Academy has taught me the beauty and physicality of classical ballet. The Vaganova training is intense and pushes you to the very best of your abilities focusing on clean and strong technique. Madame Stepanova nurtures her students teaching them how to work smart and effectively. Alana

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