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About Classical Dance Alliance and how it is

"Raising the Barre on Ballet Schooling®"

     Since 2002, Classical Dance Alliance, Inc. has brought world-class experts directly to the ballet and dance community through teacher"s courses, special events and festivals, working year round with many recognized world renowned specialists in Ballet Pedagogy, Ballet Mastering and the Art of Choreography. It was Agrippina Vaganova (1879 - 1951) who summed up the efforts of all of the teachers and ballet masters of her time when developing the "Teaching Method of Classical Dance" which most often today is called the "Vaganova Method" or "Vaganova"s Teaching Method". Vera S. Kostrovitskaya (1906 - 1979) was chosen by Vaganova to replace her and working with methods committees continued the classical ballet pedagogical tradition at the highest level. To emphasize and honor the significant contributions of the artists who helped to develop ballet as a fine art form, both before and after Vaganova and Kostrovitskaya, CDA chooses to use the term "Teaching Method of Classical Dance" instead of the "Vaganova Method".

     CDA provides comprehensive training in Ballet Pedagogy for teachers, ballet masters and choreographers based on Vaganova"s "Eight Year Program" and Kostrovitskaya"s accelerated "Six Year Program" as well as the adjunct courses: Historical Dance, Character Dance, Partnering, Acting for Dancers and Music for Ballet from the Classroom to the Stage. All courses are authentic, methodical, progressive and detailed. Starting in the Summer 2014, for the first time, courses are offered online with original, understandable, manuals and standard text references.

     In order to deliver programs and meet its mission, CDA coordinates and works with many well known individuals and institutions. Past guest teaching artists have included: Irina Kolpakova (Classical Dance and Variations); Vladilen Semenov (Classical Dance and Variations); Oleg Vinogradov (Choreography and Musical Theatre Direction); Anna Marie Holmes ( Classical Dance and Variations); Vladimir Kolesnikov (Character Dance); Nina Kolesnikova (Historical Dance); Irina Guseva (Classical Dance and Historical Dance); Janet L. Springer (Classical Dance Pedagogy); Marina Gendel (Music for Ballet); Vladimir Shinov (Music for Ballet). Our ever expanding network now includes:

Classical Dance Alliance, Inc. (CDA)

Founded in 2002 for "Raising the Barre on Ballet Schooling®"

Home of the "International Youth Ballet Festival"

Executive Director: Janet L. Springer

International Center for Choreography and Ballet Pedagogy (ICCBP)

Founded by CDA in 2012

Executive Director: Janet L. Springer

Ana Köhler Escola De Danca, Lisbon, Portugal

Founder and Artistic Director, Ana Köhler


Please inquire about our Certificate Program which is in the process of development.

Some courses are already being offered, at convenient times, online and with blended learning.

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Telephone, New York, NY: 1 (212) 397-1400


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