Vaganova Ballet Academy 2013
The Vaganova academy was established in 1738, first known as the Imperial Ballet School. However, it was then renamed the Leningrad Choreographic School during Soviet times. Since then. Agrippina Vaganova created a method of teaching combining French, Italian and Russian styles to make up the Vaganova method, taught in Russia today. The name of the school changed from the Leningrad Choreographic School in 1957 to the Vaganova Ballet Academy in honor of Agrippina Vaganova.
The school has produced some of the world's most well known ballerinas and danseus, such as Anna Pavlova, Svetlana Zakharova, Mikhail Fokine, George Balanchine, Ulyana Lopatkina, Yuri Grigorovitch etc.