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INSTILLING A LOVE FOR BALLET

Our Mission at the Russian School of Ballet

Our mission is to inspire each of our students to achieve their own ballet dream. We pass on our knowledge, expertise and the Vaganova ballet technique, ensuring each student has thorough training in Russian ballet and dance. Taking the expertise into their dance technique and their everyday lives.

 

Our goal, at the Russian School of Ballet (RSB), is to instill a love of dance in each student, to give them skills that last a lifetime.

 

We lay the foundation, training our students with the concept of discipline, determination, and dedication. These skills begin with ballet and are useful in all aspects of our students’ lives.

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Skills That Last a Lifetime

Our highly experienced, carefully selected teachers treat each student with respect, expertise and a passion for developing their potential and personality through the expression of dance. Our classes are holistic, where each student is seen as a whole, as a unique being that requires full attention and assistance. Hence, our method of teaching is not one of “repeating what the teacher does”, but one of embracing each student’s strengths and transforming it into beautiful movements and techniques. Our top-quality studios, equipped with a wall of mirrors, spring floor with Harlequin Studio mats, is the perfect environment for dancers to learn the Vaganova Ballet Method. This method of ballet was refined in Russia, and is developed to work on the body as a whole, so that movement is fluid, The Vaganova Ballet Method has been the core training of many of the world’s finest classical dancers.

Each level in our comprehensive program is a stepping stone to advancing our student’s training. Safe, structured and nurturing. Each of our skilled instructors takes into account the unique anatomy, physical and cognitive development of each student. We offer classes for boys and girls from age three through to pre-professional training. Get in touch today to find out about our classes and options for all students.

How we teach

The Vaganova Method of Ballet Training

The Vaganova Method fused the romantic style of the French ballet and dramatic soulfulness of the Russian character with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school. It was Vaganova who perfected and cultivated this form of teaching the art of classical ballet into a workable syllabus.

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Best Teachers You Can Find

We choose the most qualified individuals for each position and encourage continued education, development, and commitment to their role. Each of our skilled instructors takes into account the unique anatomy, physical and cognitive development of each student.

Resident Teachers

Yana Auger

Founder and Director

Yana Auger

Founder and Director
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Karmia Postma

Junior Ballet Teacher

Karmia Postma

Junior Ballet teacher
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Tamzin Stone

Contemporary Teacher

Tamzin Stone

Contemporary Teacher
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Svetlana timmerman

Ballet Teacher

Svetlana Timmerman

Ballet Teacher
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Konstantin Magazeishchikov

Ballet Teacher

Konstantin Magazeishchikov

Ballet Teacher
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Khaya Ndlovu

Contemporary teacher

Khaya Ndlovu

Contemporary Teacher
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Guest Teachers

Aleksei Iliin

Ballet Master

Aleksei Iliin

Ballet Master
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Elena Kukseva

Ballet master

Elena Kukseva

Ballet master
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Igor Davidov

Ballet Teacher

Igor Davidov

ballet Teacher
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Core Values

We strongly believe in the tight relationship between our school’s core principals and the student’s success. At the RSB our core values, ensure valuable lessons are learned through dance yet, provide lessons for all aspects of life as our students grow.

Excellence

Building strength and skills is a truly empowering experience for students. We empower each student to build confidence, trust in their skills and continue to grow as a dancer. We empower all aspects of our student's lives. ​

Respect

We teach our students to respect their bodies, to train safely while still pushing their limits and increasing their potential as accomplished dancers. Respect is vitally important in aspects of our school - to respect yourself, your classmates and your teachers.​

Camaraderie

We believe that friendships formed are more important than competition between students. When it comes to auditioning and competitions we encourage students to support each other in their individual journeys.

Persistence

Ballet is an art and sometimes a challenge, but we believe that nothing worth having comes easy. We teach discipline and persistence to get to where you want to be as a dancer and as a person.

Inspiration

The Russian School of ballet inspires motivate students to get to where they want to be as a dancer. We love to see the inspiration sparking within each student and aspire to continue inspiring them in each class.

Empowerment

Building strength and skills is a truly empowering experience for students. We empower each student to build confidence, trust in their skills and continue to grow as a dancer. We empower all aspects of our student's lives.

Harmony

Ballet brings wonderful aspects of balance and harmony for each of our students. When becoming a skilled dancer, they find harmony in movements, they find a harmony of the soul, which, in turn, brings our student's self-confidence.

Commitment

Through our ballet classes,students learn a commitment to an exercise, a passion for dance, a life- changing activity that they take into their everyday life. We are committed to our students, and in turn, they are committed to learning and developing within our school.

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Why Parents and Students Choose the Russian School of Ballet

Our World Class Dance Studio in Parkhurst

The Russian School of Ballet boasts 2 large professional dance studios, conveniently situated in the heart of Parkhurst, Johannesburg. We pay attention to detail in our studios, including everything from specialised flooring for ballet dancers to the perfect room temperature with industrial air conditioners supplied by Voltas Technologies .