I came across RSB about two years ago when I was searching for a good ballet school for my daughter who absolutely loves the art. I am absolutely thrilled that my we have finally joined the school and my daughter always looks forward to her lessons.
I am not an Arts critic but tonight I am inspired to write a review, not my usual places to visit or shopping Mall type of review at all. So forgive me.
There is a teacher here in Johannesburg who I have come to know in a small way. Her Ballet school has staged Sleeping Beauty this weekend at the Roodepoort Theatre and she invited me to come and watch a performance, which I gladly accepted.
I have worked with every level from 3 year old beginners to professionals and know the Sleeping Beauty Ballet extremely well. It is a difficult ballet.
This is what I saw.
Yana Auger has an amazing eye for staging, and an extremely sensible approach to setting this level of work on young dancers. Adapting choreography, while maintaining the integrity of the original, working around the usual lack of male dancers with sensitivity and good taste, and then....
Beautifully costumed, simple but effective sets and my favourite part, the assurance that every dancer truly understands just how important good corps de ballet is in support of the Solo and Principle roles.
A disciplined, confident performance enjoyed by a tired but newly inspired teacher.
Looking for something to do tomorrow afternoon, a visit to Roodepoort Theatre with the family is recommended.
Our children 5yr old girl & 3yr old boy joined the 5 day dance clinic & were very eager to attend every day. They had both never attended a dance class, I was very impressed with how well they took on their dance routines. I would definitely recommend it to those parents who are looking at finding out if their children have any interest for dance. It’s also a great way to build confidence because the children perform on the final day of the week.
Yana and her team of dedicated teachers are so amazing with our kids. They are so passionate about their craft, that as a parent observing the class either online or in a classroom, we feel their love, patience and dedication with every interaction❣️ Yana creates unique opportunities for the kids both locally and internationally to build their confidence and love for dance. I find that so empowering to all the students as their exposure is not limited to just a classroom!
Well done Yana and team...onwards and upwards 🙌🏽
I love to dance at Russian School of Ballet as their Contemporary classes improves my flexibility and strength while I am having fun and learning technique.
The Ballet Productions also give me invaluable practice and experience to act and perform in front on an audience which I will definitely be able to use one day.💕
"I have seen a huge difference in my daughter since joining RSB. The classes offer more than just dancing -- it's also about getting stronger and healthier. The strength training and body conditioning has made a phenomenal difference. She says she works hard but loves it!"
Jade, has been dancing at Russian School of Ballet from the age of 12. Whenever she performs on stage or in a competition, the adjudicators praise her technique and comment on how beautifully groomed she appears. RSB has afforded her many opportunities to travel overseas and their summer and winter camps with professional Russian teachers are excellent. If she wanted to dance professionally (sadly she doesn’t) she was/is definitely in the right place. Thanks Yana and Igor and all her teachers over the years. 💕
Russian School of Ballet is excellent dance school, with professional, compassionate teachers. The studio is a very warm place with all the students being supportive and inclusive towards each other. The training gives the students discipline and useful life long skills along with world class ballet technique, that when given the chance to dance on stage shows through. Definitely recommend.
The Russian School of Ballet gives dancers an opportunity to enjoy dance while learning technique. The professional Ballet Productions also gives them invaluable experience to perform in front on an audience.
The Russian School of Ballet SA give children an amazing solid grounding in ballet. Teaching the Vagonava style of ballet which is from Russia who were considered the Masters of everything ballet, it teaches from a young age the discipline and strength required to become a world class dancer. Vagonava trained dancers are also more likely to win a coveted dance job in a company overseas a well because through Europe the dancers who have Vagonava training usually win these positions.
Very good school of Ballet. All teachers are professionals. We've watched 2019 year end performance Buratino in the theatre. Performance was amazing, all students participated and enjoyed it as well as audience.
Amazing school !! Very professional , they make sure that each student level’s develops , my daughter loves spending time there and we can all see the difference even in a very short time , last show was amazing , not a single mistake , all dancers were very well trained even the very young ones , very rare to find such professionalism yet all kids love to go ❤️❤️ thank you Yana , Igor , Erika and all RsB instructors , definitely recommend to anyone who would like to enjoy ballet and still have a very professional level ❤️❤️
Passionate, committed and loving teachers who go beyond their means to not just teach ballet, but build core body strength and flexibility.
Both my daughters enjoy being students at RSB and look forward to their lessons, exams and concerts!
I’m still in awe of how much Pilates training these little ballet dancers do, how fit they have become and how amazing their core strength is! It was a delight to watch their exams and we look forward to the concert!
My daughter Kayla started ballet when she was 3 years old at Russian School of Ballet and she loved ballet!! Then for some logistics reasons, we had to move to another ballet school but one year was even too much that we could not be happier to be back at Russian School of Ballet; the professional and very friendly environment that my kid loves to be!!!
My daughter danced with Yana for 3 years - it was wonderful to see her amazing growth in this discipline. She developed an absolute love for ballet. The standard is very high, and what I love is the mat work they do for half the class - this is Pilates based and amazing for core strength development.
We also had the privilege of going to St. Petersburg and my daughter got to dance at the Winter Palace - such an incredible opportunity. So I would undoubtedly highly recommend this exceptional ballet school.
My daughter has been dancing with the Russian Ballet School since she was 3. She has grown as a ballet dancer, even though so young and now 6, in Yana and Alisas’ care. Their passion for ballet and teaching shines through every day and is so evident in every step our girls dance.
I was amazed and immensely proud, watching 25 beautiful ballerinas on stage at the Dance World Cup winning gold. Very special!
An absolutely brilliant performance with exquisite costumes and superb choreography. A joy to watch students so well prepared and dancing to their utmost potential. I highly commend the hard work and dedication of all.
Thank you Yana, Elena and Alexey for a great two weeks of the winter intensive. The training was excellent. Your dancers were kind and good to Anel, coming from outside. Your feedback on Anel was appreciated and helpful. The intensive is highly recommended and we do hope there will be a next one. It was worth every effort to attend from outside of Gauteng.