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Brighton Ballet Theater School of Russian Ballet

Brighton Ballet Theater was created to preserve and further the tradition of Russian classical and folk dance in New York City.

The goals of BBT are:

  • * to provide an AFFORDABLE and PROFESSIONAL dance education and performance opportunities to all students, regardless of talent, ability or ethnic background;

  • * to serve as a community cultural oasis;

  • * to create a common ground through dance so children, of many ethnic and immigrant communities can interact and study other cultures through classical ballet and folk dances

  • By adhering to these goals, BBT hopes to mold and develop responsible, well-rounded, passionate children who have the potential to succeed in any field. Our uniquely designed children's program raises children that are both physically and mentally healthy, with an understanding of a number of different cultural backgrounds.

    Brighton Ballet Theater, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1987, in the heart of the Russian-American Cultural District of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York. In a small studio, the first ballet class was taught to five young girls, yet the school quickly bloomed to fifty students, and within a year, more than a hundred-and-fifty students attended.

    For the director Irina Roizin, founding a ballet school was a childhood dream. Irina studied Russian character dance and gymnastics in Ukraine, but stopped dancing after she came to the United States at age seventeen. Ten years later, her passion for dance was rekindled as she began to train with two sisters, Rona and Galina Rybak, who had learned the art of ballet from the renowned Agrippina Vaganova.

    The old Russian school of ballet and its teaching methods provide the basis for the Vaganova Method of teaching classical ballet. The Vaganova Method was first developed by Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951). She developed a unique and effective method of training a classical dancer, a method of poetic spirituality, purely Russian cantilena of dancing movements, and of lavishness and conciseness of plastique.

    The Vaganova Method has been, and still is developed by her followers. The method aims at precision, strength and ability, as well as teaching students to dance with their whole body instead of isolating body parts into mechanical, separate movements. Considered excellent, the method is the most common ballet teaching method in Russia and parts of Europe, and is popular in the North America and other parts in the world.

    Acknowledged the world over as the foremost training program, The Vaganova Method is known for instilling in its students artistic clarity through the use of the upper body, the acquiring harmonious movements, the widening of expressive range, and for the development of a strong center for adagio and allegro work. More graceful and powerful performances result.

    School name:Brighton Ballet Theater School of Russian Ballet
    Address:2001 Oriental Blvd, Building: T7, 2nd floor, Room 7211.
    Zip & city:11235 Michigan

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