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The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951).
The Vaganova technique encourages dancers to move their arms, legs and torso together in perfect harmony. A strong torso is a necessity for the Vaganova method, as the torso forms the foundation of all movements. Dancers trained by the Vaganova method will likely have high jumps and powerful turns, aided by the use of the arms. Many movements of the Vaganova technique require dancers to remain in the air for as long as possible to give them an illusion of floating through the air, which requires great flexibility and extension.
A typical lesson in the Vaganova method is well planned out; Vaganova did not believe in the improvisation of a teacher at a lesson. As a result of careful planning, lessons moved quickly, allowing the dancers to benefit from exciting and challenging practices. Vaganova would also make sure that the dancers understood the reason behind every exercise; a pupil would not only be able to master a step, but also explain its purpose and how to perform it correctly.