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Vaganova Today: The Preservation of Pedagogical Tradition Hardcover – September 4, 2011
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Following intensive Russian language training through a Bachelor of Science degree at Georgetown University in languages and linguistics, she relocated to Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2004 where she lived as a full-time resident for over six years.
Pawlick has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Ballet Review, and VoiceofDance.com. She has been the moderator of the Kirov-Mariinsky forum on Criticaldance.com since 2003. She has also written for Dance Europe magazine (London) as a correspondent since 2005.
Since 2010, Pawlick has been dividing her time between Saint Petersburg and San Francisco, where she works as a Russian and French translator. She is currently working on her second book.
Top Customer Reviews
I've always been a fan of ballet and, although I would like to think of myself as fairly well informed about it, I had to admit after reading the book that I fall into that category of audience member that really needs to be better educated about what I'm seeing in order to get the full value of the experience. I loved that part of the book where this is discussed. Loved the references throughout the years about the differences between ballet, sports and circus! So very well put and important not to forget. "How you lift your leg is more important than how high it goes" is SO true.
Reading the book also took me someplace else I wasn't expecting. Something the author hasn't started to experience yet...but getting older is a real adventure. I still remember my first impressions and introductions to classical ballet. I was still a teenager when I saw Maya Plisétskaya dance and in my mind's eye she's still as she was then. I about fell off my chair when reading Vaganova Today led me to realize she's now in her 80s! How could that be? Where did the time go? But then, I seem not to notice that I'm pushing 70!!!Read more ›
Although not a biography per se, the book offers a substantial historical review of the life of Mme Vaganova, the ballet teacher who developed the instructional method that led to the great Soviet ballet style (now a universal style). The 'bio section' affords an alternative to the 'politically skewed' Soviet-era biography of Vaganova by Krassovskaya.
This intelligently-written, yet highly-understandable, tome will delight both specialists and balletomanes. Generously illustrated.
When I came to USA and started teaching in dance schools, I was surprised to see so many young kids, way too young to attempt ballet. I started when I was 9 years old and my body had some control and coordination. I was able to pass the exams every year for the 9 years of training.
This book makes me realize the high level of training and excellence in education I had. It also brings to the forefront the question of "when are we going to recognize the damage that can be done to a 5 year old on pointe?" And also, "where are American ballet teachers get their pedagogical experience?".
Amanda Selby, London
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Great read for anyone interested in the Vaganova style of ballet.Published 11 months ago by orchidkoi
Way to much time on the early years, much of which has been said before, and too light a treatment of the present influence and trends.Published on April 9, 2013 by toddy boy
We can't thank you enough for this fascinating book. All the interviews with the Vaganova Academy teachers are priceless! Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Dimitriy Tuboltsev