Author: Script Ballerina

thesoundofpointeshoes: tsiskaridze: Meanwhile, at Vaganova…



Meanwhile, at Vaganova Ballet Academy…


mariatallchief: Olivia Boisson of the New York City Ballet (x)


Olivia Boisson of the New York City Ballet (x)

thedailyballet: Carla Körbes in “Elégie” – 2012 Vail…


Carla Körbes in “Elégie” – 2012 Vail International Dance Festival

Is there a difference in the type of moves that male and female ballet dancers use? I’m thinking of having my MC who is a male do ballet but I want to make sure that I know the correct techniques and words first. Thank you so much for your help!

Hi there!

Most moves and steps are the same and ballet terminology is universal. Men’s dance only has many more big jumps. Even if ballerinas perform them too from time to time, they are usually boys’ territory. Some examples are Cabriolé, Barrel Turns (and their 540 variation), Tours en l’air and double or triple Tours en l’air.  

(Ivan Vasiliev’s double cabriole in Flames of Paris)

(Vladimir Shklyarov’s barrels in Le Corsaire)

You can see a lot of these spectacular jumps in Le Corsaire or in Spartacus

Hope this helps!

Script Ballerina

tsiskaridze:Svetlana Lunkina and her coach, Ekaterina Maximova,…


Svetlana Lunkina and her coach, Ekaterina Maximova, in rehearsal at the Bolshoi.

Ugh, your extensions are so beautiful! Do you have any tips on getting stronger/ better at dance in general? I’m going to YAGP in a month, so any advice would be great! P.S. I’m in love with you and the way you dance!!!

As far as getting stronger, being a better technician, try harder, it’s always a matter of trying harder when it doesn’t feel like you can….I think what happens a lot is that technique is difficult already and we get wrapped up in the idea that we are “already” working, because we are already sweating, struggling, etc. but we can always push harder, it’s all about the mind.

To become a better dancer though, I would separate that. Being a good dancer is not about technique, as with my belief about all art, it’s about whether what you’re doing truly comes from the heart or not. At the end of the day, art is about expression and bringing what’s on the inside that you can’t otherwise show people into the real world where it can indeed be observed by others. It truly does not matter what anybody thinks about it, just the simple fact of what it is makes it art. If you want to be a great dancer, make sure you’re living life, getting experience outside the studio…because how can you show what Giselle’s broken heart looks like if you haven’t ever been anywhere close in real life?

I notice that so much of dance today is about technique and sometimes going through the motions of what artistry looks like. It’s good to explore yourself, how you as an individual move within the parameters of the choreography. That’s my advice!!!

morgauseloveshersisters: The Sleeping Beauty // Bolshoi Ballet…


The Sleeping Beauty // Bolshoi Ballet // 2016-2017 Season

strechanadi: Eléonore Guérineau, Karl Paquette Duo…


Eléonore Guérineau, Karl Paquette

Duo concertant

photo: I. Aubert

pretentious-swan-queen: how pas de deux perspectives come…


how pas de deux perspectives come together (x).

What’s the difference between French, Italian, and Russian ballet? I’m writing a musical lol

Hi there!

To put it very simply:

  • Russian Ballet: developed by Agrippina Vaganova as we know it today but originally characteristic of Imperial Russia, its school of reference is the Vaganova Academy. The Vaganova method of Russian ballet is characterized by clean lines, incredibly soft and expressive arms and port de bras, extreme flexibility in the arms, legs and back, and endurance. It is focused on a gradual technical procession: you move to the more advanced steps only after a meticulous learning of the basic ones. The goal is to create clean lines and movements without being stiff but gentle and harmonious
  • Italian Ballet: developed by Enrico Cecchetti, its school of reference is Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Cecchetti’s dancers are virtuose and athletic. The goal is for them to learn by internalizing rather than imitating the movements, so barre and exercises are different every day of the week and rigidly scheduled. Cecchetti’s method focuses on balance, elevation, elasticity, musicality, fast footwork, and clean lines
  • French Ballet: Defined by Rudolf Nureyev in the 1980s, French ballet is not really standardized but the Paris Opera Ballet is usually considered the school of reference. French ballet is romantic and lyric, fluid, clean, elegant and characterized by Nureyev’s attention to musicality and precision by dancers. Due to this technique’s focus on speed and quantity of steps, the music is usually played more slowly

Try a quick google search for more details and maybe watch Balanchine’s Jewels for a comparison between French (Emeralds, Act I) and Russian (Diamonds, Act III) ballet.

Hope this helps and good luck with your musical!

Script Ballerina