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Top Ballet Dance Schools in Europe

Europe has some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world.  From the Royal Ballet School in London to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet that feeds the Mariinsky Ballet Company and the famed Bolshoi.  Other notable names include the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Royal Danish Ballet School.  Competition for entry in to each of these famous institutions is fierce and the teachers, choreographers and facilities are renowned for being some of the, if not the very best that the world has to offer.

•  Royal Ballet School in London:

This is known as being one of the most famous classical ballet schools in the world.  It is also an associate or feeder school for the Royal Ballet.  With an 8 year, highly professional and structured dance course of expert tuition, the Royal Ballet School, located in Surrey and Covent Garden, accepts the very best and most gifted ballet dances in to its fold.  Some of the students who graduate from the Royal Ballet School go on to dance with the Birmingham Royal Ballet where Her Majesty the Queen is a patron and the President, HRH Prince of Wales. 

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•  European Ballet Company (London):

This school offers classes for dancers of different levels of expertise.  Founded in 1994 by the Director Stanislav Tchassov, former Principal Dancer with the highly acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet, the standard here is very professional and well polished.

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•  Bolshoi Ballet Academy, also know as The Moscow State Academy of Choreography:

The affiliate school for the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet is also one of the oldest and most prestigious on offer anywhere, established back in the 18th century.   The dance training facilities, including well-appointed studios are of excellent quality.  The dance education is thorough, comprehensive and masterful.  Classes in ballet technique, pointe work, pas de deux, jazz, historical dance and character dance are taught by some of the finest teachers in the world.  Students as young as 9 years are accepted in to the program and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy travels as far away as New York City to host intensive summer programmes. 

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•  Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet:

Located in St. Petersburg and operating since 1738, it has also been known as the Imperial Ballet School and the Leningrad State Choreographic Institute.  It was named after Agrippina Vaganova who developed a method of classical ballet that is taught here today.  Some very famous ballet dancers have graduated from the Vaganova Academy including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev, Anna Pavlova and George Balanchine.  Students from the age of 10 are accepted and the competition is very fierce.  French and piano lessons as well as many other subjects are taught aside from rigorous dance training. 

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•  Paris-Opera Ballet School:

Known as being the oldest dance school in the Western World, its beginnings go back as far as 1713 when Louis XIV founded the school; he in fact was a dancer himself as a younger man.  French speaking dancers are given preference as admitted students.  The facilities here including studios, gymnasium, theatre, library and classrooms are of the highest standard.  Ballet dance, folk dance, jazz, contemporary dance, pas de deux, mine and singing are all taught. 

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•  Royal Danish Ballet School:

Operating since the 1770’s and a feeder to the Royal Danish Ballet, this relatively small institute offers intense ballet tuition to 60 – 70 pupils.  Ages starting from 6 and up to 16 years.  Expert instructors and a fine reputation keep the Royal Danish Ballet School firmly on the list of one of Europe’s best.

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