• Agrippina Vaganova
    1879-1951

    Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) was the greatest Russian ballet teacher of her day. She was a graduate of the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet School, where she studied under Ivanov, Vazem, Gerdt, Legat and others. In 1921 she became a teacher at the Leningrad State Ballet School (formerly the Imperial Ballet School) and began developing the instructional system that later became known to the world as the Vaganova System. In 1934 Agrippina Vaganova became head of the Leningrad Choreographic Technicum and published her textbook, Fundamentals of Classical Ballet.