Our ballet teachers are central not just to student training but to the very philosophy of the Academy. The Academy of Russian Ballet Ballet Master or Ballet Mistress programme is a two year teacher training course under the direction of Monica Loughman. In this programme ballet teachers learn how to teach the Academy syllabus and Monica Loughman’s principals behind teaching the art of ballet.
Russian philosophy of the importance of the teacher and pedagogue
[haloe_quote content=”The ballerina needs a pedagogue throughout her career; the entire time there must be a pair of eyes that sees and critiques things. Very often your internal sensations do not coincide with external appearance, and the ballerina may think everything is fine, but the pedagogue must see what the ballerina is attempting to achieve with a certain role or step” author=”Gabriela Komlova, Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory”]
[haloe_accordion content1=”none~Pedagogue~Pedagogue means the art of teaching and is the highest level recognised in The Academy of Russian Ballet. Monica Loughman and Olga Semenova are pedagogues of the company. A requirement of this teaching level is significant performance experience as a high-ranked dancer in a major ballet company. Only pedagogues grade students of the Academy at examinations” content2=”none~Ballet Mistress / Master~Ballet Mistress or Ballet Master is a title recognised internationally upon completion of a two year teacher training programme. The certifying body is the Conseil International Dance and qualifying teachers receive an International Certification Dance Studies” content3=”none~Company Soloist~Because performance is at the route of the Academy, company soloists are allowed to train in the teacher training programme and teach students simultaneously. Classes have two teachers and soloists have four or more years experience performing under Artistic Director, Monica Loughman.” content4=”none~Assistant Teacher~For those whose passion for ballet extends to relaying what they have learned to others, we offer the opportunity to assist our professional teachers and company soloists.” ]
Ballet exams are for teachers not students!
The academy examination system examines students every other year. The exam class at each stage in the syllabus is a performance of dance which demonstrates students progress in the art form. The culture of elite Academies in Russia often has teachers eager to graduate the best class and the Academy of Russian Ballet in Ireland is no different. Teachers are passionate about the progress of their students, not just from one certificate to the next, but as dancers. There is great pride attached to seeing remarkable progress as the syllabus progresses and students succeed under their teachers dedicated supervision. Dancers are often introduced as, for example, Jenny Smith who trained under Olga Semenova at the Academy of Russian Ballet and this is the culture of the Academy of Russian Ballet.