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Rakova Ballet School: Passion and dedication to the art of ballet

by Tianna G. Hansen

If you’re seeking a school to take your ballet education to the next level, look no further.

A place of passion and dedication, Rakova Ballet School run by Yuliya Rakova offers the highest standard of classical ballet education to serious-minded students from ages five to 18 with classes for beginners through professionals.

Rakova Ballet School provides a safe, nurturing environment enabling each student to explore their technical and artistic capabilities.

Their mission is to help young dancers grow and expand to their full potential.

Yuliya graduated from Perm State Choreographic College in Russia, one of the top schools offered, where she was trained in the Vaganova Method for eight years.

Her studies included Classical Ballet, History of Theater, History of Art and Music, Acting, Stage Make-up, History of European and American Ballet, Character, Historic dance and Pas de Deux.

Upon graduation, she was invited to join Perm Opera & Ballet Theater. She also danced with Moscow Dance Theatre of Alexei Fadeechev and Russian National Ballet Theater as a soloist, and has toured with companies in Russia and abroad.

Yuliya has worked with well-known choreographers including Alexei Ratmansky, Ben Stevenson, Trey McIntyre, and Stanton Welsh.

She has over 10 years of teaching and choreography experience and she has taught at professional ballet schools such as Ellison Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC (one of the best schools in the US), Pennsylvania Ballet, and Princeton Ballet School.

“I have been trained in the Vaganova Method and I teach that method to my students,” says Yuliya. “All may not become professional dancers but through the principles and aesthetics of the Vaganova Method of classical ballet, students will acquire physical coordination, self-confidence, and love for the arts that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

The Vaganova Method is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs, feet as well as the development of lower back strength and arm plasticity, flexibility and endurance required for ballet.

Dancers trained by the Vaganova method will likely have high jumps and powerful turns, aided by the use of the arms.

Due to its specific training system, the Vaganova method is widely considered to be injury-free when taught correctly.

This is a method that cannot be found in any other ballet schools in the area.

Rakova Ballet School offers two summer intensive programs as well as a year-round program, which are now enrolling students.

Summer intensive for ages five to 18 is a six-week course from June 24th through August 2nd and focuses on teaching the classical technique, pointe technique, character dance and conditioning.

The variation intensive program for ages nine to 18 is a two-week course from July 22nd through August 2nd and focuses on working on solo variations and repertoire from classical ballets.

This program is unique to Rakova Ballet School, as not many schools offer this.

Rakova Ballet’s year-round training program includes classical technique, pointe/variations, character dance, contemporary, conditioning, performances, and selected students chosen for competition.

Along with lessons in classical technique, students will be immersed in learning the classical repertoire, and are exposed to a variety of workshops to develop fluency in various styles of dance.

The year-round program begins in September and they are now accepting applications.

Keep an eye out for all that Rakova Ballet has to offer you.

For information and to register, contact them by phone at 267-312-4175 or e-mail rakovaballet@gmail.com.

Rakova Ballet School is located at 96 Park Avenue in Warminster, PA, 18974. You can also find them on Facebook @rakovaballet.

PHOTO CAP: Yuliya Rakova, owner of Rakova Ballet, teaching a class at Kirov Ballet Academy.