The technique taught at Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy (KPBA) is based on the classical traditions projected forward by Agrippina Vaganova. Kristina’s primary teacher and ballet coach at Boston Ballet School was Tatiana Legat, whose Grandfather, Nicolai Legat, worked with Agrippina Vaganova to develop her world famous Vaganova Teaching Method. Through hours of one-on-one training and coaching, Madame Legat passed on her grandfather’s teaching legacy to Kristina, who is now an expert in the tradition of classical ballet pedagogy. Kristina oversees all syllabi at KPBA to ensure that the authentic Vaganova technique is being taught to KPBA students.
The basic Vaganova syllabus is consistently taught to all KPBA students. However, as students progress to more advanced levels, the contrast of other ballet styles (e.g., Balanchine) is increasingly introduced to give aspiring dancers the technical and stylistic diversity they need to succeed in today’s ballet companies. All KPBA teachers follow the same syllabi, have professional dance careers or dance degrees and extensive teaching experience. The example of skilled, professional instructors is of paramount importance at KPBA.
At KPBA, pointe work is undertaken when the ballet student has learned and mastered basic ballet technique and when her legs and feet are sufficiently developed. This usually occurs after at least three years of training, no earlier than age 10. Please visit our Going En-Pointe page for details or contact Kristina if you have any questions.
Variations & DVBT Repertoire
Variations and Repertoire classes bring the excitement of the stage to the ballet studio and help students learn to transform ballet technique into a beautiful art form. KPBA students regularly learn excerpts from classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. They are taught by Professional Dancers who draw from their extensive performing experience to evoke enthusiasm for the beautiful art of ballet in each individual student.
Pas de Deux
The art of male and female dancers performing together in Pas de Deux is taught to select, advanced KPBA dancers. Pas de Deux classes are taught by professional male dancers and emphasize balance and unity of movement as well as timing.