OUR STORY /
In 2012, Ms. Meiyi founded Russian Ballet Academy (RBA) in hopes of building a school of classical ballet here in Singapore. Classical ballet is a beautiful art form, rich in heritage and tradition, combining both aesthetics and technique. Russian ballet, or Vaganova ballet, is regarded as one of the purest forms and schools of classical ballet, with its history and culture spanning over two centuries.
Ms. Meiyi experienced it firsthand when she trained professionally at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and she grew not only in her technique as a ballet dancer, but also in her love and respect for this art form. She started teaching so that her students can experience the same and through Vaganova ballet training, we want to bring out the best in each dancer - in technique, artistry and performance.
WHAT WE DO /Our classes and curriculum
All of our classes are based on the Vaganova ballet method, and we welcome dancers from different backgrounds. We love inspiring and training the next generation of dancers, and helping them achieve success in different areas of classical ballet, such as:
- Entry into professional ballet schools
- Teacher training programs and teacher apprenticeship
- Ballet exams with master teachers from Russia
- Stage performances
These experiences not only broaden one's knowledge and expertise, they will also impart confidence and character that will make a lifetime impact.
ABOUT VAGANOVA BALLET /
Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) was a student at the Imperial Ballet School, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and danced professionally with the Imperial Russian Ballet. She later retired and taught at the same school, renamed as Leningrad Choreographic School, which would later on be known as the Vaganova Ballet Academy, named after her. Her method was one that combined elements from the French, Italian and the existing Russian training and was a method that took on a scientific approach that helped the dancer to master the body in perfect form and technique. At the foundation of Vaganova's teaching lies harmony, purity in classical form and the physical laws of motion. Many notable ballet schools and companies across the world use the Vaganova method in their training.
FACULTY - Meiyi Li
Meiyi Li is the first Singaporean in 240 years of its history to have trained full time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, where she was also awarded a certificate of "Ballet Artist". There, she was trained in Classical Ballet Technique, Character Dance, Russian Historical and National Dances, with internationally esteemed teachers such as Elena Bobrova, who was her main Classical teacher.
Ms. Meiyi has been teaching and coaching since 2011 and is also the first Singaporean to have successfully completed all levels of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Teacher Certification Program in New York City, whose faculty included the Bolshoi Academy's teachers such as Yevgeniya Michkova, Ludmila Kovalenko and Natalya Revich. Having studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy itself, she has the firsthand experience and in-depth understanding of its methodology to coach dancers of all levels. She has also coached pre-professional ballet students privately for competitions and auditions, as well as rhythmic gymnasts in their routines and competitions.
FACULTY - FLORENCE KUEK
Florence has been trained in the Vaganova method under her teachers, professors and pedagogues in the ballet lineage of A.Y. Vaganova herself. She has previously been invited for a few months to St Petersburg, Russia to train intensively under ex-Kirov and Mariinsky dancers. She has danced with the Victoria Ballet Company, as well as taught at the Victoria International Ballet Academy in Canada.
Since 2011, she has had performance, teaching and coaching experiences to children and adults across various countries such as UK, US, Canada, Russia and has also been exposed to other ballet training methods (RAD, American, French). She has also undertaken the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Teacher Certification in New York City.
Currently, she is also a part-time college lecturer for dance students and is still active involved in the local dance scene, making dance performances for children. She is passionate and wants to share, nurture and pass on the ballet traditions while instilling knowledge, beauty, joy and the discipline of the art form to her students.
Maria Alexandrova in Don Quixote.
Principal dancer of Bolshoi Ballet, graduate of Bolshoi Ballet Academy.