Features of Modern Professional Ballet Education (the Case of Different Schools)

Keywords: professional ballet education, ballet school, classical dance, performing technique, ballet artist, national dance traditions, system of ballet education, ballet style.


In every country, the school of classical dance, as the foundation for the training of ballet dancers, has its own specific features. The late twentieth century, in most countries an independent path for the development of ballet art and the structuring of professional ballet education have been determined. Nowadays European ballet schools have almost the same structure of choreographic education, and in the countries that have undergone totalitarian regimes and economic and political isolation, other ballet system are mostly used. A separate branch in the overall system of ballet education is Eastern School that has not had a clear standardized system of education yet, but has already ranked in the overall structure of the world educational process and trains European-level performers. The current system of professional ballet education should be analyzed in the light of the experience of national, artistic and educational traditions, as this leads to excellent training, which is not scientifically substantiated in this context. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to identify the characteristic features of different schools and to carry out their comparative analysis. The aim is achieved by identifying the leading countries providing training at the above schools and formulating basic criteria for the comparative analysis of the structure and results of ballet education. Thus, for the first time, an attempt is made to identify the distinctive features and identities in the systems of training of ballet dancers in different schools, taking into account national, artistic and educational traditions. The comparative analysis has made it possible to determine the features of modern professional ballet education, which are specified by: national dance traditions built-in the system of primary education, state cultural policy, systematic training and mastering additional types of dance. All this determines the effectiveness of ballet training, and enables to distinguish the features of performing technique and ballet style, gives artists the opportunity to represent their skills in academic or contemporary ballet repertoire.


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Author Biography

Long Xiaoya, Master's Degree of JiShou University, Lecturer of School of Music and Dance

Master's Degree of JiShou University, Lecturer of School of Music and Dance
120, Renmin South Road, Jishou City, Hunan Province, China
E-mail: 20008414@qq.com
ORCID: 0000-0002-2117-4531

How to Cite
Xiaoya, L. (2020). Features of Modern Professional Ballet Education (the Case of Different Schools). Professional Education: Methodology, Theory and Technologies, (11), 114-133. https://doi.org/10.31470/2415-3729-2020-11-114-133