Ulitsa Zodchego Rossi, 2, St Petersburg, Russia, 191023

Vaganova Ballet Academy

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Founded in 1738 by decree of Empress Anna I, of Russia, the Imperial Ballet School became Russia’s first educational establishment to provide professional ballet training. Now known as the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the school has just marked its 275th Anniversary. Over the years, the Academy has graduated a galaxy of legendary dancers and choreographers: Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Farukh Ruzimatov, Altynai Asylmuratova, Konstantin Zaklinsky, Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, and Svetlana Zakharova, to name just a few.