General Information
Petipa Marathon Summer Program 
(the classical ballet intensive)

Location: Ballet Studios 52 rue César Franck, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Dancers age: advanced students 14+, young dancers 21-

Program: Russian Classical Ballet, Vaganova Technique (Pointe and Jump Work), Unique Petipa Repertoire, Interactive Ballet lectures, Rehearsals for the Open Door Day and Final Presentation

Classes: from Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 16:30 and Saturday from 9:30 to 16:00

Teachers and Coaches: We offer pure classical ballet, technique and original repertoire of Marius Petipa time, without modern, contemporary and other supplementary classes, instead we offer an educational program, ballet-miming and ballet history.

The classical ballet lessons will be given by excellent teachers from the Mariinsky Theatre, the home of Petipa, where his traditions were kept, “leg to leg and arm to arm”. The original Petipa Repertoire: solo variations, corps de ballet and character dances will be taught by International Team of ballet coaches.

  • Irina Chistyakova from the Mariinsky Theatre will teach the Traditional PetipaShe was a personal coach of Uliana Lopatkina and prepared with her the most important repertoire in Mariinsky.
  • Juan Bockamp, the choreographer-scientist from Spain and Andrey Lebedev a choreographer-scientist from The State Institute for Art Studies in Moscow, who have analyzed the unique Petipa ballets notations from the “Stepanov Collection” located at the Harvard University, will coach the Reconstructed Petipa. Today, the reconstructions based on the documents are highly demanded across theatres worldwide, as an example, the works of Alexey Ratmansky.
  • Toni Candeloro, a most famous Italian dancer and choreographer, will coach the Imperial Petipa collected from great Petipa ballerinas that immigrated from St. Petersburg after Revolution in 1917.

All teachers and coaches as well as, Jean-Philippe Van Aelbrouck, the professor, the author of the study “Marius Petipa, a Brussels childhood (1819-1835)”, will provide the lessons with ballet history. Additionally, we will organize a guide trip on the “Petipa Road” from La Monnaie, where he studied ballet, to the street of his home.

At the final presentation at the end of the 2 weeks course, we will see a different side of Petipa and we will openly discussion opinions between teachers, professors and students.

We are currently looking for partners for this program.