Classical Ballet Lesson – 3rd Class – Peggy Willis-Aarnio & Galina Mezentseva DVD – TWB03D

Classical Ballet Lesson – 3rd Class – Peggy Willis-Aarnio & Galina Mezentseva DVD – TWB03D

Classical Ballet Lesson - 3rd Class - Peggy Willis-Aarnio & Galina Mezentseva DVD - TWB03D

TWB03D The 3rd class of the beginning level of training in the Vaganova syllabus starts with a foot warm-up exercise and takes the dancers through a complete beginning ballet class. The class is performed by Galina Mezentseva, a prima ballerina of the Kirov Ballet. To watch this wonderful dancer is a true inspiration as she demonstrates the exact way to do each step. This DVD will make any young dancer want to become a professional ballet dancer which this method of teaching will help them achie

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One Response to “Classical Ballet Lesson – 3rd Class – Peggy Willis-Aarnio & Galina Mezentseva DVD – TWB03D”

  • Silly Sally says:
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    wonderful to watch Mezentseva, January 6, 2011
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    Silly Sally (Boulder, CO United States) –

    This review is from: Classical Ballet Lesson – 3rd Class – Peggy Willis-Aarnio & Galina Mezentseva DVD – TWB03D (DVD)
    This is a difficult review for me to do because I at one time was a student of Peggy Willis Aarnio. The fact that she places her name in front of Mezentseva in the title should you give a hint to want type of person Peggy really is. The DVD does show a typical third year Vaganova ballet class, and of course the highlight of the tape was watching the Prima Ballerina Mezentseva in class (It should probably receive 5 stars just because she is in the DVD). The problem with the program is that there was no real teaching. Peggy Willis Aarnio might tell the viewer the names of the steps and exercises, but she gives no real insights into the technique itself. The classes in her studio followed the same pattern. As long as you were doing a Vaganova based class, who cares about how the technique was being done. If she offered any knowledge about artistic or technical philosophy of the Vaganova method,I would have given it a higher mark. At the beginning of the DVD she does give a brief history of the school and Vaganove but not any real info on technique. I also found her fake French accent when giving the steps and the intermittent pauses which were used to showcase a smiling, approving Peggy (as if she had anything to do with artistry and technique of Mezentseva) annoying. If you want to learn more about how the Vaganova method is performed, I would suggest buying or viewing on Youtube “The Secrets of Russian Ballet” or looking at Dmitri Roudnev’s website and DVD’s.

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