Advanced Teacher

Intermediate Teachers who wish to enter students for examinations at the Pre-Professional Level, will seek Advanced Teacher certification. They will also have a desire to gain more in-depth knowledge of ballet history, theory and pedagogy as it applies to the Vaganova method.


Advanced Teacher Examination Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Intermediate Teachers with the Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) and have successfully entered students at the Advanced Level
  • Applicants must submit the Teacher’s Examination Request Form. (This document is contained in the Membership & Examination Forms booklet.)
  • Examination fee payable six weeks prior to topic submission date


Advanced Teacher Examination Procedure:

  • One examiner required
  • The examination consists of a written theory paper of 4000-6000 words based upon a topic of the candidate’s choosing upon approval of the assigned examiner. The theory paper is due eight weeks from the date of topic submission. Theory papers will become part of a theoretical library of the Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) for member use only. Re-publication of the theory paper, in part or whole, is subject to the written approval by the author


Advanced Teacher Rights, Privileges & Requirements:

  • Once Advanced Teacher membership is granted the teacher may present students for examination up to and including Advanced and becomes eligible for appointment to the Examining Committee as vacancies occur
  • Advanced Teachers may use the SCBVM Adv. accreditation after their names and the Society’s logo in documents and advertising materials
  • Advanced Teachers become inactive after two years of without examinations.  Active status may be regained after submitting students into exams
  • All rights and privileges with the Society will be revoked when a member fails to remit their annual membership fee


Please contact the Society’s office for further information about becoming an Advanced Teacher with the Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method).

Port de bras is the foundation of the great science of the use of arms in classical ballet.

Only the ability to find the proper position for her arms lends a finesse to the artistic expression of the dance, and renders full harmony to her dance. – Agrippina Vaganova from Basic Principles of Classical Ballet page 44