The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). Fusing elements of traditional French technique from the Romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of the Italian school, this method is designed to work and involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body and the legs and feet.
Vaganova believed that this approach increases one’s consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and a greater range of expression. The training regime for the Vaganova method is complex and rigorously planned to produce a clean, virtuoso technique. Due to its strictly codified training system, the Vaganova method is widely considered to be injury-free.