Comparative Ballet History

Taking you to the next level of understanding ballet! 

IBT Academy is proud to present a new Comparative Ballet History Course for Company members.

Studying Comparative Ballet History helps students further their knowledge of repertoire, the process of preparation for a role, and their understanding of important concepts like artistry and inspiration, all paramount to becoming well-rounded dancers and artists. 


The 2021/22 Comparative Ballet History course consists of 14 hours of lectures and provides a unique opportunity to study international ballet history taught in a new cutting-edge format. 

Diana Vishneva in rehearsal for John Cranko’s Onegin at ABT in early summer 2017


The list of wide-ranging topics will include


  • John’s Cranko’s Onegin: Novel in Verse to Ballet
  • Magical Birds in Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballets
  • Balanchine and The Nutcracker: How One Choreographer’s Nostalgia Helped Create One of The Most Beloved American Traditions,

as well as contemplations on Artistry: 


  • The Elusiveness of Artistry: Understanding and Creating The Magic


  • Freedom and Discipline in Ballet: Learning to Grow.


Colors and texture in Edgar Degas’s late pastels, a fragment



Leanne Benjamin in the title role of Michel Fokine’s 1910 ballet The Firebird, in its 2006 production by The Royal Ballet. Photo © Dee Conway


Russian painter Alexander Benois’ preliminary drawing of costumes for Ballet Russes’ Le Pavillon d'Armide choreographed by Michel Fokine


Should you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact IBT's Artistic Director for a brochure.