Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Russia). The Bolshoi reserve.
Commonly known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, it is one of the oldest academies in the world and the affiliate school of the Bolshoi Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. Its dance training facilities are among the best in the world and it has its own teaching method - the Bolshoi method – which is also used in other famous centres. The Academy organises auditions every year for entry into its programmes.
The Royal Ballet School, London (UK). International projection.
Specialised in classical ballet, it has a lower school (11 -16 years) and an upper school (from 16 years). The school only provides specialist training in classical ballet and graduates generally find employment in ballet companies across the world.
Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, Saint Petersburg (Russia). Own style.
It has its own teaching method since 1920 – the Vaganova method – also adopted by other schools. Approximately 60 students are selected annually but only 25 manage to graduate after completing the full course of training.
4.- Paris Opera Ballet School (France). French elegance.
"Considered the sancta santorum, it is the oldest dance school in the western world. Its teaching is based on the ""French School"", famous for precision, elegance and sobriety. To enter, students must be between 8 and 11 years of age."
5.- Actors Studio Drama School, New York (USA). 'The Method’
"Particularly famous for its method of training actors. It practices ""The Method"", as is known in the trade, based on the theories developed by Konstantin Stanislavski. Big and acclaimed Hollywood and Broadway actors have trained there."
6.- The Juilliard School, New York (USA). Performing talent.
A true conservatory of performing arts, the school provides the highest-quality training in different art forms, such as dance, theatre and music. A committee decides whether the abilities of aspiring students are sufficiently good to enter the school.
7.- School of American Ballet, New York (USA). Graduates with employment.
The school begins to train children aged six, to begin professional training from 11 to 18 years. Affiliated to the famous New York City Ballet company, its graduates generally find employment in US ballet companies.
8.- Cuban National Ballet School, Havana (Cuba). Huge.
With 4,350 students, it is the biggest ballet school in the world. Most students eventually join the Cuban National Ballet, one of the best ballet companies in the world. Like all the Cuban education system, it is free, if you manage to get through the tough selection process.
9.- Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milan (Italy). Promotion programme.
The ballet school of the Milan Opera. It accepts students over 10 years of age, but 6 year-olds are sometimes accepted. Training is based on the Italian method combined with the methods of Russian, French and English ballet.
10.- RADA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London (UK). Highly technical.
It only accepts 28 new students a year to study the three-year BA degree course in acting and to train them professionally in dramatic art. It also offers technical training (technical theatre and stage management, theatre design, theatre costume, stage electrics and lighting design, etc) and a master’s degree.