Olga Semenova

Dip VBA (PDTC) Distinction

Olga Semenova was born in St. Petersburg Russia in to an artistic family.  Her mother was a ballet dancer with the renowned Mariinsky (Kirov) Company, who went on to become a ballet teacher, and her father was a well known actor. At the age of ten, Olga began her ballet training at the prestigious The Vaganova Ballet Academy - the alma mater of many international ballet stars. Olga's teachers at The Vaganova Academy included Ludmila Komissarova (Olga's mother), Ninel Kurgapkina, Natalia Dudinskaya and Irina Gensler had all been students of the great Agrippina Vaganova herself, which has given Olga an extraordinary ballet heritage.

 

After a ballet career, Olga returned to The Vaganova Academy to undertake the four year professional dance teacher's diploma, and was awarded the PDTC diploma with distinction and MA ( Hons). Olga became a teacher at The Vaganova Ballet Academy, and taught the junior and pre-graduation classes, in which former students have become major dancers in leading Russian and international Companies. In 1993 Olga was invited to London by The Linbury Trust ( Lady Sainsbury) to study at The Benesh Institute of Choreology.

 

Olga is the founder and principal of Russian Imperial Ballet School, and is currently a teacher at Central School of Ballet (Pre-Senior Programme) and English National Ballet School. She has 27 years teaching experience (5 years in St.Petersburg and 22 years in the UK).  She helped to develop a Vaganova based ballet Syllabus for Seniors at the Central School of Ballet. She also developed an exam based Character Syllabus for ARBTA students up to 18 years, and trained teachers to implement the syllabus.

Madam Vaganova (3rd from left) & Olga’s mother (2nd from left)