What makes someone a successful ballet dancer?

Does it come from their natural talents or physical abilities?
Is it the hard work or an accomplished teacher? Of all
the variables, what is plays the most significant role in
becoming a fine dancer?
Since I was a student at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia,
I wanted to understand why some dancers could perform
ballet steps with ease and elegance while others had
difficulty with performance of even the simple steps. Why
did some dancers with high physical capacity have trouble
executing technically advanced moves? Meanwhile, why
did other dancers without these abilities manage to go
above and beyond what their “physically perfect” peers
could do? Why were some dancers plagued with persistent
injuries while others went through their entire careers with
no issues at all?

I’ve noticed a lack of consistency in ballet methodology
in general. All instructions, and training corrections, given
to the students, were based on “Because that is how it
has always been done.” No rhyme or reason is given, just
a tradition is the reason. I was never happy with that

For decades, while performing and teaching ballet, I was in the search
for correct and effective ballet training. My search led me to my findings.

My new method ( available on )  derives from my knowledge and experience as a student
of the Moscow State Academy of Classical Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) and my
professional career as a ballet dancer and teacher in Russia and the

Dmitri Roudnev

Ballet Training Method: A new approach to classical ballet training Hardcover – July 3, 2022

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