Stevan and Deborah Grebel have been teaching dance in the Birmingham area consistently for 45 years. Visit The
Grebel Center For Dance in Pelham, conveniently located at Hwys. 31 & 119 behind the Purple Onion Restaurant, aka,
Grebel Ballet, where Stevan and Deborah Grebel offer pre-professional training, private coaching, and professional
training for the intense students who desire specific and personally integrated work.  Furthermore, children's pre-ballet
classes are offered to ages 3-5, beginning/intermediate adult ballet classes, yoga, as well as technique training for
athletes, dance and cheer teams, majorettes, ice skaters, gymnasts, and recreational teen ballet.  Many aspiring Junior
Miss and Miss Alabama hopefuls come to Grebel for choreography and coaching.  It is
the Grebel's belief that one can fully "experience and enjoy the freedom of dance through pure technique."

*Ballet technique is the basis for all forms of dance, and the students who attend the academy are looking for a strong
foundation. Classes are small, as individual attention to each student is imperative to the growth and development of
great technique. Unlikemany "dancing schools,"  where there may be 20 or 30 students in a class, the Grebel's are able
to mentor each student who desires to study. Ballet and ballet-related classes are taught, also:  jazz, tap, lyrical and hip-
hop, as well as master classes in these areas.  

* Stevan Grebel was trained by the foremost teacher of classical ballet in the world, Alexander Pushkin, at the Kirov
Ballet in Russia, in the Vaganova method. Classes are also mixed with the Bolshoi Ballet's premiere method of classes
developed by Asaf Messerer.  No other syllabus develops the elegant long lines, high extensions, musicality, strength and
crystal-clearstyle that is so representative of Vaganova and Messerer technique.  The greatest dancers and teachers in
the world are trained in the Vaganova and Russian Methods. Moreover, Grebel has worked with great teachers, dancers
and choreographerssuch as George Balanchine, Frederic Franklin, Leonide Massine, George Skibine, Edward Caton,
Roland Petite, Rudolf Nureyev, Eric Bruhn, Rosella Hightower, Ludmilla Tcherina, Sonia Arova, Ivan Nagy, Dmitri
Parlic, John Taras, Maurice Bejart,  to name afew. The Grebels' extensive work in ballet makes them the leader in
classical ballet  training in Alabama, as well as the world. The studio has a family atmosphere where parents are
encouraged to interact with the teachers and are allowed to observe classes, often times on request. Forinformation
about the programs, contact us at 205-987-7234 or email us at

The Principles of Classical Ballet, Vaganova:   
The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina
Vaganova (1879–1951). It fuses elements of traditional French style from the romantic era with the athleticism and
virtuosity of Italian technique.[1] The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with
equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of
the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range.

Classes in Classical Ballet, Messerer:
Asaf Mikhailovich Messerer (Russian: Асаф Михайлович Мессерер, November 19, 1903 - March 7, 1992) was a
Russian Jewish ballet dancer and ballet teacher. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 1919 until 1921 he trained as a
dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet School under Mikhail Mordkin. He then joined the Bolshoi Theatre, where he became a
successful soloist, eventually becoming their chief soloist, a post he retired from in 1954.

Today Messerer is best remembered as a choreographer and an instructor; he was both the choreographer and ballet
master for the Bolshoi Theatre. His book Classes in Classical Ballet is a thorough study of proper ballet technique and is
still used today.

Ballet Education, Legat:
Nadine Nicolaeva-Legat, Russian born, was the Prima Ballerina of the Imperial and State theatres of Moscow and St.
Petersburg.  Together with her husband she founded The Russian Ballet Society, where they promoted the Russian
classical style ballet training. They came to England in 1923. After a brief spell in France, they returned and opened a
school in London, where such famous artists as, Anton Dolin, Margot Fonteyn, Andre Eglevsky, Moira Shearer &
Nathalie Krassovska were training. After the death of her husband Nadine retired from the theatre to continue with the
training in the school. She was the founder of the Legat School of Ballet in Kent. She was married to Nikolai Legat, who
danced with the Mariinsky Ballet. She taught many notable ballet dancers, including Anneliese von Oettingen.
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