Legat Foundation

The Legat Foundation of Russian Classical Ballet is a non profit making Charity run by trustees and presided over by Nikolai Tsiskaridze, director of the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg. Irek Mukhamedov OBE, Tatiana and Mimi Legat, Nicolai Legat’s grand daughters, are Vice Presidents. The Patrons are, HH princess Olga Romanoff, Dame Merle Park and Dame Beryl Grey.

The Legat Foundation was set up in 1995 when John & Barbara Gregory retired from teaching the Legat system in The Federation of Russian Classical Ballet. They started the Charity, The Legat Foundation, to advance the education of the public in the life and teachings of Nicholai Legat & the Johaansson- Legat system of classical ballet.

Part of the Charity is a collection of memorabilia including the Caricatures by Nicolai and Sergei Legat. Part of the collection is an exhibition which has toured extensively, it is usually shown with a lecture demonstration. The collection is housed in The National Arts Education Archive, Wakefield, Yorkshire, and can be viewed by appointment and is available for conferences etc.

Nicolai Legat taught in London for the last years of his life, all the great dancers of the time would take class with him in Colet Gardens. He is known as the grandfather of British ballet.

Ninette de Valois had private lessons with him as did Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Markova, Anton Dolin, Alan Carter etc.

Nadine Nicolaeva Legat, his wife, continued the school when he died & opened the first ballet boarding school, she continued until her death, when Eunice Bartell took over the school & turned it into the Russian Ballet Society.

The Legat Foundation of Russian Classical Ballet runs examinations in the Legat system to Advanced levels 1 & 2 and trains both Junior & Senior Teachers. We also award scholarships to student members to further their training.

The Legat Foundation is Accredited by the Board of Dance Qualification and Training – BDQT, and runs courses for students, teachers and examiners.