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Want to Dance like a Professional Ballerina? There’s an App for That.

Classical dance in the computer age.

Artificial intelligence is centre stage with an innovative ballet training program that uses augmented reality, algorithms, and advanced computer vision technologies. Now anyone can learn or perfect positions at home and dance like a ballerina.

More than a year and a half in development, 1on1 Ballet Studio Master Classes is the brainchild of Svetlana Lunkina, a Bolshoi-trained ballerina who worked closely with scientists and programmers from five countries—experts in the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and neural networks—to create a mobile training module powered by AI analytics.

The first of its kind, the multi-level online program utilizes centuries-old ballet exercises and combinations, recorded simultaneously by four cameras positioned at different angles. There are four main training modules comprising 20 exercises each and running approximately 45 minutes each for both beginner and professional-level dancers. Everything from basic pliés to rigorous battements tendus is taught to willing children or adults who want to learn ballet.

Students can follow the lessons wherever they can secure approximately five metres of space in which to move. The back of a chair can be used as a substitute for the ballet barre. Pointe shoes are optional. It works like this:

  • Detailed text explains which muscles are used for a given exercise and how best to execute it.
  • Users of the interactive system emulate the master dancer’s movements while recording themselves with a personal device.
  • Algorithm analytics measure the body in space and time, focusing on speed, positions, and poses.

What: Image of an app that uses AI to teach ballet.

The first of its kind, the multi-level online program utilizes centuries-old ballet exercises and combinations, recorded simultaneously by four cameras positioned at different angles.

AI technology then compares the student’s body positions and movements with those of the master dancer, highlighting differences that are then analyzed. Then, as if by a thoughtful teacher, suggestions on how to improve are conveyed by text message. The student can consult this data in order to monitor progress over a period of time.

Expected to come to market on December 15th, 1on1 Ballet Studio Master Classes comes with a curated soundtrack of 59 musical pieces running 96 minutes in length and a Ballet Fitness package consisting of 15 exercises, activated by a voice prompt, that are considered essential for classical dance.

“We have developed a platform that provides access to the best coaches in ballet,” Lunkina says. “Allowing you to see the differences in technique at any point of the movement focuses attention on problematic micro-movements that are important for successfully executing a professional-level ballet movement.”


November 20, 2019

Famed National Ballet of Canada star Svetlana Lunkina is behind the app 1on1 Ballet

Famed National Ballet of Canada star Svetlana Lunkina is behind the app 1on1 Ballet. AI technology records your movement—such as the position of your body in space, speed, angles, angular velocity—and compares it to a professional ballet dancer executing the same exercises, to help you analyze and correct your work. The app currently offers 59 different exercises. It’s available on Google Play and the Apple Store.

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at the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto


November 6 — 10, 2019


Orpheus Alive (World Premiere)

November 15 — 21, 2019

Etudes (Debut) & Piano Concerto #1 & Petite Mort (Debut)

November 27 — December 1, 2019

The Nutcracker

December 12, 2019 — January 4, 2020

The Nutcracker

December 20-24, 2019, Vancouver

(5 performances) with Dmitry Vyskubenko, Munich Ballet

Approximate Sonata & Petite Mort & Piano Concerto #1

 January 28 – 29, 2020, Washington

New Work by Crystal Pite (World Premiere) & Chroma

February 29 — March 7, 2020

Romeo and Juliet

March 11 — 22,  and  April 2 – 4, 2020, Ottawa

Swan Lake  (World Premiere)

June 5 — 21, 2020



Choreography: George Balanchine

Cast: Terpsichore
(March 2, 3, 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm/21 at 7:30 pm)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Cast: Mother/The Queen of Hearts
(March 8, 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm)

Point Magazine – Svetlana Lunkina Has the Most Insane Flexibility Workout We’ve Ever Seen

Usually, it’s the jaw-dropping moments on the stage that leave us equal parts inspired and amazed. But National Ballet of Canada principal Svetlana Lunkina has us totally in awe of her behind-the-scenes routine. A 2015 Pointe cover star (and former Bolshoi dancer), Lunkina shares as many clips on Instagram of her classes and rehearsals as she does glam stage shots. Earlier this week, she shared her floor workout—and you have to see it to believe it.

Calling this her “strength and flexibility” exercise, Lunkina begins lying flat on her stomach before lifting her chest and legs off the floor in unison. To make it even harder, she beats her legs and adds graceful port de bras, too. In the most mesmerizing moment of the clip, Lunkina finishes by grabbing her legs and pulling them closer towards her head. Consider this the ultimate motivator to work on your flexibility in the new year.