Founded by choreographer John Cranko in 1971, the school became one of the first internationally esteemed centres for young dancers under the leadership of Anne Woolliams. One of the most renowned ballet schools in the world, the John Cranko School is affiliated with the Stuttgart Ballet and has been under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz since 1999. Its principal focus is on the classical Vaganova technique and on studying classical variations, while further subjects, including Modern, Improvisation and Spanish Dance, round off the training. Notable choreographers are regularly brought in to create their own works in cooperation with the school. From the age of ten, students from all over the world can stay at the boarding school and attend a state school. Training at the academy takes two years and ends with a state-approved qualification as a dancer.