The First Guild

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The legendary Agrippina Vaganova teaching her last graduation class with Ludmila Komissarova in foreground (April 1951)​

A Guild is all about learning a craft.

The First Guild is about learning to craft yourself, to craft your identity.

Identity is connecting with your innate qualities and finding your natural mode of expression.

The Vaganova Method of Classical ballet is a powerful tool, which allows for the development of one’s qualities by establishing a mind-body connection

Our organization is dedicated to a most important aspect of the human journey: discovering our Identity. We approach this goal through an education in the principles inherent within the structure of Vaganova system of classical dance training.

Our organization received 501 c3 status in January 2008 under the name of Dance Into Unity, Inc. The main purpose of the charity was to raise autism awareness through visible dance productions. We were able to reach thousands of people through performing arts venues in the theaters of Los Angeles. In addition, our organization created workshops teaching youths to connect through dance. Our 2012 workshops were featured in the award-winning documentary film “Through the Heart of Tango” which we did in collaboration with Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films. See our history page at

in 2014, we changed the name of our organization to Autism Unites, Inc. and in 2016, we added The First Guild d.b.a. Our goal is to work with youth from all walks of life, focusing on healthy identity formation through innovative educational programs.