Open World Brings Balanchine's Choreography to Vaganova Academy

We are busily preparing for a hallmark, premier performance of George Balanchine's choreography
by current students of his alma mater, the Vaganova Academy. Founder, Ekaterina Shchelkanova had an idea
of how amazing this would be and acquired rights from The George Balanchine Trust for "Raymonda-Variations"
to be performed as part of the Grand Prix evening at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Repetiteur, Darla Hoover,
has arrived and is in residence at Vaganova Academy holding rehearsals with the help of our founders.
See rehearsal pictures and article from World Arts Today!

Grand Prix

OWDF INSPIRES U.S. Students to hold Benefit PErformance

Klein Oak High School with leadership by their Dance Company, DECA Association and International
Bacalaureate Program will be holding a benefit for Open World Dance Foundation. View invitation video.

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Vaganova Students & Balanchine

For the first time, Open World Dance Foundation is making it possible for Balanchine to be performed by students at the school where he was trained.

The Trust

1st U.S. Tour by Mikhailovsky Theatre

Our partners on Balanchine project, the Mikhailovsky Theatre are coming to New York. We are happy to unite them with US students and audiences.


Mikhaila, US Student at Vaganova

An attendee of our Summer Intensives in 2013 & 2014, Mikhaila Whiteman became our first U.S. student to be part of the academy's international program.

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Our Mission and Purpose

Posted October 2014

Open World Dance Foundation promotes the preservation and development of the traditions of professional ballet education.The art of ballet celebrates the beauty of life. Russian ballet has played a key role in the development and continuation of the art form giving the world great classical ballets such as "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake" and so many more; producing amazing artists including Anna Pavlova, Michael Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, George Balanchine, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Uliana Lopatkina and Diana Vishneva to name a few. These artists also share a common source of training at the school, once known as Imperial Ballet School celebrating more than 276 years, now named Vaganova Academy. The school was renamed after the famous Professor Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) who brought together and codified the foundational elements of classical ballet training in a way that has proven to create beautiful, expressive, powerful dancers. Very few have access to this pure form of Vaganova training. In fact, there are just four of Vaganova's students still teaching today. These women, all in their eighties, and other professors and teachers trained at Vaganova Academy are brought together at the Open World Dance Foundation Summer Intensive and Teacher Training to be shared with the students who are fortunate to participate.

Read this recent article from "The Guardian" for a summary of the uniqueness of the ballet traditions we share.
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