Our Mission and PurposePosted 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.