A Historic Moment for American and Russian Cultures

For the first time ever in history, the Vaganova Academy will perform George Balanchine's choreography.
"Raymonda-Variations" will be performed on November 29, 2014 at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. At the same time,
Irina Kolpakova, a fellow graduate of Vaganova Academy and student of Agrippina Vaganova, prepares ABT to
perform "Raymonda Variations" this month at Lincoln Center as highlighted in the New York Times.


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.


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.

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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.

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