Announcing Mid-Winter Workshop in NYC - February 14-18, 2016

Daily master classes including Variations class with Guest Teacher, Irina Kolpakova -
Former Principal Dancer of Kirov Ballet and currently coaching at American Ballet Theatre.

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Our unique summer intensive and teacher's training returns to New York City from July 11, to August 5, 2016. Our audition schedule is set. We welcome DVD auditions and encourage early applications for dancers and teachers interested in participating.



Each year our training programs for dancers and instructors from around the world have continued to grow and evolve. We are honored to unite amazing people through dance. Check out our past highlights and make plans to join us in 2016.

Past Trainings

Traditions We Share

The unique methods and training we share dates back over 275 years to the founding of our school in St. Petersburg, Russia and then captured and codified by Agrippina Vaganova. We are blessed to bring those traditions to future generations.

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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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