Founders, Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov, trained at Vaganova Academy and danced with the world famous Kirov Ballet, now known as Mariinsky Theatre. Ekaterina went on to become a soloist of the American Ballet Theatre, dancing solo and principal roles, and coached as a ballet mistress at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens of Montreal. She has worked with an array of artists including Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp and won a SAG ensemble award for her role in the movie "Chicago". This was all thanks to ballet and she wants to share this gift with others. Anton Boytsov had a long and extensive career with Mariinsky Theatre and joins Ekaterina to share their passion for and knowledge of Russian ballet traditions. READ MORE.
BE PART OF "CINDERELLA", A NEW BALLET PRODUCTION
Starring Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III in Houston, TX.
We invite you to be part of this unique, world premier production on November 10th and 11th, 2016
at the Sarofim Hall (Hobby Center for the Performing Arts) in Houston, Texas. ;
AUDITIONS for Children's Cast (ages 7 and up, with or without dance training) and for Youth Ballet (intermediate - advanced ballet students) will be held at MetDance Center, 2808 Caroline Street on Saturday, August 27th at 4-6 pm; Sunday, August 28th from noon - 2 pm; Saturday, September 10th at 4-6 pm; and September 11th from noon - 2 pm. Please bring this form with you to audition.More Info
In November, OWDF will bring together the music of Prokofiev, ballet stars including Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III, local youth and the dreams and designs of Russian orphans in "Cinderella". Performances will be held on November 10 and 11, 2016 at the Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. More information including tickets coming soon.MORE INFO
Our unique summer intensive 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 those interested in participating.MORE INFO
OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE
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.Join Us
It started with a visit to a St. Petersburg orphanage where a young boy said he wanted to dance at the Mariinsky Theatre. This began a journey to inspire Russian orphans to pursue their dreams and led the Foundation to share the unique trainings developed by Agrippina Vaganova with dancers and teachers around the world as a way to inspire children to dream and aspire to those dreams. READ MORE.
The Foundation brings together an amazing range of friends and supporters who share a passion for the preservation and celebration of Russian ballet traditions. We enjoy the support and encouragement of them all including great dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ludmilla Safronova, Irina Kolpakova, Uliana Lopatkina, David Halberg and others. READ MORE.