July 25 – August 6, 2022

In-person in Middlebury, Connecticut (USA)

Cap off your summer with THE intensive that will take your ballet technique, artistry, and career to the next level!

Our highly effective training allows each individual to unlock their greatest artistic and technical potential. Following our training programs, students have gone on to dance professionally all over the world–and you could be the next one!

After graduating from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and dancing at the Mariinsky theatre and American Ballet Theatre, OWDF directors have held intensives worldwide that have changed students’ lives. Remaining committed to preserving the Vaganova method and spreading the beauty of classical art, this year, our intensive is coming to the U.S.!

Join us this summer, in collaboration with Brass City Ballet, for an unforgettable learning opportunity!

Summer Intensive: July 25 – August 6, 2022



  1. Print, complete, and scan or photograph the Audition Form by clicking here.
  2. Register and submit payment for your video audition at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/213077698640161
  3. Create a 10-15 minute video including the following:
  • The applicant stating his/her name, age, and reason for pursuing ballet training;
  • Short combinations at the barre, on one side only, of the following: Plié, battement tendu, rond de jambe par terre, grand battements;
  • Center work: Adagio, petite and grand allegro, turns.

Finally, please send your Audition Form and video link to ekaterinaowf@gmail.com. Those who submit a video audition can expect to hear the results of their audition within two weeks.

The deadline to submit all audition material is JULY 15, 2022.



OWDF Founder, former soloist of Mariinsky Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ekaterina Shchelkanova (Chtchelkanova) received her dance training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Upon graduation, she joined the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky Theatre) as a soloist, where she danced a variety of leading roles in major classical ballets. Ms. Shchelkanova joined American Ballet Theatre in 1995, and as a soloist with the Company, she excelled in a variety of soloist and principal roles.

Ms. Shchelkanova’s versatility, strong classical training and technical skill in classical and contemporary dance allowed her to work closely with legendary Twyla TharpSallie WilsonJohn NeumeierFrederik Franklin, and Mark Morris. Her amazing training and pure classical line were noticed by such masters as Gelsey KirklandNatalia Makarova, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

In January 2006, Ekaterina accepted a position of Artistic Director at the Berlin International Dance Festival. As a guest, Ekaterina taught classes at the National Ballet of Canada and ABT’s JKO School. She joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as ballet mistress and since September 2007, held the same position at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal until she founded Open World Dance Foundation.


OWDF Founder, former dancer of Mariinsky Theatre, graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy

At the age of 10, Mr. Boytsov was accepted to Vaganova Academy of St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduating from Vaganova Academy, Mr. Boytsov was invited to join Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Theatre), where his great partnering skills allowed stage partnerships with such stars like Uliana Lopatkina, Svetlana Zakharova, Yulia MakhalinaAltinai Asilmuratova, Olga Chenchikova, and many others.

OWDF Founder Anton Boytsov partnering with Ulyana Lopatkina.

In 2011, Mr. Boytsov organized and helped to host JKO School of American Ballet Theatre first teacher’s training course in St. Petersburg, Russia.
This international event opened doors to teachers and ballet students of America and Russia to fruitful collaborations through projects connecting the ballet communities of America, Russia, and other countries. In 2013-14, Mr. Boytsov worked with Ballet Theatre Houston and Robert Underwood’s Studio of Dance. Currently, Mr. Boytsov enjoys sharing his professional skills and love for dance through Open World Dance Foundation as a founder and Vice-President.

For a more detailed biography on our founders, please click here.


This intensive features a well-rounded program to help each dancer reach their highest potential both technically and artistically! Classes include:

  • Ballet technique class
  • Physical conditioning
  • Pointe
  • Variations/Coaching
  • Character dance
  • Pas de deux


Our Teacher Training Program not only focuses on sharing the secrets behind the Vaganova curriculum, but also showing teachers how to train their students more effectively.

In addition to observing and/or participanting in classes, participants of our Teacher Training Program take part in Question and Answer sessions and discussions at the end of each day.




Accommodation may be available upon request. Please direct all inquiries to ekaterinaowf@gmail.com.


In-person training:

Advanced/Intermediate level:

2 WEEKS: $1500

1 WEEK: $850

Beginner level (ages 9-12):

2 WEEKS: $590

1 WEEK: $320

Zoom option:

2 WEEKS: $950

1 WEEK: $500

*** A PROFESSIONAL RATE for dancers in professional companies is available upon request. For inquiries, please email: ekaterinaowf@gmail.com.***