Train with the PRIMA BALLERINA of the Bolshoi Theatre!

Learn from WORLD FAMOUS BALLERINAS like Evgenia Obraztsova, perform beautiful choreography by the sea, and enjoy the stunning scenery of Bulgaria at our 2022 Summer Intensive!

This Intensive is a rare chance to personally train with dancers from the top ballet theatres of the world. With beautiful facilities facing towards the Black Sea, students and professionals will enjoy long, sunny days training with dancers of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres, culminating in a performance opportunity like no other! Simultaneously, participants will enjoy the beautiful resort area of St. Vlas and the stunning facilities at our hotel accommodations!

If you are a professional dancer or a professional-level dancer preparing for the next season, this is also your chance to be personally coached by several world-famous ballerinas and take your career to the next level! Prepare your audition materials and/or company repertoire under the guidance of the very best in the ballet world!

Summer Intensive: August 1 – 20 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:
  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 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 MAY 30, 2022.



Prima Ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater and Honored Artist of Russia

PRIMA BALLERINA of the Bolshoi Theatre and Honored Artist of Russia, Evgenia Obraztsova graduated from the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2002 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet, where she quickly rose through the ranks as an emerging star. She frequently guests in principal roles with companies like the Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Among her numerous awards, she is the recipient of the gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (2005) and the Golden Mask Award (2007), Russia’s most prestigious theatre prize. In 2012, Obraztsova joined the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow where she is still dancing as Prima Ballerina.


Current First Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy

After graduating from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2015 (class of Tatiana Udalenkova), Renata Shakirova joined the Mariinsky Ballet. In 2016, Renata was announced Winner of Rossiya-Kultura TV’s project Grand Ballet together with Kimin Kim. With excellent musicality and an irresistable stage presence, Renata has graced a vast number of roles in ballets like Le Corsaire, Giselle, Shurale, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Legend of Love, and La Bayadere. Today, Renata continues to fill the Mariinsky Stage with stunning beauty and classicism as a First Soloist.


Current First Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, Honoured Artist of Russia, graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy

After graduating from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1999, Yekaterina Osmolkina went on to work with the Mariinsky Theatre. Along with being awarded the tile Honoured Artist of Russia, Yekaterina was the prize-winner at the Vaganova-prix competition (St Petersburg, 1998) and recipient of the Golden Sophit, St Petersburg’s highest theatre prize (2006). She has been described as possessing a mastery that has been “honed to the degree that it is not just powerful, but meaningful” by Kultura. After more than 20 years of performing with the Mariinsky Theatre, Osmolkina continues her career as a First Soloist with grace and poise.


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:

  • Gymnastics–special floor exercises done by PRINCIPAL dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre
  • Ballet class
  • Pointe
  • Variations/Coaching with stars of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres
  • Character dance






3 WEEKS: 1950 Euros

2 WEEKS: 1550 Euros

1 WEEK: 875 Euros


3 WEEKS: 1600 Euros

2 WEEKS: 1300 Euros

1 WEEK: 750 Euros

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



In addition to the unique training opportunities offered at this Summer Intensive, participants will get the chance to experience the unique, beautiful, and historic city of Sveti Vlas!

With golden beaches opening up to the Black Sea, Sveti Vlas is a stunning resort town nestled at the foot of the Balkan Mountians. It features a unique microclimate and rich, multicultural history dating back to the 2nd century. “The sea air, saturated with ions of iodine and other beneficial microelements, is good for health. Coniferous forests growing on the mountain slopes also make it curative.” (History of Sveti Vlas)

U.S. citizens can travel to Bulgaria without a visa for up to 90 days per 180-day period!

For Russian citizens, we provide invitation letter support.