Our Partners, Supporters & Friends

We are honored by how our friends come together to support our programs. The following list highlights some of those who lend their names, time, efforts and kind words and support to Open World Dance Foundation’s vision and mission.


  • Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York City, New York
  • Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg, Russia
  • The George Balanchine Trust, Director, Ellen Sorrin, New York City, New York
  • BBR Bank, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Mikhailovsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
  • American Ballet Theatre, Director, Kevin McKenzie, New York
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre, Directors Franco DeVita & Raymond Lukens, New York
  • Yakobson State Ballet Theater, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Friends Club of the Shostakovich Academic Philharmonic, St Petersburg, Russia
  • The Capezio Dance Foundation, New Jersey, United States

Many of the world’s greatest artists:

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov 
  • Uliana Lopatkina
  • David Hallberg
  • Irina Kolpakova
  • Alessandra Ferri
  • Vladilen Semenov
  • Alla Osipenko
  • Irina Trofimova
  • Ludmila Safronova
  • Anna Netrebko
  • Andrian Fadeev
  • Julio Bocca
  • Cyril Atanasoff
  • Vladimir Malakhov
  • Darla Hoover
  • Lazaro Carreño
  • Elena Sherstneva
  • Aleksandr Stepin
  • and many more.

We also thank our cherished friends:

Dr. Melissa Cusumano and the Cusumano family, Marla Ruzicka, Kathleen Salah, Robert Underwood, Patrick Anderson, Phyllis Pawliw, Jill Oliver and Oliver family, DeEtte and Chris Whiteman, Jonathan Mariner, Paul Kolnik and Valerie Radetsky, Theresa Khawly, Robin Karzny, John Andderson, Richard and Ferris Bevins, Carolyn and Stan Mattfeld, Kelly and John England, Susan King, Dianne Domaratsky, Francois Richard, Beatrice Affron, Dr. Sabine-Laure Giesbert, and the many others who have helped us.