“Summer with the Stars” 2020 Intensive

Are you looking for a unique intensive where you will not only improve tremendously, but grow from the teaching, guidance, and experience of the ballet stars of the world? If so, then attend our “Summer with the Stars” Intensive from August 10-22, 2020! Learn from the professionals themselves, and discover the secrets of the Vaganova method that have created so many legendary dancers.

Our intensive will bring ballet stars from prestigious companies right to the heart of New York City. Accepted students will experience a transformative 2 weeks of Vaganova training and master classes from guest ballet stars. Teachers can also apply to observe, ask questions, and learn successful teaching methods through our Teacher Training Program.

Click here to read past success stories from our Summer Intensives.

Click here to read about our faculty from past intensives.

Quick Facts:

Dates: August 10 – 22, 2020*

*Please note: the original dates for this intensive were August 3-15, 2020. However, to accommodate to the schedules of our guest faculty, we have moved the dates to August 10-22. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Location: Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, New York

Curriculum: Ballet technique | Men’s classes | Pointe | Repertoire | Variations| Acting | Character | Conditioning|

Tuition: Accepted students can pay $1950 for the full 2 weeks of classes, or $1000 per week on a week-by-week basis.

We ask accepted students to please first submit a $500 deposit to secure your enrollment with balance due in full by May 30, 2020. To submit payments, please navigate to our payment site here.


Auditions are made by video audition only. The deadline to submit your audition for the 2020 Summer Intensive is April 30, 2020. Please follow these steps to submit your video audition:

  1. Pay the $25 audition fee by clicking here.
  2. Print, complete, and scan or photograph the Audition Form by clicking here.
  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 in two to three weeks.



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 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

OWDF Founder Anton Boytsov partnering with Uliana Lopatkina.

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.

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.

Guest Faculty


Principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre

Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston joined American Ballet Theatre as a corps de ballet member in 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014.

Among many other roles, her repertory with the American Ballet Theatre includes Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Summer in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Giselle, the title role in Jane Eyre, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Sylvia and Persephone in Sylvia, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, the lead in Theme and Variations, and Princess Tea Flower in Whipped Cream.

Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award, and was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet. *

Isabella Boylston is among our guest star faculty and will be teaching master classes in addition to a Question and Answer session.

*Photos and abbreviated biography from ABT.org.

Please stay tuned for additional announcements on our Summer Intensive faculty.