For those who are unable to attend our Vaganova Winter Master Classes and/or send in a Video Audition, an audition for our 2019 Summer Intensive will be held February 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Please note that registration begins at 11:45 PM, and audition fee is $30. 


Join us for our 2019 Summer Intensive in historic Saint Petersburg, Russia and experience the comprehensive Vaganova Method taught by our  exceptional faculty, including Uliana Lopatkina, Irina Kolpakova, Elena Sherstneva, and Anatoly Sidirovall stars of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre! Our unique program will cater to each dancer’s needs and work in extreme detail to perfect artistry and technique, culminating in a showcase at the end of the program. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn the pure Vaganova method–from the stars themselves–before they retire.

Furthermore, the experience of being in Saint Petersburg–the Ballet Capital of the world–will greatly enrich students’ lives: they will be able to watch live performances at the famous Mariinsky Theatre and visit countless museums and palaces, including the Winter Palace (now known as the Hermitage), the place where the very first students of the Russian Imperial Ballet School (now known as Vaganova Academy) were trained. Students will walk the streets that George Balanchine walked as a little boy, and experience the city where countless ballet stars–Pavlova, Dyagilev, Fokine, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, and many more–spent their lives. There is so much to say and even more to see! 

Dates & Location

Our 2019 Summer Intensive and Teachers Training will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia for two weeks, from July 15th through July 27th. We will soon update with the exact location of the studios.


Joining our founders, Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov, in providing exceptional classical training, our instructors come from a group of teachers we have had the pleasure of working with in the past, as well as some new to us that are very highly sought after. Former teaching staff includes: Professor Safronova, Professor Trofimova, and Irina Kolpakova,
all students of Agrippina Vaganova herself, and Sir Cyril Atanaosff, from Paris Opera Ballet.

For the 2019 Summer Intensive, Prima Ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre, Uliana Lopatkina, will conduct variation classes. Master teacher, Elena Sherstneva, a former Principal Dancer with Mariinsky Theatre and Professor of Vaganova Ballet Academy will conduct Character classes. Mariinsky Prima Ballerina and American Ballet Theatre coach Irina Kolpakova will also be present, along with Anatoly Sidirov.

Students and Teacher Training

The Summer Intensive will be taught in small classes in a nurturing environment taught by Vaganova graduates, including direct students of Agrippina Vaganova. Classes are characteristic of classical Russian training and will be accompanied by a live pianist. Class schedules will include: ballet technique, variations, partnering (adv. Level), character, acting, ballet history and more.

For students as young as eleven years old who are at an advanced beginner level through professional dancers wanting to perfect their technique and perhaps explore teaching, this presents a rare opportunity to train with master teachers and receive coaching as it is taught at the Vaganova Academy of St Petersburg, Russia. Ideal students have a passion for dance and for learning. Past participants have come from many countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, UK, and the United States. Some have trained in the Russian style, while others came from an emphasis on other styles.

Additionally, visit our Teacher Training program for more information on this program that will be offered in conjunction with the 2019 Summer Intensive.

Men’s Program

The role of a male dancer is to tell a story, and to show his masculinity and charisma alongside the female so he too can shine onstage. In order to become a refined artist, the dancer must understand many historical nuances from past centuries. Male dancers in particular must also show proper manners and respect. We feel very strongly that learning this along with perfecting technique is of the utmost importance and that these teachers are some of the best teachers to impart these skills.

Our male teachers, including Mr. Anatoly Sidorov and Mr. Anton Boytsov, both of the Mariinsky Theatre, will not only teach technique and variations, but they will also share their experience, as highly honored dancers. The classes will be kept small and will therefore offer extensive personal attention.

We will also have pas de deux classes with master teacher Anatoly Sidirov, who has been teaching at the Vaganova Academy for decades! 

We will be offering a few scholarships to males who are interested in attending the program. All scholarships granted will be based on merit.


For our Summer Intensive, we accept dancers ages 11 and older, including professional dancers. Interested dancers may audition by video submission. The deadline for video auditions for this program is April 15, 2019. Visit our Audition Page for more information.

Tuition, Excursions, and Payment

Students will have the option to choose tuition that will cover:

  1. FULL PACKAGE, including hotel, classes, and excursions: $3495 *
  2. Classes and Excursions: $2750 *

*See below for the prices to obtain Visa Support.

Among our planned excursions include: a boat trip to Peterhof Palace, tour of the famed Hermitage, a boat city tour, and a visit to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin). This will be an excellent opportunity for students to fully experience the history and culture of the world’s ballet capital!

Tuition must be paid in full by: May 1, 2019

Once accepted into the program, a non-refundable $500 deposit will be due to secure your place in the program. After that, registrations will be permitted based on space availability. Deposits and tuition payments are non-refundable and may be made by PAYPAL adding a 3% processing and handling fee or by check. A PayPal link will be included in your acceptance email or make checks payable to Open World Dance Foundation and send to:

Open World Dance Foundation, Inc.; 2200 Front Street, Suite 301; Melbourne, FL 32901.

When you mail your check or for assistance with payments, please contact us at

Living Arrangements and Visa Support

Living arrangements for students, teachers, and parents of our 2019 Summer Intensive will be available at the Best Western of the Oktyabraskaya Hotel, conveniently located in the very center of Nevsky Prospekt.

For parents that wish to help with chaperoning our students, the 2-week hotel stay will be $795.

For a single parent who does not wish to chaperone, the 2-week hotel stay will be $995.

For teachers’ prices, please visit the “Tuition” section under the Teacher Training page.

In order to make the Visa process as easy as possible, Visa Support is provided by the Oktyabraskaya Hotel for the cost of 1500 rubles per person. Visa Support is only offered to Summer Program participants staying at the Oktyabraskaya Hotel. (Prices can be seen above.) The Visa Support includes a Foreign Traveler Entry Permit and a Tourist Voucher registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To obtain Visa Support, follow the steps of the following link (where you can select the appropriate language):

Additionally, students, teachers, and parents are responsible for travel arrangements.

Additional Opportunities

In addition to offering a rare opportunity to learn from our amazing instructors, our training programs also provide an entry-point to other Open World Dance Foundation programs – particularly our Elite Training Program and performances. All attendees at our Winter Workshop and Summer Intensive have the opportunity to be considered for year-round, hands-on, elite training and coaching. This program is offered to a maximum of eight students each year. Our Elite Training students are featured in soloist and demi-soloist roles in our performances, and travel the world while being coached Ms. Shchelkanova and Mr. Boytsov. We are delighted that three of our students from 2016/2017 ET program are now members of professional companies in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia and performing around the world!