2019 Teacher Training in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Teacher Training will again be offered in conjunction with our 2019 Summer Intensive, which will be held from July 15th through July 27th, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This program will give the chance to a limited number of teachers to observe all of our classes being taught the way it is done where our founders trained, Vaganova Ballet Academy, and be immersed in not only learning the Vaganova theory, but also experiencing this theory being applied to our SI students.

Teacher training participants will be able to observe all disciplines of our training including acting classes, variations, partnering, etc. being taught by our faculty including Prima Ballerina Uliana Lopatkina, and one of Agrippina Vaganova’s students and Star of Mariinsky Theatre, Irina Kolpakova. The Teacher Training program will cover teaching methodology for all eight levels and offer daily question and answer sessions, as well as special lectures on unique aspects of Vaganova training.

To learn more about our Summer Intensive program, please visit Summer Intensive Details.

Our unique approach described by past participants

“Your intensive [gives] the feeling [that] you are in the cradle of dance.”

– Past participant of OWDF Teacher Training Program

We asked our participants to describe their experiences with our program:

” I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the OWDF Teacher Training Program in July 2016, and fell in love with the program and with the teachers, all who shared their incomparable knowledge with absolute devotion and passion. One year later, I had the privilege of inviting Ekaterina and Anton to Costa Rica to work with my students. Watching them teach is without doubt the BEST experience ever! 

Today, finding a credible teacher to pass on the Vaganova style is a challenge. Teachers at OWDF offer systematic analyses on the study of each movement, and their individual approach makes it possible to get REAL answers to our questions! I admire OWDF for bringing us close to Vaganova’s impeccable training standards. Learning from them is an honor for anyone who respects Vaganova’s centuries of tradition and the importance to preserve its place in the culture of the world. ” 

– Maria Jiménez, San José, Costa Rica.

“I’ve taken the … courses that [another major program] provides in NY, during three consecutive summers… it’s very interesting, but very different from what you did. I loved them both, but your intensive is like having the feeling you are in the cradle of dance. We can observe the artistry, the philosophy. Having Kolpakova is a plus. And Safronova… directly from Agrippina!! And Elena, And Semenov . . . [The other program] is strictly technical, very useful for learning to create combinations, but lacks the artistic insight you show… Your program is more complete.” 

– Teacher from Argentina


Please complete the Application Form (please print form, complete, and scan or photograph) and email to ekaterinaowf@gmail.com along with your resume. Application forms will be accepted until the program is full. We offer a limited number of openings to ensure the best experience for participants.


Tuition options are as follows:

  • FULL PACKAGE, including two-week training course, hotel, and excursions: $2995*
  • Two-week training course and excursions (no hotel): $2250

*Please see below for Visa Support prices.

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 participants to fully experience the history and culture of the world’s ballet capital!

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. The full tuition balance, minus any student tuition credits, will be due May 1, 2019. Deposits and tuition payments are non-refundable (with the exception of additional student tuition credits identified after payment) and may be made by PAYPAL adding a 3% processing and handling fee or by check. A PAYPAL link will be included with your acceptance email or you may 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 ekaterinaowf@gmail.com.

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.

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 personVisa 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): ivisa.ru/hotels/oktober-hotel/

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