Are you ready to transform your technique? Sign up now for our Vaganova Technique and Variations Winter Workshop!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • WHEN: February 13-15, 2021; classes will be held from 3-7 PM EST on Saturday, February 13 and 12-4 PM EST on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • WHERE: Merritt Island, Florida (Virtual training through Zoom is available)
  • WHAT:  2 hours of Vaganova technique class followed by 1.5 hours of variations and Question and Answer sessions each day
  • WHO: All classes will be taught by renowned Russian ballet teachers Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov, both distinguished graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and former dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre
  • All attending teachers and students are welcome to observe and/or participate as desired.

DEADLINE: February 12, 2021

Sign up now!

In-Person and Zoom options available

Whether you are a pre-professional dancer ready to take your technique to the next level or a ballet teacher interested in learning the secrets of the Vaganova technique, we hope to work with you this winter!

If you wish to join us in person at our current studios in Merritt Island, Florida, please contact OWDF Director Ekaterina Shchelkanova at

If you would like to join us on virtually via Zoom, please be sure to provide a working email on your application form. Once your application is reviewed and tuition is accepted, this will be the email that all Zoom links to attend class will be sent to.


  • [VIRTUAL training] Single-Day Winter Workshop Tuition: $75
  • [VIRTUAL training] 3-Day Winter Workshop Package: $200
  • [IN-PERSON training] Single-Day Winter Workshop Tuition: $100
  • [IN-PERSON training] 3-Day Winter Workshop Package: $250

All payments can be made via the application forms above.

2021 Vaganova WW Faculty:


OWDF Founder, former soloist of Mariinsky Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy

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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

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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.

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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.

Elite Training Program / Summer Intensive

In addition to offering access to amazing instructors, our training programs also provide an entry point to other Open World Dance Foundation programs – particularly our Elite Training Program , Summer Intensive, and performances. All attendees at our Winter Master Classes 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 by Ms. Shchelkanova and Mr. Boytsov. We are delighted that three of our students from 2017 are now members of professional companies in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia and performing around the world!

OWDF students with Irina Kolpakova at the 2016 Winter Workshop.