This year, joining us for our annual Winter Intensive will be Russian ballet legend Irina Kolpakova and American Ballet Theatre stars Sascha Radetsky and Stella Abrera.

Reach new technical heights, gain artistic insight, and experience the presence of ballet stars at our 2020 Winter Intensive. Held in the heart of New York City, this 3-day ballet intensive combines meticulous Vaganova technique classes with rare guest appearances from stars of the ballet world. This intensive is a preview to the 2020 “Summer with the Stars” Intensive, and caters to each dancer’s needs and strengths.


For our Winter Workshop, we welcome students ages 12 and older, including professional dancers. Interested dancers may audition by video submission. The deadline for video auditions for this program is January 15, 2020. Visit our Audition Page for more information

2020 WI Faculty:


Legendary ballerina Irina Kolpakova coaching students at OWDF’s 2017 Winter Intensive.

In addition to being prima ballerina of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre, Irina Kolpakova is now the principals’ coach of the American Ballet Theatre. She was one of Agrippina Vaganova’s last students, and has also received the prestigious title of People’s Artist of the USSR.


Image from ABT

Sascha Radetsky is a former soloist with the American Ballet Theatre and former principal with the Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Berlin Staatsballett. He currently serves as Artistic Director of the ABT Studio Company.


Stella Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed a Soloist in 2001.  She was appointed Principal Dancer in 2015, and continues dancing with the company today.

Schedule & Tuition

Our Winter Intensive will be held on January 18 – 20, 2020 (MLK weekend) from 2 – 6 PM. Location will be as follows:

Saturday, January 18: Gibney Dance Studios at 890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (rehearsal building of American Ballet Theatre)

Sunday, January 19* : Baryshnikov Arts Center at 450 W 37th St #501, New York, NY 10018

Monday, January 20: Gibney Dance Studios at 890 Broadway

*Please note that there will also be an audition held for those wishing to attend our 2020 Summer Intensive.

Tuition will be $450 for a full 3-day package, or $175 per day.

Once accepted into the program, students will receive an acceptance letter with an attached link to make payments. Otherwise, payments may be made below, or at this link here.

Teacher Training

Due to popular request, we are offering Teacher Training during our Winter Intensive this year! Teachers can come in to observe, ask questions, and learn from such notables as Irina Kolpakova (ABT principal dancers’ coach, prima ballerina of Mariinsky Theatre), Sascha Radetsky (Artistic Director of ABT studio company), Stella Abrera (principal dancer of ABT), and our own founders, Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov (both graduates of Vaganova Ballet Academy and dancers of Mariinsky Theatre). Fees will be $100 per day, or $250 for all three days.
Please complete the Application Form (please print form, complete, and scan or photograph) and email to 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.

Payments can be made at the following link: Winter Teacher Training Payments

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.