Join us for our 2019 Vaganova Winter Master Classes, and experience the comprehensive Vaganova Method taught by renowned teachers and graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and former dancers of Mariinsky Theatre! Our unique program caters to each dancer’s needs and strengths, as we get deep into the secrets of Agrippina Vaganova’s method that you’ve been searching for.

We will hold master classes for three days in New York City. This boot camp style workshop in Vaganova technique includes a chance to learn from our accomplished founders, Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov, that will raise your artistry and understanding of classical ballet to a new level, particularly through a focus on musicality and artistic expression in addition to technique. This session is a valuable chance to assess your training and reboot your motivation as you head into the spring semester.

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


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 February 20, 2019. Visit our Audition Page for more information.

Schedule & Tuition

Our Winter Workshop will be held at Gibney Dance Studios,
890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, from 2 – 6 PM throughout February 22 to 24, 2019. *

*On February 24, classes will be held 12 – 4 PM at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Please note that this class will also be held as an audition opportunity for those unable to attend other days of the Winter Master Classes and/or send in video auditions.

Tuition will be $350 for 3 days, or $125 for 1 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:

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.