Come join us for a weekend of variations coaching and ballet technique!

February 18 and 19, 2024

Joffrey Ballet School: 434 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan NY

In honor of our upcoming Cinderella production with Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside, this year’s Winter Workshop focuses on the Fairy Variations and Mazurka from the ballet. Led by SAG Award Winner and American Ballet Theatre/Mariinsky Theatre Alumna Ekaterina Shchelkanova, this workshop delves into the secrets behind each variation and is a mini-intensive for any dancer seeking to improve their technique.

Whether you are already a part of this production or not, we invite all dancers to join us on this exclusive experience that will bring your technique and versatility to the next level!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 17, 2024


Each day of the Winter Workshop will be 4-6 hours of intensive training and will consist of ballet technique class followed by variations. We ask dancers to bring their ballet shoes, pointe shoes, and character shoes. All classes will be held on February 18 and 19 at the Joffrey Ballet School: 434 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan NY.


SINGLE Day In-Person tuition: $180

DOUBLE Day In-Person tuition: $300




Former soloist of Mariinsky Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, Director of Elite Training Program

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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.

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, principal coach at American Ballet Theatre, at the 2016 Winter Workshop.