BE PART OF "CINDERELLA", a new ballet production

Starring Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III in Houston, TX.

Join us for this unique, world premier production on November 10th and 11th, 2016
at the Sarofim Hall (Hobby Center for the Performing Arts) in Houston, Texas. Tickets on sale now. Sponsorship opportunities available.

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In November, OWDF will bring together the music of Prokofiev, ballet stars including Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III, local youth and the dreams and designs of Russian orphans in "Cinderella".  Performances will be held on November 10 and 11, 2016 at the Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall.  



This summer we completed our fifth Summer Intensive and Teacher's Training.

We thank our incomparable instructors, all our participants, their families and Baryshnikov Arts Center for this great experience.

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Unique Training Opportunities

We commit to share the Vaganova method and Russian ballet training and have completed five years of exceptional training through our summer intensives and teachers training. We also offer mid-winter and other master class series.>Updates about 2017 programs are in process.

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Our Mission and Purpose

Posted October 2014

Open World Dance Foundation promotes the preservation and development of the traditions of professional ballet education.The art of ballet celebrates the beauty of life. Russian ballet has played a key role in the development and continuation of the art form giving the world great classical ballets such as "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake" and so many more; producing amazing artists including Anna Pavlova, Michael Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, George Balanchine, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Uliana Lopatkina and Diana Vishneva to name a few. These artists also share a common source of training at the school, once known as Imperial Ballet School celebrating more than 276 years, now named Vaganova Academy. The school was renamed after the famous Professor Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) who brought together and codified the foundational elements of classical ballet training in a way that has proven to create beautiful, expressive, powerful dancers. Very few have access to this pure form of Vaganova training. In fact, there are just four of Vaganova's students still teaching today. These women, all in their eighties, and other professors and teachers trained at Vaganova Academy are brought together at the Open World Dance Foundation Summer Intensive and Teacher Training to be shared with the students who are fortunate to participate.

Read this recent article from "The Guardian" for a summary of the uniqueness of the ballet traditions we share.
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