Pointe Magazine Tells Story of Cinderlla Premier in Houston

Our students enjoy the chance of performing alongside Misty Copeland after attending our Winter Workshop
and Summer Intensive programs!!!

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Join Us for Our 2017 Training Programs

Our 2017 training programs include a Winter Workshop in NYC and Summer Intensive and Teacher Training in Riga, Latvia.

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Summer Programs in Riga, Latvia

Our 2017 Summer Intensive and Teachers Training will return to Riga, Latvia with renowned international instructors who are Vaganova Academy graduates for a two week program in July 2017. Unique Teacher Training will coincide allowing teachers to learn teaching methods of Agrippina Vaganova and see them used.

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We are happy to announce that we have formalized a unique opportunity that many of you have been asking for! Interested students may be invited to train during the year with us. Our current hardworking participants have been training and performing with us in the U.S. and will join us in Russia and Latvia.


Our Cinderella Success

Our motto "United by Dance" was showcased with a premier of "Cinderella" in Houston, TX. In honor of our mentors and teachers, this ballet brought together inspiration from Russian orphans with local youth and professional ballet dancers including Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III of American Ballet Theatre.

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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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