Summer Intensive Program Details


Join us for our 2018 NYC Summer Intensive 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 that you’ve been searching for. Train with top Instructors who are seasoned professionals and graduates of the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as stars of classical ballet from world most famous ballet companies like Mariinsky Theater including American Ballet Theatre Coach & Instructors - Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov. Many of our teachers may be retiring soon so don’t pass up an opportunity to absorb their special knowledge!!


Our 2018 Summer Intensive and Teachers Training will be held in New York City for three weeks from July 30th through August 18th. The final week of our Summer Programs will be held at Baryshnikov Arts Center.


Small classes in a nurturing environment taught by Vaganova graduates including direct students of Agrippina Vaganova. Classes are characteristic of classical Russian training and will be accompanied by a live pianist. Class schedules will include:

  • ballet technique,
  • variations,
  • partnering (adv. Level),
  • character,
  • acting,
  • ballet history and more.

    Joining our founders, Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov, in providing exceptional classical training, our instructors come from a group of teachers we have had the pleasure of working with in the past, as well as some new to us that are very highly sought after.

    Former teaching staff includes:
  • Professor Safronova,
  • Professor Trofimova,and
  • Irina Kolpakova,
    all students of Agrippina Vaganova herself, and
  • Sir Cyril Atanaosff, Paris Opera.

  • As part of our innovative program we will emphasize training in Character Dance, and important element of great ballets such as “Paquita,” “Don Quixote,” “Raymonda," and "La Bayadere". Master teacher, Elena Sherstneva, a former Principal Dancer with Mariinsky Theatre and Professor of Vaganova Ballet Academy will conduct Character classes each day of our Summer Intensive and Teacher Training. See more information on our illustrious instructors.


    For students as young as eleven years old who are at an advanced beginner level through professional dancers wanting to perfect their technique and perhaps looking toward a teaching career, this presents a rare opportunity to train with master teachers and receive coaching as it is taught at the Vaganova Academy of St Petersburg, Russia. Ideal students have a passion for dance and for learning. Participants have come from many countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, UK, and the United States. Some have trained in the Russian style, others come from an emphasis on other styles.

    Also, visit Teacher Training for more information on this exciting program held in conjunction with our Summer Intensive. Learn from professors who are some of Agrippina Vaganova’s last students still teaching today.

    Men’s Program

    Learn from the finest male teachers. Cyril Atanasoff, Etoile of Opera de Paris, and Vladilen Semenov, Mariinsky Theatre, both with the designation as Danseur Noble and l’Etoile, respectively, both are of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a dancer.

    They will not only teach technique, variations and pas de deux classes, they will also share their experience, as highly honored dancers, in special men's classes during the Intensive. The classes will be kept small and therefore they will offer a lot of personal attention.

    The role of a male dancer is to tell a story. This requires the dancer to understand many historical nuances from past centuries. It is the male dancer's role to show his masculinity and/or charisma along-side the female so he too can standout and shine on stage. They must show proper manners and respect often as royalty. Today, the traditional training schools do not always have a seasoned male professional to pass on these subtle, but very important, traits that a successful dancer must learn. We feel very strongly that learning this along with perfecting technique is of the utmost importance and these teachers are some of the best, most experienced teachers to do so.

    We will be offering a few scholarships to males who are interested in attending the program. All scholarships granted will be based on merit.


    Our program will conclude with a showcase with family of students who travel to New York as our guests on Saturday, August 18th at the Jerome Robbins Theater


    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 and performances. All attendees at our Winter Workshop 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 Ms. Shchelkanova and Mr. Boytsov. We are delighted that three of our students from 2016/2017 are now members of professional companies in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia and performing around the world!


    Visit the Audition page for more information.


    Tuition covers class attendance. Additional excursions may be offered at an additional charge.

    Tuition for three week program - $2,550

    Once accepted into the program, a non-refundable $500 deposit will be due to secure your place in the program. After that registrations will be permitted based on space availability. The full tuition balance will be due April 15, 2018. Deposits and tuition payments are non-refundable and may be made by PAYPAL adding a 3% processing and handling fee or by check. A PayPal link will be included in your acceptance email or make checks payable to Open World Dance Foundation and send to: Open World Dance Foundation, Inc.; 2200 Front Street, Suite 301; Melbourne, FL 32901. When you mail your check or for assistance with payments, please contact us at

    Tuition must be paid in full by April 15, 2018.


    Attendees will make travel arrangements including airfare, room and board.

      Updated as of February 9, 2018. Subject to change.