DANCE OPEN: steps towards success


In a dull ballet landscape of St. Petersburg DANCE OPEN ballet festival looks unexpectedly alive: Alexandrinski theatre, adorned with gold and crimson, pleasant surprises and a whole crew of ballet stars



Having started its history from a series of master-classes of the leading teachers from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet for talented ballet students of different nations, the International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN has been growing and strengthening its positions every year, as well as gaining an irreproachable reputation in Russia and abroad.

DANCE OPEN today is one of the biggest ballet forums in the world. The prestigious British edition “The Independent” has called it one of the most influential festivals in Europe.

Over 14 years of its history, the Festival has got its own artistic style showing best international soloists, crowning choreographies, master-classes of ballet stars and teachers, prestigious Award, as well as unique ballet programs, dedicated to the legends of Russian and International Ballet.

During 13 DANCE OPEN's seasons over 180 stars of world ballet representing leading companies from 13 countries have shined in the galas.

DANCE OPEN has held over 120 master-classes with over 700 young participants from 18 countries.

DANCE OPEN Awards Ceremony has become one of the most prestigious society events in Saint-Petersburg.

Our goal is to make each Festival unique, extraordinary, and unforgettable!

Therefore, we treasure memories about the past festivals. Please  join us to share the memories together!


DANCE OPEN can be proud of its reputation and trust in the ballet world. Russian and international ballet community always needs to have recognition and interaction. Saint-Petersburg, being one of the international ballet capitals, and its DANCE OPEN, are close to play this connecting role.

Anna Galayda, “Expert”