The Ballet School

The School of The Hamburg Ballet, established in 1978, trains young people from all over the world for a professional dance career. The syllabus gives priority to all aspects of classical-academic dance, but the syllabus includes as well courses dedicated to the techniques of modern and folk dance.

All classes are held in the Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier. This building, previously a high school for girls, is one of the last buildings designed by the famous Hamburg architect Fritz Schumacher. It has been converted into a training facility with nine studios, used by both The Hamburg Ballet Company and the School. Boarding facilities are also available within the building for 35 pupils.

Entrance examinations for pupils are held annualy in spring. Preparatory classes are for children aged 7 to 9, professional ballet classes for those aged 10 to 16, and the Theatre Class program for pupils aged 16 to 18 (boys to 19). Prospective students will be tested on physical aptitude, rhythmic and improvisational talents, as well as their level of classical ballet technique in relation to their age.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL – by John Neumeier

First and foremost, I am a choreographer. Choreographic visions demand dancers - a group, a company to realize and develop ballets. To supply this group with technically well trained artist who understand and "speak" with their bodies my dance language, a school - closely connected to the company - was needed. It is the source and guarantee of continual renewal.

From the beginning, I envisaged a company with an unmistakable artistic identity. The extension of that vision is a school which combines the teaching of classical ballet and other dance forms with the practical experience of learning and working with a choreographer. A school with and without "style" - with "style" because it is attached to a specific company and to a particular choreographer, - without "style" because the classical training is strong and the curriculum includes a universal dance education preparing the student for the contemporary dance world.

The School of The Hamburg Ballet offers an intensive classical training including pas de deux and variations, complemented by instruction in modern dance, composition, and folk dance. This contemporary dance education is geared toward developing  artist, while preparing the students for work in a professional company - whether in Germany or a foreign country.

The Ballettzentrum building in Hamburg provides a roof for the intimated co-existence of school and company offering dance education surrounded by the constant presence, example and inspiration of a successfully functioning professional ensemble. This symbiosis of tradition and creation, of ballet "stars" and beginners makes it clear that ballet is a constantly developing and therefore very living language.

John Neumeier

NEWS | Moscow

Ballet Students of the School of The Hamburg Ballet performed in Moscow at the Festival of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy "Three Centuries of World Ballet"
Siri Ell Lewis, Matias Oberlin, Riku Ito and Carl van Godtsenhoven, all students in the graduation class of the School of The Hamburg Ballet, were guests at the "Three Centuries of World Ballet" festival in Moscowwhich was hosted by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at the State Kremlin Palace from 1st – 8th November to celebrate the 240th Anniversary of the Academy.

During the festival two Gala evenings, master classes and open rehearsals were presented.The students of the School of The Hamburg Ballet performed excerpts from "Spring and Fall", a ballet originally created by John Neumeier for Gigi Hyatt and Manuel Legris, to Antonin Dvoráks Serenade E-major op. 22.

Other schools participating were the Ballet School of the New National Theater (Japan), the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theater (USA), the Professional Conservatory of Dance "Carmen Amaya" (Spain), the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Russia), the Ballet School of the Rome Opera Theatre and the La Scala Theatre Ballet School (Italy).

NEWS | Rome

The School of THE HAMBURG BALLET receives the "Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja 2013"
Nine students from The School of The Hamburg Ballet were invited on Saturday 23rd November 2013 to Rome to be presented with the prestigious "Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja 2013". Gigi Hyatt and her predecessor, Marianne Kruuse accompanied the students for the award-giving ceremony.

The presentation by the Fondazione dell'Accademia di Danza di Roma took place on 23rd November during a Gala at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome. This year the Ballet School of the Teatro alla Scala was also a recipient of the award. Other schools invited to take part in the Gala were the Ballet Academy of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. On 21st and 22nd November the ballet students took part in cultural exchange workshops offered by the directors and teachers of the schools.

The students of The School of The Hamburg Ballet danced excerpts from John Neumeiers "Spring and Fall", "Mozart 338" and "Des Knaben Wunderhorn".

Gigi Hyatt, Deputy Director and the head of the teaching faculty at The School of The Hamburg Ballet was delighted. "It is a great honor for The School of The Hamburg Ballet to have been awarded this prize".

Graduates of the School since 1978

(who have been or are engaged by The Hamburg Ballet)

Joseph Aitken, Maude Andrey, Anton Alexandrov, Aurore Lissitzky, Braulio Alvarez, Lucilia Alves, Mayo Arii, Stefanie Arndt, Silvia Azzoni, Silvano Ballone, Maria Baranova, Patrick Becker, Franziska Beckmann, Amélie Berthet, Radoslaw Boguski, Kristina Borbélyová, Stephan Bourgond, Jemina Bowring, Jacek Bres, Karin Brennan, Alison Brooker, Alexander Busch, Marie-Soizic Cabié, Laura Cazzaniga, Christelle Cennerelli, Florencia Chinellato, Zachary Clark, Hannah Coates, Antonin Comestaz, Philippa Cook, Orkan Dann, Peter Dingle, Ralf Dörnen, Catherine Dumont, Christopher Evans, Christina Fritschi, Agnès Galatoire, Massimo Garon, Andrzej Glosniak, Célicia Haas, Nicole Ham, Skye Harrison, Ulrike Hartmann, Anne-Catherine Haller, Yukichi Hattori, Vladimir Hayryan, Julia Hellmund, Anna Herrmann, Sonja Herrmann, Roger Höde, Natalia Horecna, Matias Iaconniani, Takeshi Ikeda, Futaba Ishizaki, Milan Jarosch, Marissa Jiménez, Emilija Jovanovic, Marc Jubete, Carsten Jung, Stella Kanatouri, Alison Kappes, Susanne Klement, Vladimir Kocic, Megumi Kondo, Viktor Koukal, Yosuke Kusano, Anna Laudere, Hocine Layada, Aljoscha Lenz, Marcelino Libao, Xue Lin, Carolina Lohfert, Carolina Mancuso, Klara Matyas, Kim David McCarthy, Aleix Martinez, Bettina Marup, Emilie Mazon, Arsen Megrabian, Cornelia Meierhans, Isadora Meza, Stephanie Minler, Ekaterina Mamrenko, Taisia Muratore, Mathias Nolte, Matias Oberlin, Yuka Oishi, Shintaro O-ue, Tomi Paasonen, Hayley Page, Yun-Su Park, Manuel Pelmus, Zhaoqian Peng, Percevale Perks, Nathalie Perriraz, Lidia Pettinicchio, Alban Pinet, Florian Pohl, Anna Rabsztyn, Lennart Radtke, Edvin Revazov, Dale Rhodes , Alexandre Riabko, Roberto Rigamonti, Sasha Riva, Lucia Rios, Paco Laguna, Valentina Scaglia, Sofia Schabus, Parvaneh Scharafali, Dominik Schoetschel, Alexandra Schmidt-Rieche, Megan Scott, Sakura Shimizu, Ben Shitrit, Joel Small, Emily Smith, Lucia Solari, Ines Sprenger, Jane Standish, Yohan Stegli, Karen Stephenson, Martin Stiefermann, Thomas Stuhrmann, Yaiza Coll, Maciej Sziszkowski, Alexandr Trusch, Konstantin Tselikov, Priscilla Tselikova, Jacek Tyski, Ivan Urban, Isadora Meza, Sophie Vergères, Constant Vigier, Miljana Vracaric, Lizhong Wang, Kiran West, Dirk Weyershausen, Anna-Lena Wieg, Chelsea Winter, Joanne White, Natalia Wojciechowska, Eliot Worrell, Dao Yuan Chen, Mariana Zanotto, Dina Zaripova




Indrani Delmaine
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Since 1981, the association FREUNDE DES BALLETTZENTRUMS e.V. (friends of the ballet centre) supports young and talented dancers within the school of THE HAMBURG BALLET - JOHN NEUMEIER financially as well as idealistically.

What are the advantages of being a member?
Behind-the-scenes insights into The Hamburg Ballet
Tours through the ballet centre
Insights into rehearsals and invitations to dress (final) rehearsals
Priority on ticket orders for ballet shows, among others

Two more institutions support the work within the school of The Hamburg Ballet:
Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V.
Charlotte Uhse-Stiftung

Where we are

at the Ballettzentrum Hamburg
Caspar-Voght-Strasse 54

near the subway station "Hasselbrook"
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Regularly talented young dancers selected for prizes by the jury of the "Prix de Lausanne" chose the School of The Hamburg Ballet to spend their scholarship year. Others choose to dance as an aspirant with the company of The Hamburg Ballet.

Past winners of this international competition who have chosen our school or company for their scholarship prize include Stefanie Arndt (1983), Jirí and Otto Bubenícek (1992), Yohan Stegli (1998), Aleix Martínez (2008), Zhaoqian Peng (2009), Emanuel Amuchástegui, Christopher Evans (2010) and Madoka Sugai (2012).

Visit the "Prix de Lausanne's" official web site for more information about the competition.

 Last update: 21/3/2014
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