The Teachers
Viktoria Zaripova, Janusz Mazon, Ann Drower,
Stacey Denham, Christian Schön, Carolina Borrajo,
Leslie Hughes, Anna Polikarpova, Gigi Hyatt, Kevin Haigen


Prof. John Neumeier
Pedagogical Principal
and Deputy Director
  Gigi Hyatt | Kontakt
Pedagogical Supervisor
  Irina Jacobson

Carolina Borrajo
Ann Drower
Kevin Haigen
Leslie Hughes
Gigi Hyatt
Janusz Mazon
Anna Poilkarpova
Christian Schön
Stacey Denham (Guest)
Viktoria Zaripova (Guest)

Academic Teachers

Janusz Mazon
Nicola Bronisch (Guest)
Helga Gustafsson (Guest)
Mark Hahnemann (Guest)
Victor Hughes (Guest)


Yevgen Bosyy
Narmin Elyasova
Mark Harjes
Anastasia Kozub
Richard Markon
Iryna Menshykova
Adam Szvoren
Irina Tchaikova

TuSch Hamburg – Theater and School
  Indrani Delmaine | Contact

Bernd Dietz



Managing Co-ordinator
  Indrani Delmaine | Contact
  Frauke von Lehe | Contact
Boarding School
  Ulrike Oergel | Contact
Marianne Bruhn
Kerstin Ingwersen

Magdalena Blaszke
Anouma Boutsarath
Yasemin Cakmak
Songül Demir-Piccione
Lynne Fingerhuth
Isolde Jung
Ines Kossmer
Brajan Michalski





Gigi Hyatt is German American. She received her training in her hometown Berlin with Tatiana Gsovsky and continued it from 1974 in Munich with Constanze Vernon at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung. In 1982, Gigi Hyatt joined the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier. Already in the first season she was promoted to semi-soloist. In the second season, she became soloist and in 1986 principal dancer. In 1997, she ended her career on stage and moved to the US. Here, she became ballet mistress at The Georgia Ballet and School (Marietta, Georgia USA), where she was Artistic Director since 2004. Since 2013, Gigi Hyatt is back in Hamburg and from the season 2013/14 takes over as Pedagogical Principal and Deputy Director of The School of the Hamburg Ballet.


Irina Jacobson was educated in Leningrad by Agrippina Vaganova and afterwards danced at the Kirov Ballet. After her marriage with the soviet choreographer Leonid Jacobson (1904-1975), she worked as his assistant until he died and then joined the Bolschoi Ballet as a ballet mistress. In 1982 she emigrated to America and worked as a in great demand ballet and trainings mistress et al. in San Francisco, at the Royal Ballet in London, at the Dutch National Ballet, at the Bavarian States Ballet and at the Hamburg Ballet, where she is a pedagogical advisor since 1985 and coaches the Company as a guest ballet mistress.


Kevin Haigen trained at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater School. He danced with the American Ballet Theatre, before joining the Hamburg Ballet in 1976, being promoted to Principal dancer in 1977. He also worked with Nederlands Dans Theater, les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (as dancer, Ballet Master and Choreographer), English National Ballet, and finally Béjart Ballet Lausanne (1988-1991). Kevin Haigen returned to the Hamburg Ballet in 1991 as Ballet Master for the company and teacher for the Ballet School. In 2006 he was promoted to Principal Ballet Master. Kevin Haigen is frequently invited as guest teacher.
Donya Feuer made a documentary about him: The Work of Utopia.


Carolina Borrajo was born Zaragoza, Spain. She was educated at the Marìa de Ávila Ballet School in her native town and at The School of The Hamburg Ballet. After her first Engagement at the Ballet classico de Zaragoza, she became a Soloist at Opera of Bonn, at the Hessian States Theater Wiesbaden and at the Ballet of Luzern. She received her Diploma as a children's dance teacher and stage dance teacher at the States University of performing arts in Mannheim. In August 2008 she has taken up a position on the teaching faculty of The School of the Hamburg Ballet.


Ann Drower, born in Wimbledon/Great Britain and educated at Royal Ballet School in London, was a dancer in many German Cities (et al. as a Soloist in Kiel and Hanover). From 1976 until 1982 she danced at the ensemble of The Hamburg Ballet. Since then she is in charge of the preschool classes. As a ballet mistress she is responsible for the rehearsals of every part in a performance of the Hamburg Ballet, which is danced by the ballet students.


Leslie Hughes was born in Atlanta USA. She studied ballet in her home town until she was offered a scholarship to continue her training at the American Ballet Center in New York, where she then went on to the School of American Ballet Theater Patricia Wilde and Leslie Hughes was offered her first contract with The Hamburg Ballet where she advanced to half-soloist dancing many solo roles. She then proceeded to dance in the Grand Theater Tour, the Atlanta Ballet and the Ballett des Stadttheaters Bern. In 2002 Leslie received a certificate for teaching the Vaganova method from the Hungarian Dance Academy. She moved on to teach at the École de Danse de Gèneve and was ballet mistress at the ballettmainz. She also taught at the Konservatorium in Wien from 2005 to 2013. This season Leslie Hughes has joined the teaching faculty of the School of the Hamburg Ballet.


Janusz Mazon was born in Bytom, Poland and trained for nine years at the ballet school. He was offered a contract with the ballet company of the Warsaw State Opera where he danced for five years before joining The Hamburg Ballet in 1985. Janusz Mazon advanced to first soloist and danced many of the leading roles in the repertoire of THE HAMBURG BALLET as well as creating new roles in John Neumeier's ballets. In 1997 he moved to the USA where he graduated with a degree as Doctor of Chiropractic in 2002. While maintaining his work in his chiropractic office, he also taught ballet classes for The Georgia Ballet School and Company. Janusz Mazon has returned to Hamburg where he has taken up a position on the teaching faculty of The School of the Hamburg Ballet.


Anna Polikarpova was born in Tomsk, Russia and studied at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. In 1988 she joined the Kirov Ballet and became a soloist in 1989. In 1992 she joined the HAMBURG BALLET as a soloist and was promoted to principal in 1994. John Neumeier created nummerous roles and soli for her including Penelope in "Odyssee", Ophelia in "Hamlet", Romola Nijinsky in "Nijinsky" and Irina Nikolajewna Arkadina in "The Seagull". She also danced a wide-ranging repertory. Since the 2014/15 season she teaches classical dance at the School of the Hamburg Ballet. 


Christian Schön is from Hamburg and successfully completed the Ballet School of the Hamburg BALLET. As a dancer he was part of the Dortmund Ballet, the Ballet of the Opera in Bonn and the Ballet Theater Hagen. After his education as a ballet teacher in Toronto at the Canada's National Ballet School, he worked in Maastricht/Netherlands. Since 2003 he teaches the boys of the middle class and the theater class, as well as Pas de deux.


Stacey Denham was born in New York. She danced et al. at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Repertory Company, the Clive Thompson Dance Company, at Judith Jamison, at the Washington D.C. City Ballet Company and at the Theatre of the West. As a long time guest teacher she teaches the theatre classes in modern dance after Horton-Technique.


Viktoria Zaripova was born in Russia and trained as a ballet dancer at the State Ballet Academy in Perm according to the Vaganova method. She was engaged as a soloist and continued her training as a ballet teacher at the Cultural Institute, before continuing her solo career in St. Petersburg at the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre. In the early 1990s she moved to Hamburg, where she has since worked as a teacher in numerous institutes, specializing in classical ballet, repertoire, character dance and choreography. Since August 2013 she has been teaching character dance as a guest teacher at the School of the Hamburg Ballet.


Indrani Delmaine was born in London, England where she completed her training as a ballet dancer and teacher. She then attended the John-Cranko-Ballett Akademie in Stuttgart before being offered her first contract by John Neumeier in 1977 for The Hamburg Ballet. She later danced for three years with The Stuttgart Ballet before returning to Hamburg in 1982. Indrani Delmaine worked as a teacher of ballet and on dance projects with the Hamburg Youth Orchestra, "Focus on Youth", TuSch Hamburg and workshops at the Leuphana University. Indrani Delmaine returned in 2013 as the Managing Co-ordinator of The School of the Hamburg Ballet.





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