The School of the Hamburg Ballett

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 such as pas de deux, pointe work, classical and contemporary variations, and Neumeier-repertoire. The syllabus also includes courses dedicated to the techniques of modern and character dance and is complemented by Pilates and strengthening classes. A strong emphasis is put on classes in choreographic composition. The academic programme also includes anatomy, music theory and dance history.

All classes are held in the Ballettzentrum Hamburg. 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 the Hamburg Ballet, the National Youth Ballet and the school. The boarding facilities with places for 34 students is also located in the building. 

Entrance examinations for pupils are held annually each spring. The pre-school is for children ages 7–9 years, the intermediate classes 10–16 years the Theatre Classes 16-18 years. Prospective students are assessed 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 create and develop ballets. To supply this group with technically well trained artists who understand and "speak" my dance language with their bodies, a school, closely affiliated to the company, was founded. 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 students for the dance world today.

The School of the Hamburg Ballet offers intensive classical ballet training, including pas de deux and variations, complemented by instruction in modern dance, composition, and folk dance. This visionary dance education is aimed towards developing artists, whilst preparing the students for work in a professional company, either in Germany or abroad.

The Ballettzentrum building in Hamburg provides a roof for the co-existence of school and company, offering dance education motivated by the daily presence and inspiration of a successful 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


Guest in Tokyo and Berlin

Guest performances at the "Orchard International Ballet Forum" in Tokyo and at the "Tanzolymp 2018" in Berlin

Photo: Silvano Ballone

On February 11 and 12, 2018 eight students from theater classes VII and VIII will dance at the "Orchard Ballet Gala" in Tokyo excerpts from John Neumeier's ballet "Bach Suite 2". The gala will be part of the first "Orchard International Ballet Forum", whose goal is to bring together Japan's most talented ballet students with students from the most prestigious foreign ballet schools. The project is supervised by Tetsuya Kumakawa, Artistic Director of Bunkamura Orchard Hall, founder of K-BALLET Company and former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. Further schools participating in the "Orchard Ballet Gala" will be the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Canada's National Ballet School and The Australian Ballet School.

Excerpts from John Neumeier's ballet "Bach Suite 2" will also be presented by the eight students from theater classes VII and VIII at the Final Gala of the international dance festival "Tanzolymp 2018" in Berlin on 19th February 2018.

"Bach Suite 2" was created by John Neumeier in 1980 for the Ballet of the Bavarian State Opera. According to John Neumeier, "in a ballet like 'Bach Suite 2', no story is intended or necessary. For me, the most important aspect of this piece is the constant contrast of fluidity and tension. A musical structure which seems repeatedly to be breaking apart, only to be built up again. [...] This is the content of the ballet: dynamic jumps in many forms using all of the dancers' energy, followed by falling into a sense of calm. A relaxation that brings us back down to earth."

Orchard Ballet Gala
Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo
February 11 and 12, 2018 | 1.00 pm
Info & Tickets

Final Gala TANZOLYMP 2018
Theater des Westens, Berlin
February 19, 2018 | 7.00 pm

Creativity Workshop IX

The School of the Hamburg Ballet's final year students will perform their own choreographic works in the Ernst Deutsch Theater. The students are offered this unique and invaluable opportunity to show their creative and technical accomplishments.

Creativity Workshop IX
Ernst Deutsch Theater
February 26 to 28, 2018 | 7.30 pm
Warm-Up open to the public | 7.00 pm
March 2 to 4, 2018 | 7.30 pm
Warm-Up open to the public | 7.00 pm
Info & Tickets

First Steps

Every two years, students of the School of the Hamburg Ballet present their creative work on the stage of the Hamburg State Opera. This season the performances will take place on April 26 and June 25, 2018. All children and students from the pre-school, Levels I – VI and the Theatre Classes VII and VIII will be performing and giving of their best in "First Steps".

First Steps
Hamburg State Opera – Main Stage
April 26 and June 25, 2018 | 7.00 pm

Brochure: Celebrating 20 Years "Yondering"

20 Years "Yondering" – due to this jubilee John Neumeier's ballet "Yondering" was performed by a blended cast from five guest schools and students of the School of the Hamburg Ballet. A "Yondering" anniversary book is now published: Read over 150 pages of conversations with John Neumeier and Kevin Haigen about the creation and the ballet "Yondering". In addition, the artistic directors of six prestigious ballet schools for whom "Yondering" forms part of their repertoire, have their say: Mavis Staines of Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, Elisabeth Platel of the Paris Opera Ballet School, Helgi Tomasson of San Francisco Ballet School, Christopher Powney of The Royal Ballet School in London, Shelly Power of Houston Ballet Academy and Jean-Yves Esquerre of Dutch National Ballet Academy. Rehearsal and Performance Photographs from the past twenty years highlight the creative process and document the most important stations of this ballet.

Graduates 2017

Professional Contracts for the 2017/2018 Season

Natsuka Abe: National Youth Ballet
Olivia Betteridge: Hamburg Ballet
Marie-Lys Boulay: Ballet Theatre UK
Adriana Gaglio: Balletto di Sienna
Frederike Midderhoff: Hamburg Ballet
Rachel Wilton: Academy of Northern Ballet 
Francesca Zavalloni: Kayser Ballet – Junior Company

Marco Accardi: Bayerisches Staatsballett II – Junior Company
Borja Bermudez: Hamburg Ballet
Gabriel Brito: Hamburg Ballet
Francesc Nello Deakin: IT Dansa – Junior Company
Aurelian de Brocas: Hamburg Ballet
Marcelo Ferreira: National Youth Ballet
Eric Navarrete: Canada's National Ballet School
Florimon Poisson: Bayerisches Staatsballett II – Junior Company
Artem Prokupchek: National Youth Ballet

Graduates of the School since 1978

who were/are in the company

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, Borja Bermudez, Amélie Berthet, Olivia Betteridge, Radoslaw Boguski, Leeroy Boone, Kristina Borbélyová, Stephan Bourgond, Jemina Bowring, Jacek Bres, Karin Brennan, Gabriel Brito, Aurelian de Brocas, Alison Brooker, Alexander Busch, Marie-Soizic Cabié, Laura Cazzaniga, Christelle Cennerelli, Florencia Chinellato, Zachary Clark, Filip Clefos, Hannah Coates, Antonin Comestaz, Philippa Cook, Orkan Dann, Peter Dingle, Ralf Dörnen, Catherine Dumont, Christopher Evans, Christina Fritschi, Agnès Galatoire, Massimo Garon, Nicolas Gläsmann, Andrzej Glosniak, Célicia Haas, Nicole Ham, Skye Harrison, Ulrike Hartmann, Anne-Catherine Haller, Yukichi Hattori, Vladimir Hayryan, Julia Hellmund, Anna Herrmann, Sonja Herrmann, Georgina Hills, Nako Hiraki, Roger Höde, Natalia Horecna, Marià Huguet, Matias Iaconniani, Takeshi Ikeda, Futaba Ishizaki, Milan Jarosch, Marissa Jiménez, Emilija Jovanovic, Marc JubeteCarsten 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, Frederike Midderhoff, Stephanie Minler, Ekaterina Mamrenko, Taisia Muratore, Mathias Nolte, Matias Oberlin, Yuka Oishi, Shintaro O-ue, Tomi Paasonen, Hayley Page, Yun-Su Park, Pietro Pelleri, 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, Estelle Sallé, 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


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.