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


Assemblée Internationale 2017
From April 30 to May 6, 2017, the School of the Hamburg Ballet will be guesting at the "Assemblée Internationale 2017" (AI 17) in Toronto. Six students from the Theatre Classes will present excerpts from John Neumeier's "Bach Suite 2". In addition, they will work on choreographies together with their colleagues from the other participating schools, preparing them for the stage.
Since 2009, the International Dance Festival organized by Canada's National Ballet School every four years, has brought together representatives from professional ballet schools from all over the world. Under the motto of intercultural exchange and cooperation, international students and teachers from 21 institutions will take part in a week long varied festival program, hosted by the third "Assemblée Internationale". There will be combined lessons, rehearsals and four performances. With the AI 17 occurring in Canada's 150th year, the focus for the choreographic works will be on Canadian artists – all of them either graduates, or current students of NBS. Visiting dancers will perform these pieces in blended casts with their choreographer leading them through rehearsals the week of the festival.

Creativity Workshop VII

Creativity Workshop VIII
The School of the Hamburg Ballet's final year students performed their own choreographic works from February 27 to March 5 in the Ernst Deutsch Theater. The students are offered this unique and invaluable opportunity to show their creative and technical accomplishments, developed during the year in their composition classes. The performances were greeted with full houses and an enthusiastic audience response, celebrating the week's success with the students.

Brochure: Celebrating 20 Years "Yondering"

20 Years "Yondering" – due to this jubilee on July 4, 2016 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 2016

Professional Contracts for the 2016/2017 Season

Marjolaine Laurendeau: Junior Ballet Zurich
Urim Lee: Ballet Dortmund
 (guest contract)
Ziyue Liu: Bavarian State Ballet

Carlotta Pini: The Academy of Northern Ballet 
Veronica Sala: Balletto di Roma

Estelle Sallé: Hamburg Ballet

Mengting You: Hamburg Ballet

Filip Clefos: Hamburg Ballet

Oliver Cooper: Ballet Theatre UK
Simone Dalè: NRW Junior Ballet
Xavier Dalmau: Valencia Dancing Festival

Landon Harris: Leipzig Ballet

John Hewitt: The Juilliard School

Marià Huguet: Hamburg Ballet

Pietro Pelleri: Hamburg Ballet
Ricardo Urbina Reyes: 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, Amélie Berthet, Radoslaw Boguski, Leeroy BooneKristina Borbélyová, Stephan Bourgond, Jemina Bowring, Jacek Bres, Karin Brennan, 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 HillsNako 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 LibaoXue 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 ParkPietro 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 StuhrmannYaiza Coll, Maciej Sziszkowski, Alexandr TruschKonstantin TselikovPriscilla Tselikova, Jacek Tyski, Ivan Urban, Isadora Meza, Sophie Vergères, Constant Vigier, Miljana VracaricLizhong 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.