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.
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.
In May 2020 the School of the Hamburg Ballet has been invited to Toronto to take part in the Assemblée Internationale 2020. In 2009 Canada´s National Ballet School initiated the first Assemblée Internationale, the aim of which was to bring together leading international schools for one week every four years. From 2nd March – 9th March 2020 over 200 dance students between the ages of 15 – 19 years will be performing works by Canadian and international choreographers. Students from the School of the Hamburg Ballet will be dancing in excerpts from "Beethoven Dances".
Assemblée Internationale 2020
Canada's National Ballet School, Toronto
May 2-9, 2020
Every two years, students of the School of the Hamburg Ballet are given the opportunity of dancing on the stage of the Hamburg state Opera in their own performance of "First Steps". All levels from the pre-school to the graduation classes present their work, offering the public an insight into the challenges and aspirations associated with preparing for a future as professional dancers.
John Neumeier and the teaching staff present a diverse programme including a collage; "80 Dances for 80 Years", which will be seen by the Hamburg audience for the first time. Kristian Lever, a former dancer with the National Youth Ballet and now a successful young choreographer, will be creating a new piece for fifty of the senior students. The evening is rounded off with a revised version of John Neumeier´s "Beethoven Dances", first created for the 40th anniversary of the school in 2018.
First Steps (Erste Schritte)
Hamburg State Opera
May 21, 2020 | 6.00 pm
June 15, 2020 | 7.00 pm
40 Dances for 40 Years
A ballet to dances by Ludwig van Beethoven created by John Neumeier with students of all classes of the ballet school
"Beethoven Dances is a project for our school. I found it appealing to celebrate the 40th anniversary with 40 Beethoven dances. Especially the shortness of the dances fascinated me: It is a challenge to capture the specific mood with a group of students within only 40 seconds! Unlike in symphonic ballets, the emotional content of an existing composition is not the starting point of the choreography. Rather, I see the 40 freely combined dances as a material, with which I give every single student the opportunity to contribute with his own gifts and learned techniques and present the ballet school in a cohesive work."
The 2019 Graduates have accepted contracts in the following companies:
Chiara Belloni – Mecklenburg State Theatre
Justine Cramer – National Youth Ballet
Isabelle Greenwood – Tivoli Ballet Theatre
Ayda Guneri – Städtische Theater Chemnitz
Francesca Harvey – Hamburg Ballet
Alice Mazzasette – Hamburg Ballet
Avah Painter – Theater Vorpommern
Mirabelle Seymour – Hamburg Ballet
Amaya Simon – Thüringer Staatsballett
Lea Sjövall – Hamburg Ballet
Ana Torrequebrada – Hamburg Ballet
Roberto Calabrese – Städtische Theater Chemnitz
Emanuele Costanzo – Theater Vorpommern
Pepijn Geldermann – National Youth Ballet
Lenard Giesenberg – Hamburg Ballet
Lasse Caballero – Hamburg Ballet
Alessandro Frola – Hamburg Ballet
Thomas Krähenbühl – National Youth Ballet
Lucas Praetorius – Bayerisches Junior Ballett München
John Sumera – Leipzig Ballet
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, Viktoria Bodahl, Radoslaw Boguski, Leeroy Boone, Stephan Bourgond, Jemina Bowring, Jacek Bres, Karin Brennan, Gabriel Brito, Aurelian de Brocas, Alison Brooker, Alexander Busch, Lasse Caballero, Marie-Soizic Cabié, Laura Cazzaniga, Christelle Cennerelli, Florencia Chinellato, Zachary Clark, Filip Clefos, Hannah Coates, Yaiza Coll, Antonin Comestaz, Philippa Cook, Orkan Dann, Peter Dingle, Ralf Dörnen, Catherine Dumont, Christopher Evans, Christina Fritschi, Alessandro Frola, Agnès Galatoire, Massimo Garon, Lennard Giesenberg, Giorgia Giani, Nicolas Gläsmann, Andrzej Glosniak, Célicia Haas, Nicole Ham, Skye Harrison, Ulrike Hartmann, Anne-Catherine Haller, Francesca Harvey, Louis Haslach, Yukichi Hattori, Vladimir Hayryan, Julia Hellmund, Anna Herrmann, Sonja Herrmann, Georgina Hills, Nako Hiraki, Roger Höde, Natalia Horecna, Siteng Hu, Marià Huguet, Matias Iaconniani, Takeshi Ikeda, Futaba Ishizaki, Milan Jarosch, Marissa Jiménez, Emilija Jovanovic, Marc Jubete, Carsten Jung, Stella Kanatouri, Alison Kappes, Yungu Kang, Susanne Klement, Vladimir Kocic, Megumi Kondo, Viktor Koukal, Yosuke Kusano, Paco Laguna, Anna Laudere, Hocine Layada, Aljoscha Lenz, Marcelino Libao, Xue Lin, Carolina Lohfert, Diogo Maia, Carolina Mancuso, Klara Matyas
Kim David McCarthy, Aleix Martinez, Bettina Marup, Emilie Mazon, Alice Mazzasette, Arsen Megrabian, Cornelia Meierhans, Amelia Menzies, 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, Kristina Paulin, Pietro Pelleri, Manuel Pelmus, Zhaoqian Peng, Roberto Pérez, Percevale Perks, Nathalie Perriraz, Mia Petrovic, Lidia Pettinicchio, Alban Pinet, Florian Pohl, Artem Prokopchuk, Anna Rabsztyn, Lennart Radtke, Edvin Revazov, Dale Rhodes , Alexandre Riabko, Roberto Rigamonti, Sasha Riva, Lucia Rios, Chiara Ruaro, Estelle Sallé, Valentina Scaglia, Sofia Schabus, Parvaneh Scharafali, Dominik Schoetschel, Alexandra Schmidt-Rieche, Megan Scott, Torben Seguin, Mirabelle Seymour, Sakura Shimizu, Ben Shitrit, Lea Sjövall, Madeleine Skippen, Joel Small, Emily Smith, Lucia Solari, Ines Sprenger, Jane Standish, Yohan Stegli, Karen Stephenson, Martin Stiefermann, Thomas Stuhrmann, Hermine Sutra-Fourcade, Airi Suzuki, Maciej Sziszkowski, Ana Torrequebrada, Alexandr Trusch, Konstantin Tselikov, Priscilla Tselikova, Jacek Tyski, Ivan Urban, Ricardo Urbina, 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, Mengting You, Dao Yuan Chen, Illia Zakrevskyi, 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.