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.
Financial Assistence and Sponsorship
Two associations support and sponsor the students of the School of The Hamburg Ballet:
Since 1982 the foundation Freunde des Ballettzentrums e.V. provides scholarships and supports the school financially. Many former scholarship holders are now dancers of The Hamburg Ballet. The society also aids students participating in international competitions such as the Prix de Lausanne, facilitate the invitation of guest teachers, and support the exchange program with the National Ballet School of Canada or other educational facilities.
Further Information can be obtained from the following address:
Freunde des Ballettzentrums e.V.
c/o Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier
The second organization offering financial aid to the school is the foundation Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V. which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006. It supports and sponsors students with scholarships and donations for other school activities.
Further Information can be obtained from the following address:
Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V.
The societies and The School of The Hamburg Ballet are grateful for any donations.
Graduates of the School
(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, 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, 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
The School of The Hamburg Ballet is
Prix de Lausanne