The Ballet School

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. The syllabus puts a strong emphasis on classes in choreographic composition. The academic programme also includes anatomy, music theory and dance history.

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 the HAMBURG BALLET, the National Youth Ballet and the school. Boarding facilities are also available within the building for 35 pupils.

Entrance examinations for pupils are held annually in spring. Preparatory classes are for children aged 7 to 9, professional ballet classes for those aged 10 to 16, and the Theatre Class programme for pupils aged 16 to 18. 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.

John Neumeier

20 Years "YONDERING"!

The performance of "First Steps" on the 4th July was a great success for the school. The evening opened with the ballet "Wir danken", first choreographed by all the teachers of the school as a token of gratitude for our sponsors. This was followed by "The Seasons", which John Neumeier specially created for the school in 1988. The second part of the program was dedicated to our guest schools and their repertoire. Our guests came from Canada's National Ballet School, L'École de Danse de l'Opéra national de Paris, San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy and the Balletacademie Nationale, Amsterdam. The evening closed with a memorable  20th anniversary performance of "Yondering". The ballet was performed by a blended cast from all of our guest schools and with our own Theatre Class students. Alexandre Riabko, Yohan Stegli, Jason Reilly and Peter Dingle, who were all  in the original premiere cast, were welcomed back to dance with the students on this unforgettable occasion. The four dancers are seen here from left to right, with Kevin Haigen, teacher and ballet master during the creation in 1996, John Neumeier and Mavis Staines, the Director of Canada's National Ballet School.

Photo from left to right: Kevin Haigen (Ballet Master during "Yondering"'s creation in 1996) Jason Reilly, Yohan Stegli, John Neumeier, Mavis Staines (Director of the Canada's National Ballet School), Alexandre Riabko and Peter Dingle

John Neumeier created "Yondering" in February 1996 with students from Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto. The original concept was for a short ten minute piece for eight students, but the creative impetus which unfolded, culminated in a thirty-three minute piece for up to forty dancers. The world premiere took place on the 16th of May 1996 with students of the School of The Hamburg Ballet in Hamburg, followed by the premiere in Toronto, shortly thereafter, on the 29th of May.

John Neumeier explains his view of the choreographic interpretation of the music as follows: "The success of this ballet depends on its performance by young, enthusiastic, energetic and idealistic students. The ballet must in fact only be performed by students – students of the very best schools..."

The ballet "Yondering" is part of the repertoire of the Canada's National Ballet School, the l'École de Danse national de l'Opéra de Paris, the Royal Ballet School in London and the San Francisco Ballet School. This season, the Dutch National Ballet Academy and the Houston Ballet Academy join the "Yondering" group of schools worldwide.

Directors and staff who were in Hamburg during our "Yondering" week include:
Canada's National Ballet School – Mavis Staines (Director), Shaun Amyot and Raymond Smith
San Francisco Ballet School – Patrick Armand (Deputy Director) and Andi Yannone
Houston Ballet Academy – Claudio Munoz and Sabrina Lenzi
École de Danse de l'Opéra national de Paris - Elisabeth Platel (Director) and Astrid Boitel
National Ballet Academy (Amsterdam) – Jean-Yves Esquerre (Director) and Nathalie Caris


Director  John Neumeier
Pedagogical Principal and Deputy Director Gigi Hyatt

AUDITION – School Year 2017/2018
Saturday, March 18, 2017
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By invitation only!

Junior and Intermediate Classes
11-16 years (also for boarding facilities)
Theatre Classes (Advanced)
16-18 years

At the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet, established in 1978, young people from all over the world are trained for a professional dance career. The syllabus gives priority to classic-academic dance as well as modern dance technique and dance composition. Students of the Theatre Classes take part in performances of the Hamburg Ballet.

Here you can find an application form. If you are interested in auditioning for the school please return the completed form by FAX, email or post until March 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted from December 2016.

Enrollment and Information
Indrani Delmaine
Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier
Caspar-Voght-Strasse 54
D-20535 Hamburg


"Introduction to Ballet" at the School of The Hamburg Ballet

Do you like movement, rhythm, and music?
Are you between 7 and 11 years old?
Would you love to dance?

Then we are the perfect place for you!


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Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier
Caspar-Voght-Str. 54
20535 Hamburg

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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 Boone, Kristina 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 Hills, Nako Hiraki, Roger Höde, Natalia Horecna, Marià Huguet, 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, 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




Indrani Delmaine
Managing Co-ordinator
Ballettzentrum Hamburg
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Since 1981, the association FREUNDE DES BALLETTZENTRUMS e.V. (friends of the ballet centre) supports young and talented dancers within the school of THE HAMBURG BALLET - JOHN NEUMEIER financially as well as idealistically.

What are the advantages of being a member?
Behind-the-scenes insights into The Hamburg Ballet
Tours through the ballet centre
Insights into rehearsals and invitations to dress (final) rehearsals
Priority on ticket orders for ballet shows, among others

Two more institutions support the work within the school of The Hamburg Ballet:
Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V.
Charlotte Uhse-Stiftung

Youth Program

The Hamburg Ballet offers school classes and school groups the opportunity to visit stage rehearsals, workshops and performances. It is also possible to learn more about the work of the company, the School of The Hamburg Ballet and the National Youth Ballet in the Ballettzentrum Hamburg John Neumeier.
Email: jung@staatsoper­

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INTRODUCTION TO THE BALLET at the School of The Hamburg Ballet
September 14 and 21, 2016 | 4 PM

Where we are

at the Ballettzentrum Hamburg
Caspar-Voght-Strasse 54

near the subway station "Hasselbrook"
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The Hamburg Ballet
National Youth Ballet
Hamburg State Opera
Friends of the Ballet Center

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.

 Last update: 15/10/2016
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