Master Dance Teacher

In this workshop you can collaborate with experienced dance artists and dance teachers who are completing their master studies - Master Dance Teacher, at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden. Each of the course instructors is characterized by an individual artistic profile, which is based on the experience gained in various areas of dance pedagogy. These experiences refer for example to the cooperation with children or to a dancing career on an international level. This makes it possible for us to offer them a wide range of teaching opportunities. Our cooperation with the PUCK - Kindertanzklassen at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden e.V. deserves special mention.

Courtney Richardson

Courtney Richardson, Principal dancer from the Semperoper Ballet, originally from Detroit, MI, received her dance training at the National Ballet School of Canada. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2000, and the Ballet British Columbia in 2003 before moving to Europe to dance with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium in 2006 and the SemperOper Ballett in 2013. She has worked in creation with many world renowned choreographers creating leading roles with David Dawson, Jacopo Godani, Alexander Ekman, Pontus Lidberg, Jorma Elo and many others. In 2015 David Dawson created the role of Isolde in his Tristan & Isolde. She has danced soloist roles in many classical and neoclassical ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Manon as well as Apollo and Serenade by George Balanchine, to name but a few. She was mentioned as ‘outstanding female’ for her performances of William Forsythe’s and David Dawson’s work. She has also graced the stage nationally and internationally touring with the company as well as in galas and guesting with Het National Ballet and La Scala Ballet.

Christine Schulze Beiering

Christine Schulze Beiering was trained as a dance pedagogue in her hometown Heinsberg. During this time she had the opportunity to train at the state ballet school in Sofia, Bulgaria as well as to take part in workshops with Nederland Dans Theater. Afterwards, she studied education science at Cologne University as well as dance culture studies at the Sport University Cologne. Since then she has worked as a freelance dance teacher in and around Aachen and Cologne. She regularly gives classes for children, teens and young adults and organizes projects with a focus on classical and contemporary dance. Further, she is responsible for the dance department of the Youth dance theater in Heinsberg. Aditionally, she works as a dancer with the Company of Tanztheatermobil in and around Aachen in Kindergardens and schools.

Damian Gmür

Gmür studied dance at the University of Arts in Zurich. He danced with Bern Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Oldenburg State Theatre and Darmstadt State Theatre. In 2008 he began freelancing as a guest teacher for various companies including Kassel Theatre, Braunschweig Theatre, Heidelberg Theatre and Giessen Theater. He choreographed his own works in collaboration with Rita Aozane-Bilibio, and gained further choreographic experience creating youth productions for Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf. He taught Capoeira for both Cie. PernasPro Ar and Tanzhaus NRW. In 2017 he began his Masters studies at the Palucca University for Dance, Dresden, and was inducted into the Gaga Teacher Programme in Israel. Since 2018 he works as ballet master and choreographer with Ballet Pforzheim.

Marta Diminich

Martha Diminich, from Italy, studied in Trieste and Florence before earning her diploma from the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo. She danced with Teatro Communale Verdi in Trieste, Balletto di Roma, and Teatro Sistina, before engagements with the RAI Televison Channel in Rome and Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin. Between 2012-2015, she taught dance at the Ernst Busch Hochschule, and since 2000, she teaches ballet at the Berlin State Ballet School.

Rie Akiyama

Rie Akiyama was born in Tokyo, and began her classical ballet training in the city. She later participated in intensive courses with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Alberta Ballet School in Canada. She danced in several productions in Japan with Company Digital Nine and with the Japan Ballet Association. After moving to Europe, she continued her studies at the Ballet School of the Opera House in Zurich. She worked as a freelance dancer until joining the Darmstadt State Theatre, under the direction of Mei Hong Lin, whom she followed to the Landestheater, Linz, where she is currently employed.

Katherina Markowskaja

Katharina Markovskaya was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She began her studies at the Kiev State Academy for Choreogeraphy and Dance, and continued at the Heinz Bolz Stiftung University for Dance in Munich. She was a principal dancer at the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, also at the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. She danced all the major classical roles in ballets by (or after) Petipa/Ivanov, and performed many principal roles in works by Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, Dawson, Kyliàn and Forsythe among others. In 1999 she was awarded the Mary Wigman Prize for outstanding ballerina. She currently combines her work teaching ballet at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich, with performing around the world as an international Guest Principal.

Laura Seiler

Laura Seiler was born and raised in Nürnberg, where, aged three, she began training at her mother’s ballet school. She continued her dance education at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich, and the Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Stage Dance and Dance Pedagogy. After a guest contract with the Nürnberg State Theatre, she began to focus on teaching, which lead to an invitation to guest teach in Mexico. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Leistungszentrum für Bühnentanz in Fürth, where she teaches the Talentförderungsklassen, and where she created several classical productions presented in the Nürnberg State Theatre. She is also a freelance dancer.

Alma Edelstein

Alma received her dance diploma at the Anton Bruckner University (IDA) in Linz, Austria. Previously, she studied at the National Ballet School and at the Contemporary Dance School of the Teatro Nacional San Martin. In Linz she worked in projects at the Choreographic Center, and subsequently at the Swedish dance company "Norrdans" by Jeanne Yasko. This was followed by soloist and guest engagements at the Landestheater Linz, Stadttheater Hildesheim, Landestheater Flensburg and Theater Hagen in Germany. During this time she worked with the choreographers Carlos Matos, Gerda Köning, Alfonso Palencia, Teresa Ranieri, Milli Bitterly, Rose Breuss, Katharina Torwest, Katja Erdmann-Rasjki and Adriana Barenstein. Alma has been awarded several scholarships by the Cultural Office of Buenos Aires, Air France; and the Pierino Ambrosoli-Switzerland Foundation made her participation in the Prix de Lausanne possible. At the Gran Latinoamericano de la Danza (Argentina) she received the 1st place. She was also awarded the Grand Prix Artistique (Audience Award) at the Biarritz International Ballet Competition. In 2014 Alma was selected for a choreographic residency at the prestigious Centro Cultural Borges Buenos Aires and also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts of Buenos Aires. In 2015 and 2016, she expanded her field of work. This was reflected in the collaboration with media artist James Hudson in a multimedia project and the multimedia installation project commissioned by the Cultural Affairs Office of Buenos Aires. Currently she is a freelance pedagogue and dancer in numerous workshops in Argentina and Peru as well as at the University and the dance company in Oslo and the TanzSpeicher in Würzburg. 

Arthur Troitski

Arthur Troitsky is a dancer with the Staatsoperette Dresden. Originally from Angarsk (Russian Federation), he received his dance education at the Reut Ballet School, Thelma Yellin Artistic Highschool. He concluded his dance education at the Ballet Conservatory, St. Pölten where he was awarded a Scholarship. As a professional dancer he has worked with the  Panov Ballet, Sabotage Show, Moments Band, Jerusalem Ballet, Israel Ballet and the Ballet Company of Salzburg Landestheater.

Katharina Helene Kluge

Katharina Helene Kluge, completed her studies as a dancer and dance pedagogue at the Ballet Support Center in Nuremberg. As a professional stage dancer she worked at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Stuttgart as well as in the independent scene. Since 2005 She has worked as a choreographer and ballet teacher, in Germany and in Russia. In 2010 she expanded her knowledge and graduated in cultural and media education with a focus on theater / literature and music. Currently she works for the dance scene Baden-Württemberg as well as for the Stuttgart ballet "JUNG".

Celine Eliane Reynaud

Céline Eliane Reynaud has been a certified dance teacher since 2010. She completed her dance education at the Royal Academy of Dance. Then she completed a further education in Paris in the field of Modern Dance and Jazz Dance. She has completed a professional training as a Pilates trainer at Pilates Bodymotion for Matwork and completed the modules for teaching at the Allegro and training as a Fascial Fitness Trainer. 

She is currently working as a freelance dancer, dance pedagogue and Pilates trainer at ballet schools, schools and Pilates studios in North Rhine-Westphalia and teaches Modern and Jazz formation dance groups. Furthermore, she offers workshops at various institutions, for example at the Pilateszentrum Dortmund or Tanzzentrum NRW and is involved in projects. She also works for the online platform Pilates & Friends, which creates videos for home training.

Helena Gläser

Helena Gläser studied at the Leipzig Opera Ballet School, Hamburg Ballet School and the Palucca University for Dance, Dresden. She danced with the Wiesbaden State Theatre, and the Landesbühne Saxony, before joining Ballet Chemnitz in 2013. Her roles include Aurora, Odette/Odile, The Snow Queen, Carmen and Bathilde among others.

Björn Helget

Björn Helget was born in 1985 in Dresden. From 1996 to 2006 he received his education at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden and at the State Ballet School Berlin and School of Artistry. His dancer career included engagements at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, Gauthier Dance - Theaterhaus Stuttgart and DanceWorks Chicago. His repertoire includes works by choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Christian Spuck, Alejandro Cerrudo, Paul Lightfood & Sol Leon, Eric Gauthier, Twyla Tharp, Youri Vamos, James Gregg and Jiri Kylian. Since 2013 he has been engaged as a guest dancer at the Semperoper Dresden, and works as a choreographer and dance trainer at the "DSC 1898 e.V." for the sports acrobatics department. In 2016, he celebrated the biggest success for the German national team of sports acrobatics at the World Championships in Putian / China where the team won the bronze medal.

Lisabeth Waterböhr

Lisabeth Waterböhr completed her training as dance director for dance culture at the German Federal Association of Dance eV. She then completed her studies of social sciences with a focus on education and sports science at the Georg August University in Göttingen and has worked since then as a dance teacher with a focus on classical dance/dance-art. Currently, Lisabeth is a member of the ensemble of the Tanztheater Göttingen in addition to her work as a dance teacher.

Lucia Giarratana

Originally from Italy, Lucia Giarratana studied in Paris, with former Paris Opera étoile Dominique Khalfouni. She later earned a degree in Arts, Theatre and Dance from the Sophia Antipolis University in Nice. She danced with the Cannes Youth Ballet and Ballet Chemnitz before joining Ballet Eisenach where she is currently a soloist.

Oren Lazovski

Born in Haifa, Israel, Oren studied music from childhood. He then completed a dance education in classical ballet (R.A.D.), modern techniques (Graham and Limon) and jazz dance at the "WIZO art school" Haifa Israel. He then joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, Tel Aviv and danced there for 4 years. After that he made his military service with the Israeli army and joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, Tel-Aviv. He moved to Berlin in 2006 and has since been active on various projects with dance companies at the Nuremberg State Theater, National Theater of Cyprus, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv,  the Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project Istanbul, the Ballett - Theater Magdeburg, Ismael Ivo, "In Vitro" Music Theater Antwerp. As a choreographer, Oren Lazovski presented his work "The Marathon of the Year" at the Venice Biennale in 2012, and also worked at Maxim Gorki Schauspielstudio Berlin, Barnes Crossing Festival Cologne, Maxim Gorki Schauspielstudio Berlin, ID-Festivals in Radial System and the Luxembourg Philharmonic. He gained his teaching experience at Marameo Berlin, Tanztheater Braunschweig, Thuringian State Ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tanzcompagnie Volkstheater Rostock. He is currently completing the Master Dance Teacher degree program at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden.