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 e.V. - children's dance classes at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden deserves special mention.

Juliette Odiet

Juliette Odiet was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and trained at the Ecole-Atelier Rudra-Béjart in Lausanne. She participated in a number of Master classes with Carolyn Carlson at the Atelier de Paris and the “ART of” Summer School Berlin with Kathryn Bennetts and Gamal Gouda. She danced as an Apprentice with the Béjart Ballet under the direction of Gil Roman where she performed in the "Rite of Spring" and "Firebird" from Maurice Béjart in numerous performances throughout Europe including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. She has been dancing in Germany for ten years and worked at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under the direction of Silke Sense and the Ballet of the Landestheater Eisenach / Südthüringisches Staatstheater Meiningen. She has worked with many different choreographers, directors and ballet masters including Gil Roman, Byan Arias, Jorge Perèz Martinez, Andris Plucis, Veronica Villar, Alfonso Palencia. Her first choreographies have also been presented in the „Junge Choreographen 18/19“ Evenings, in Eisenach and Meiningen.

Ada Ramzews

Ada Ramzews trained at the Ballett-Akademie Munich (Hochschule für Musik und Theater) and the Benedict Manniegel Ballet Academy with Prof. Heinz Manniegel. She works there as a teacher for Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Ballet master, Choreographer and deputy Headmaster managing the three sections of the BM School, Academy and Company.  

Since 2010, she has been choreographing and leading projects and since 2017 performed in the Dance Festivals/Open Stages in Munich, Nuremberg and Tanzhaus Zürich (2019). Parallel to this, she has been directing opera productions since 2014 and creates a fusion of opera and dance according to the concept of expressive purism.  With the studies at Palucca, she is striving for her second M.A. degree as she has already completed an M.A. in Cultural Management and Media at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Isabelle Severs

Isabelle Severs was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from the John-Cranko-Schule in Stuttgart under the directorship of Alexander Ursuliak. After first professional experiences with the Stuttgart Ballet, she moved to Munich to join the Bavarian State Ballett directed by Prof. Konstanze Vernon. In 1996, she was invited by Richard Cragun to join the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, where she worked for 3 years before returning to Munich in 1999. Once again she became a member of the Bavarian State Ballet, this time under the directorship of Ivan Lìska. In 2011, Isabelle was awarded the Dr. Irene-Lejeune Ballett-Preis for the outstanding performance of a solo created for her by Simone Sandroni, « P.S, mein herz brach nur einmal ». Isabelle worked with many different choreographers and danced classical and neo-classical repertoire from Petipa, Balanchine, Neumeier, Mac Millan, Ashton, Wright, among others, but also contemporary pieces created by Forsythe, Kylian, Ek, Godani, Childs, Galili, Schläpfer, to name a few. She danced in the group as well as in solo parts. Since September 2015, Isabelle Severs teaches classical ballet at the Ballett-Akademie der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, where she currently supervises 3 different classes and levels. She is regularly invited by Danse Suisse to teach in the summercamp Summerdance (2017, 2018, 2019), and also to conduct the classical part of the Talentscouting Days (2019, 2020). Additionally she is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor since August 2016.

Sara Silva

Sara Silva is from Porto, Portugal and is a graduate in classical ballet and contemporary dance from Central School of Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and choreography at the FAICC – Companhia Instável. Sara danced with the Phoenix Dance Theatre, Companhia de Dança do Norte, Vórtice Dance, Abundance and Kale Companhia de Dança and she is the Co-founder, Artistic Director, choreographer and dancer at Companhia de Dança de Matosinhos and co-founder of Corpo de Encontro. Since 2013 she teaches classical ballet and contemporary dance and has collaborated with various private and state schools such as Ginasiano Escola de Dança and Escola de Música da Jobra in Portugal as well as professional dance classes at Companhia Instável and TPC. She frequently collaborates as a teacher, vocational course coordinator and choreographer at the Academia de Dança de Matosinhos and is there developing a choreographic project with a selected group of students that reflects on modern issues of human problems.

Elizabeth Ladrón de Guevara

Elizabeth Ladrón Guevara was born in Chile and she studied dance and choreography at the Universidad de Chile, in the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance. At the Colegio Nacional de Danza, México, she completed a course in Graham Technique and completed her dance education at the Contemporary Dance School in Hamburg. She also has a diploma in Vinyasa Power Yoga as well as a coaching license for Pilates. As a dancer, she has worked with various choreographers, including Johan Kresnik, Hugo de Ana and Patricio Bunster and she has presented her choreography in Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and Sweden. As a dance teacher, she started her career in 1995 at the Universidad de los Andes and the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá in Colombia.

She currently works as a freelance choreographer, dance teacher and dancer, working mainly in Hamburg. In 2005 she founded her "Ensemble Danza Urbana" and since then has been creating dance projects in Germany and Latin America. Her artistic work received support, inter alia, from the "Intercultural Projects Hamburg Cultural Authority", "Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile" and the "Interkulturelles Festival Eigenarten". In 2017 she began to work as a dance teacher at the State Youth Music School Hamburg.

Michael Foster

Michael Foster studied at Houston Ballet Academy’s Houston Ballet II, from which he graduated in 2006. Following this, he began his professional career joining the Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas, under the direction of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. In 2009 he moved to Hannover, Germany, where he spent four seasons as a soloist with the Ballet of the State Opera of Hannover under Jörg Mannes. In 2013 he joined Düsseldorf’s Ballett am Rhein as a soloist, where he is still currently employed by director Martin Schläpfer. In Düsseldorf, Michael has had the privilege to perform many lead roles in works by Martin Schläpfer, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Anthony Tudor, Merce Cunningham, and Jerome Robbins among others. Michael is also a choreographer and his works have been shown since 2010 in Hannover, Hameln, Düsseldorf, and Duisburg.

Yu Ching Tsao

Yu Ching danced in various ballet companies in Canada, the USA and Korea. She participated in the American Dance Competition (ADC / IBC), finishing in 8th place.  With the Royal Ballet (UK) she danced in "Romeo and Juliet" (National Performing Arts Center of Taiwan) and was involved as a representative of the Taiwanese dancers (interview). She received the 3rd prize in the Taiwan Grand Prix, the Keithlink Girl Award and a full scholarship from the Columbia Classical Ballet. Yu Ching worked at the Carreno-Barbieri Festival (US) and received a full scholarship from the Sarasota Ballet and danced in performances of Don Quixote at the Sarasota Opera House. She received art scholarships from the National Culture and Arts Foundation and was the youngest recipient of this award. As a ballet teacher, she gained her first experience at the Riverbank Dance Company / Riverbank Junior Dance Company (TW) and as part of her Master Dance Teacher studies at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, she worked as a rehearsal assistant in Nutcracker and as a ballet teacher for the evening classes.

Chantal Julie Fink

Chantal Julie Fink was born in Augsburg and started her professional ballet training at the Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

In 2010 she graduated from the John Cranko School Stuttgart with a diploma and joined the Stuttgart Ballet the same year.  She danced there for five years and her repertoire included works by M. Petipa, A. Bournonville, K. MacMillan, J. Cranko, G. Balanchine, J. Neumeier, M. Béjart, G. Tetley, M. Bigonzetti, C. Spuck, M. Goecke aamongst others. Deciding to pursure a freelance career, she guested with the company of the Semperoper Ballet Dresden, the Bavarian State Ballet and as a soloist with the Dortmund Ballet. In 2017 she returned to Munich and started teaching classical ballet. Concurrently, Chantal has performed in Maged Mohamed’s choreography for the Bavarian State Opera “The little prince” in the role of the Rose and taking part in productions of the Benedict Manniegel Dance Company, Posterino Dance Company as well as performing principal roles with Ballet Classique München.

Since September 2019 she is working as a teacher for classical ballet at the private Ballet Academy and Dance Center Benedict-Manniegel.

Ana Julia Paiva

Ana Julia Paiva worked primarily in the dance scene in Brasília, Brazil, for over 14 years, with many diverse dance schools and companies. Based upon classical dance in the beginning, her work has grown to gradually introduce jazz, contemporary dance and urban dance influences to her work. She started teaching at a young age and now brings the experience of working with children in established schools like the YMCA in Brasília and in the American School of Brasília. She has participated in many workshops, competitions, shows and classes with renowned teachers representing diverse approaches to dance, including a season of studies in Vancouver, Canada, and in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her experience is based upon courses in different areas and cities through Brazil and has already she has received scholarships to the Broadway Dance Center in New York, to the Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco and to the Raça Centro de Artes in São Paulo.



Katerina Boutou

Katerina Boutou received her first degree from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London and continued her studies with Masha Mukhamedov. In 2010 she joined the Ballet Classique de Paris and in 2013 she was granted her Teaching Diploma from the Higher Professional Ballet School of Larissa while dancing with Thessalian Ballet, directed by Gesh Mihov. As a freelancer she participated in several projects of the Greek Northern Ballet, Opera Neon and Senior Youth Ballet and participated in Festivals of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Chicago. During her career, she danced roles in the classical repertoire including Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Esmeralda, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Etude, Suite en Blanc, Freski, Coppelia, Conservatoire, Bolero, Peter and the Wolf. In 2017 she attended a teacher’s course at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg and since 2015 she has been teaching in the Municipal Ballet School of Larissa in the vocational department and in the Higher Professional Ballet School of Larissa in the section of Ballet Repertoire. She also organizes seminars and performances with her own company “Athens Stage of Dance and Culture”.

Rachel Jackson-Weingärtner

Rachel Jackson-Weingärtner was born in England and trained as a dancer and teacher at the Vocational College “Dorothy Stevens School of Ballet and Performing Arts”. After completing her studies, she joined the “Lakatos Dance Company” and following this, she lived for three and a half years in southeast Asia (Japan and Korea). After returning to England, Rachel taught for one year at the college where she had trained before moving to Germany in 1992. Firstly, she was in Hamburg teaching at the International School and at a private ballet school.  After moving to Gelnhausen in 1996 she continued teaching students and in 1999 opened a Vocational College for dancers and dance teachers. In 2003 Rachel trained as an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance® and travels worldwide examining children and students in classical ballet. In her many years in Germany Rachel is well known for choreographing for classical ballet productions. In 2001 Rachel became the trainer and artistic producer for the “Penguin Tappers” – an organisation and company in Hemsbach, South Germany specializing in Tap Dance and classical ballet. With the adult and junior formation Rachel has choreographed and trained on many occasions, with the groups not only becoming German Champions but also several World Champion titles. Over the past decade, she has written and staged several one act ballets for dance students.

Currently, Rachel has decided to return to solely teaching and coaching ballet to pre-professional students and teachers and is freelancing throughout Germany, Switzerland, Italy and many different other parts of Europe. Rachel is often “on the road” for the Royal Academy of Dance® as an examiner, CBTS and CPD Tutor.

Helena Gläser

Jenny ist the owner of the „Tanzzentrum NRW“, a dance school in Bielefeld which is recognised by the government. She teaches Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance in her School as well as in the University of Bielefeld. Frequently she is invited as a guest teacher for workshops, including for example, at the Tanz Frankfurt. Jenny started her dance education at age 6, in Classical Ballet and Character Dance. Over time she expanded her range to include Tap Dance, Flamenco, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern Dance. In Classical Ballet she passed through the grades and vocational levels of the RAD (Royal Acedemy of Dance, London) and she has participated in many training courses for dancers and for teachers over the past 8 years in Vancouver, Hamburg New York, Münster, Dortmund and Toronto.

Hsin-i Huang

Hsin-i Huang graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts and her first engagement as a professional dancer was in 2004 at the Darmandt Staatstheater, Germany. Over the following 12 years Hsin-i Huang has been employed at the Hannover Staatstheater, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (Munich) and the Saarländisches Staatstheater (Saarbrücken). She has danced in choreographies by Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Fernando Melo, Marco Goecke, Stephen Thoss, Christian Spuck, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Matz Ek, Nacho Duato, Mei Hong Lin, Felix Landerer and Shangchi Sun. In 2015 she participated in the 29th International Choreography Competition Hannover and received the 3rd prize and the Audience Award for her work "Some people think differently", which she created in collaboration with Besim Hoti. In 2018 she worked as a guest teacher at the theater in Münster.

Aloisio Avaz

Aloisio Avaz is a native of Brazil and since 1994, lives in Berlin. He studied in Brazil classical ballet, Klaus Viana technique, modern dance (Limon) with Sonia Motta as well as Capoeira and Laban analysis with Maria Ducheness and Cybeli Cavalcanti. After touring with the João Fiadeiro Company through various capitals of Europe, he had further engagements with various dance companies in Berlin, such as the Rubato Tanz Company, The Move Company, Anna Huber and Angela Guerreiro amongst others.

As a freelance dancer and choreographer, he developed his own methods and works, which subsequently were premiered in Berlin in locations including the Sophiensäle, Dock 11, Theater O.N and Podewil. Since 2009 he has been working at the music school Béla Bartok in cooperation with the elementary school Elias Hof as a dance teacher for the subject music and movement, and continues to teach contemporary dance with a focus on improvisation for creative children's dance. In cooperation with the institutions TanzZeit, Tanzfabrik, Tanztangente, Dock 11 and various elementary schools, he has created and led numerous dance projects.

Irene Vaqueiro

Irene Vaqueiro obtained her training at the Carmina Ocaña & Pablo Savoye ballet school in Madrid. In 2008 she received her first engagement with the Corella Ballet in Spain and afterwards with the English National Ballet (Swan Lake in-the-round, Derek Deane) and Cork City Ballet. From 2011 until 2018 she was a member of Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg. Irene Vaqueiro danced in several pieces by Martin Schläpfer and in choreographies by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Nils Christie and William Forsythe, amongst others. In 2017 she made her Debut as costume designer when designing the costume for So-Yeon Kim’s piece “49” within the program Young Moves.

Marlúcia do Amaral

Brazilian Marlúcia do Amaral trained at the National School of Ballet in Havana, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and, with a scholarship from the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation, at the Mannheim Academy of Dance. In 2000 Martin Schläpfer engaged her for his ballettmainz, where she has not only danced roles specially devised for her in almost all his own works, but also in numerous choreographies by George Balanchine, Christopher Bruce, Nils Christe, Kurt Jooss, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Hans van Manen, Eric Oberdorff, Gisela Rocha and Twyla Tharp. Since 2009 she has been a member of the Ballett am Rhein where her repertoire is continually expanding with the works of Jiří Kylián, Antoine Jully, Brigitta Luisa Merki, Marco Goecke, William Forsythe and Terence Kohler. She was to be seen beside Martin Schläpfer in Hans van Manen’s “The Old Man and Me” in the world premiere “Alltag” of the renowned Dutch choreographer. Marlúcia do Amaral has won the competition of Joinville (Brazil), the International Competition of Buenos Aires, the Silver Medal at the dance competition for young talent of UNESCO’s Conseil International de la Danse in Paris, and the critics’ prize of Prêmio Acorianos as the “best dancer of the year 1997”. Furthermore she was cited in the category “outstanding dancer” in a series of critical polls: in “Dance Europe” in 2005 and 2007, in the yearbook of “ballettanz” in 2007 and 2008 and in the yearbook of “tanz” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, while the Koegler Journal on attested to her “the most masterly performance of an established ballerina”. She was nominated in 2011 for the German theatre prize Der Faust. In 2012 she received the most promising young artist award of the city of Düsseldorf.

Amy Schönheit

Amy Schönheit comes from the United States where she trained in the competition dance scene. She completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance in 2015 at the University of California, Irvine. During this time she worked with and performed for Sheron Wray, Chad Michael Hall, Idan Cohen and Noa Shiloh, and Leann Adluenda. In 2015 she moved to Berlin where she worked as a freelance artist and teacher before moving to Dresden in 2018. During her time in Dresden she has taught professional training classes for the freelance scene, as well as choreographing and teaching for a dance competition team in Freiberg. Apart from teaching Amy has also held engagements with Johanna Roggen, Natalie Wagner, Hellerau, Landesbühnen Sachsen Theater, and M.Over Company.

Juan Bockamp

Born in Madrid, Juan Bockamp graduated from the Conservatorio Professional de Danza “Carmen Amaya” and continued his studies at the Instituto Universitario “ Alicia Alonso” in his hometown. He danced in a variety of german State Theaters including the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the State Theater Cottbus and the Theater Plauen-Zwickau. He has guested with dance companies including the Theater Magdeburg, the Theater Hagen and the State Theater of Schwerin. Currently he lives in Madrid, dedicating himself to dance pedagogy and research.

Mariuca Marzà

Mariuca Marzà is a soloist at the Landestheater Eisenach company in Germany.  Her dance achievements include choreographing and coaching at the Polyphon film production in Eisenach, Germany for the TV series "Familie Doktor Kleist - Süsse Geheimniss ". She presented her solo work with the "Dance_Forms' 75th International Choreographers showcase" as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018. From 2015 until 2017 She participated in the “young choreography” at the Landestheater Eisenach Theater in Germany presenting three choreographies.
Her experiences as dancer include dancing for the Summer Season 2011 with the Nashville Ballet in Tennesse, USA. She Joined the Atlantic City Ballet in New Jersey in August 2010 for the 2010-11 Season. Before joining Atlantic City Ballet she danced with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre for their New York Season.
Mariuca was awarded a scholarship for the "Summer intensive 2009" at the American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School in New Jersey where she also danced with the Associated Company.

In 2008, she participated in the seminar and performance of contemporary dance with Guillaume Siard of Ballet Preljocaj with whom she performed at the Theater Ruskaja in Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy.
From 2005 until 2008 she performed as soloist with Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome under the direction of Margherita Parrilla, and graduated in 2009. Roles she performed at Accademia include the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Excelsior (version of Ugo Dell’Ara).