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

Marta Diminich from Italy studied in Trieste, the Principauté de Monaco and in Florence, where she earned her diploma. 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 as a lecturer for the departement-Dance at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. 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 Bachelor degree in dance 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 Argentina. Her career started as under studies at the Swedish dance company "Norrdans". This was followed by soloist and guest engagements at the Landestheater Linz, Landestheater Coburg, Stadttheater Hildesheim, Landestheater Flensburg and Theater Hagen in Germany. Some of the choreographers she worked with are Carlos Matos, Gerda Köning, Alfonso Palencia, Teresa Ranieri, Milli Bitterly, Rose Breuss, Katharina Torwesten, Katja Erdmann-Rasjki and Adriana Barenstein among others. 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. She was also an speaker at the symposium "Young Creators" at the University of Oslo. 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 that was  commissioned by different international institutions. Currently she is a freelance pedagogue and dancer, giving numerous workshops in Berlin, Argentina, Australia, Spain and Peru. Alma is currently performing with the company tanzSpeicher 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".

Elizabeth Ladron de Guevara

Elizabeth Ladrón de Guevara is a native of Chile and works as a freelance choreographer, dance teacher and dancer. She studied dance and choreography at the Universidad de Chile, at the Colegio Nacional de Danza in México and at the Contemporary Dance School in Hamburg. As a dancer she worked with different choreographers, inter alia: Johann Kresnik, Hugo de Ana, Patricio Bunster. Her own choreographed dance performances were presented on international stages, such as in Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and Sweden.

Since 2003 she lives in Hamburg. In 2005 she founded the "Ensemble Danza Urbana" and works in dance projects in Germany and Latin America. In 2014, she began her career as a lecturer at Melting Pop, a project of the Bundesverband Popularmusik e.V. From 2017, she works as a dance teacher at the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg.
Throughout her career, she participated in numerous dance trainings and works as a trainer for Vinyasa Power Yoga and Pilates.

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.

Ana Julia Paiva

Ana Julia has worked mostly in the dance scene in Brasília – Brazil, for 14 years, taking part in diverse dance schools and companies in that period. Maintaining contact with classical dance from the beginning, and gradually introducing jazz, contemporary dance and urban dances. Took part in many competitions, shows and classes with renowned teachers from Brazil. Has been improving the knowledge on dance in Argentina, for a season of studies in Vancouver - Canada, and in Copenhagen - Denmark. Her experience counts on courses in different areas and cities through Brazil and has already been granted scholarships to Canada, New York, São Francisco and São Paulo. Currently is a student in Palucca Hoschule fur Tanz Dresden, for the master in dance pedagogy.