Senior Professional School


Admission is by audition only.

The next Senior Professional School audition is scheduled for:

Saturday, 17th March, 2018

To register please send your CV with 2 class photos to:

Ballettschule Theater Basel

Elisabethenstrasse 16

CH-4010 Basel

A private audition by appointment is possible throughout the year. Please contact us for a date.


The Ballettschule Theater Basel offers a full time professional program for students ages 13 – 19 who wish to pursue dance as a career. A solid foundation in classical ballet is required. Admission is by audition only. Auditions are held twice a year or by appointment.

Small classes insure optimal individual attention. In addition to technical proficiency, emphasis is placed upon the development of artistry. The close relationship to Ballett Basel insures a professional working atmosphere, provides students with a source of inspiration and sets the standard for professional excellence.

The curriculum includes classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, pas de deux, modern, music theory and history, dance history, anatomy, Pilates and yoga. In the fourth and fifth year of study, students who demonstrate sufficient maturity and technical ability are selected to take professional class with Ballett Basel. The fifth year is devoted to refining technique and the preparation necessary to audition for professional companies.

At the end of the first semester each year, students are given a verbal assessment from the teaching staff. Exams are conducted at the end of each school year. Advancement to the next level is granted to students who have achieved the required technical demands for their level, who have worked in a disciplined, enthusiastic manner through out the year and have demonstrated maturity appropriate to their age. By the time students graduate they should be able to work independently and be ready to begin a professional career. Although the learning process for dancers continues throughout their career, successful graduates are awarded a diploma.

Performance Opportunities

Participation in school performances and demonstrations provides students with practical stage experience. Students in the Senior Professional Division (Theaterklassen) participate in between 5 and 9 performances per year. Performances take place on one of the stages of the Basel Theater as well as on tour. Students in the last year of study have also performed with Ballett Basel and Ballet du Rhin.

Academic Education

All students are encouraged to complete their academic education. Beginning with the 7th year of school, students of the Junior Professional School are enrolled in one of the “Sportklassen” where a special academic schedule allows them to attend the required number of dance classes. Students are also excused from academic study during the intensive rehearsal time before performances.

“EFZ” in Bühnentanz

The last 3 years of studies, students are enrolled in our nationally accredited diploma program for Professional Dance (EFZ Bühnentanz). Dance classes are held in the Basel theater and academic classes are held at the HWS Huber Widemann Schule. All academic classes are conducted bilingually in German and English.

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Medical Supervision

The Ballettschule Theater Basel works with a team of doctors and therapists who specialize in the specific needs of dancers. This same group of medical specialists works with Ballett Basel. Students have immediate access to a qualified orthopaedic surgeon, physical therapists and general practitioners.

Career Planning

The final of study year is devoted to refining technique and the preparation necessary to audition for professional companies. Students learn how to present themselves, how to prepare a Curriculum vita and how to judge which photos should be included. Students are additionally made aware of the size and styles of different companies, as well as the type of dancer suited to the individual choreographers, and are assisted in choosing auditions appropriate to their talents.

Financial Support

A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are awarded to students based on talent and

financial need. For students accepted for the “EFZ Bühnentanz” Diploma course, tuition is free.

Student Awards / Engagements

Graduates of the BTB have joined the following companies:

Ballett Basel

Finnish National Ballet

Ballett am Rhein Dusseldorf Duisburg

Ballett Dortmond

Zürich Junior Ballett

Ballett Braunschweig

Panov Ballet Theater

Oregon Ballet Theater

Ballett Nürnberg

The Ballet Boyz-London

New English Contempoary Ballet

Ballet of the Opera Haus Graz



Ballet Junior Geneva

Ballet Eisenach

Tanz Luzerner Theater

Ballet Villenuen Estonia

Tokyo Ballet

Croatian National Ballet

Gauthier Dance

Murley Dance, London

St Louis Ballett U.S.A.

Ballet de France

Ballet National de Marseille,

Delattre Dance Company

Teatrul de Balet Sibiu Rumania,

Ballet Cymru


Student Awards

Alecia Gouveia Youth America Grand Prix, New York, 2015

Guido Sarnataro Youth America Grand Prix, New York, 2015

Jivan Barseghyan Participant of Prix du Lausanne 2014

Valentina Volci Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2013-2014

Marie Courtier Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2013-2014

Julie Diethelm Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2012-2013, 2013-2014

Sidney Turtschi Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2011 – 2012 & 2012 – 2013

Salome Füger Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2012 – 2013

Sara Leuenberger Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2010 – 2011 & 2011 - 2012

Philip Handschin Participant of the Prix de Lausanne 2010

Takahito Kamimura Participant of the Prix de Lausanne 2009

Sarah Schoch Recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Scholarship for Dance 2009 – 2010

Piergiorgio Regazzo Gold Medal – Competition Sitges Spain 2009

Ester Carminati Gold Medal – Competition Paris 2008

Simone Merkli Silver Medal – Tanzolymp 2007

Sara Leuenberger Silver Medal - Tanzolymp 2007

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