Future prospect for Berlin's young generation of dancers

Photo: Katja Breithaupt Photo: Katja Breithaupt
 

Berlin, May 3, 2021 --- The Staatsballett Berlin launches a ten-month Mentorship Programme for alumni of the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin at the beginning of next season, providing 16 dancers with future prospects during the pandemic.

From September 2021, the Staatsballett Berlin offers 16 alumni of the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin a ten-month training programme, combining experience with theory and individual coaching. Based on their completed training, the programme is a bridge between school life and professional life, supported by three pillars: practical routines include all Fellows participating in the Staatsballett's daily morning class; they will take part in masterclasses held by the company's principal dancers; and they will take the stage together with the ensemble. The programme's theoretical part focuses on historic performance practices, feedback culture and cognitive skills. Health aspects such as nutritional counselling, mental coaching and dance medical supervision will also ensure further development of everyone's individual potential. In addition, every Fellow will be mentored by members of the company, ensuring direct exchange of experience and inspirational encounters beyond everyday life in the ballet studio. Having been introduced to the programme already, both dancers of the Staatsballett and alumni of the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin are equally excited.
The programme is made possible with financial support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Senator for Culture and Europe Klaus Lederer says:

"The Staatsballett Berlin's Mentorship Programme offers young dancers a professional perspective. I am particularly pleased that the programme focusses on a variety of aspects which are, in their own right and in conjunction, essential to the alumni's professional development.
The programme is an important signal on how young talents – ultimately the future of our mutual cultural life – can be fostered during and after the corona crisis. We are very glad to support this initiative with seed funding.”

Dr. Christiane Theobald, provisional artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin, adds:
“As the Staatsballett Berlin doesn't have its own stage, we weren't able to support Berlin's independent scene substantially during the corona pandemic. Therefore, the idea of a Mentorship Programme arose as an alternative way to practice social commitment, trying to compensate for the sacrifices and setbacks the alumni of the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin have to endure due to the pandemic. I am very happy that the programme will be implemented, swift and without complications, with the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.”