Category Archive Teachers

Stacey Denham © Kiran West
ByAnja Michalke

Stacey Denham

Stacey Denham was born in New York. She danced with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Repertory Company, the Clive Thompson Dance Company, with Judith Jamison, at the Washington D.C. City Ballet Company and at the Theater des Westens in Berlin. As a long-standing guest teacher, she teaches the Theatre Classes in modern dance, based on the Horton-Technique. She is also in charge of the dance composition classes and co-ordinates the “Creativity Workshop” in the Ernst Deutsch Theater.

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Janusz Mazon © Kiran West
ByAnja Michalke

Janusz Mazoń

Janusz Mazoń was born in Bytom, Poland and trained for nine years at the ballet school there. In 1980 he was offered a contract with the ballet company of the Warsaw State Opera. In 1985 he joined the Hamburg Ballet. He advanced to soloist in 1989 and to principal in 1993. He danced many of the leading roles in the repertoire of the Hamburg Ballet as well as creating new roles in John Neumeier’s ballets. In 1997, he moved to the USA where he graduated with a degree as Doctor of Chiropractic in 2002. While maintaining his work in his chiropractic office, he was also ballet master for The Georgia Ballet School and Company. Janusz Mazon returned to Hamburg in 2013, where he took up a position on the teaching faculty of the School of the Hamburg Ballet. He staged John Neumeier’s ballets for Houston ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, the Boston Ballet, the polish National ballet in Warsaw and the Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

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ByAnja Michalke

Gigi Hyatt

Gigi Hyatt is German American. She began her training in her hometown Berlin with Tatiana Gsovsky and continued in 1974 in Munich with Konstanze Vernon at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung. In 1982, Gigi Hyatt was awarded the Gold Medal in the Junior Division of the Jackson International Ballet Competition and in the same year joined the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. In 1984, she was honored with the Wilhelm Oberdorfer Award. In her first season, Gigi Hyatt was promoted to demi-soloist, the following year to soloist and in 1986 to principal dancer. Gigi Hyatt was fortunate to dance in many ballets choreographed by John Neumeier and created numerous roles, including Desdemona in Othello, Solveig in Peer Gynt, Cinderella, Undine and Viola/Feste in Vivaldi or What You Will. In 1997, ending her career on stage, she moved to the USA, where she first became ballet mistress and teacher at The Georgia Ballet and School and in 2004 assumed the position of Artistic Director. In 2013, Gigi Hyatt returned to Hamburg to take up the position of Pedagogical Principal and Deputy Director of The School of The Hamburg Ballet.

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Kevin Haigen © Kiran West
ByAnja Michalke

Kevin Haigen

Kevin Haigen began his studies at Diana Avery‘s Sacred Dance Guild of Miami and simultaneously classical ballet with Martha Mahr. He received a scholarship for the School of American Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, where he was taught by Stanley Williams and Erik Bruhn. After dancing with the American Ballet Theatre (directed by Lucia Chase) and the Stuttgart Ballet (directed by Glen Tetley) he joined the Hamburg Ballet in 1976 under the direction of John Neumeier, whom he considers his artistic mentor. In 1983, he joined the Netherlands Dans Theater under the direction of Jirí Kylián, 1985 becoming Ballet Master for the Ballet de Monte Carlo under the direction of Ghislene Thesman. 1986 moving to English National Ballet under the direction of Peter Schaufuss. 1987 to 1991 joining the Béjart Ballet Lausanne having an enriching creative relationship with Maurice Béjart. He returned to Hamburg his »artistic home« in 1991, continuing his journey with the world of John Neumeier becoming Principal Ballet Master of the Hamburg Ballet and teacher for the School of the Hamburg Ballet under the pedagogical guidance from Irina Jacobson. Most inspiring for him is the development of the future: training creative thinkers and movers and conveying that the art of ballet is a never-ending journey. Kevin Haigen is Artistic and Pedagogical Director of the National Youth Ballet. He teaches internationally and stages John Neumeier’s ballets all over the world. He was awarded with the Theaterpreis Hamburg – Rolf Mares 2019.

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