Student Seminar

Nordic Ballet School Network Seminar 2019

Welcome to Gothenburg!


We welcome all our sister schools in the Nordics to join us for the 2019 edition of the Nordic Seminar in Gothenburg, August 11-17, 2019. The event is a continuation of the well-established cooperation between the Nordic Ballet Schools and the successful seminars from the previous years.

The Student Program is open for students age 13-16 at the member schools of the network, National Finnish Opera Ballet School in Helsinki, Norwegian National Ballet School in Oslo, Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and Swedish National Ballet School in Gothenburg.

The Nordic Teacher and Musician Seminar is open for any dance teachers, professional dancers, pianists and percussionist, read more about the Nordic Teacher and Musician Seminar here.

We are looking forward to see you all in Gothenburg in August!


Best regards,

Sebastian Michanek
Artistic Director, Swedish National Ballet School

Practical information

Seminar dates for students

Sunday August 11th
Arrival day (arrival at latest 15.00 at the Gothenburg Central Station)

Monday August 12th to Friday August 16th
Days with dance classes

Saturday August 17th 
Show / departure day (departure earliest from city 14.30) 

Dance classes

The students will have classes in ballet, contemporary, floor barre and repertoire. Ballet- and contemporary classes and repertoire will be taught by international teachers that are regular guest teachers and friends of the Swedish National Ballet School in Gothenburg.

Classical Ballet (1h 30m)

Classical Repertoire (1h 30m)

Floorbarre (40m)

Contemporary Class and Repertoire/Creation (1h 30m)

For presentation of teachers, see below.

Students fee and accommodation

The price for the seminar is 600 EUR per student.

The participation fee covers tuition, accommodation including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack between classes as well as local bus ticket and joint activates such as the Seminar Party and a trip at Liseberg – Gothenburg amusement park (including entrance and ride pass).

The same package is included for 3 assisting parents from each visiting school. Additional parents can be added at the charge of 500 EUR.

Travel to and from Gothenburg is not included in the participation fee. We will meet you upon the arrival day August 11th at the Gothenburg Central Station and take you to the hotel.

All students will stay at the hotel including students from Gothenburg. The students from all four schools will be divided into three groups (according to the age/dance group). Each group will stay together and be accompanied by 1 parents from each school.

We will stay at Scandic Hotel Backadal only 3 min walk from our school


Each guesting school can send max 35 students turning the age 13-16 during the year of 2019. All students current year 6 to 9 at the hosting school are welcome to participate. Each school need to send 1 assisting parents per age group, making a total of 3.

Each school need to submit their list of participations no later than April 12th, 2019. Payment of the seminar fee is done as one collective payment from each school, not later than May 10th.

The seminar is hosted by the parent association of the Swedish National Ballet School and their organization will send an invoice of the amount corresponding to the numbers of participants. Please include your invoice address with the submission of the list of the participants.

Seminar show

As the tradition we end the seminar with a presentation of the work we have done during the week. Each group will show extracts from both classical repertoire and contemporary work.

The show will be held on Saturday morning at Lorensbergsteatern.




When we are not dancing we invite you to experience Gothenburg together with us.

You will have time to explore the city of Gothenburg or go for a swim.

Together we will take a trip to Liseberg – Gothenburg famous amusement park (entrance and ride pass are included in the participation fee).

Thursday evening we invite all participating students and teachers to a Seminar Party.

In the evenings there will be possible to take part in Dance Talks with some of our seminar teachers.

Liseberg – Gothenburg amusement park

Contact and more information

Our administrative contact for the seminar will be Karin Larsson and she will in week 9 send out application sheets etc to each school.

Karin Larsson, Producer, Swedish National Ballet School
+46 31-367 33 82

Nordic Seminar 2018 hosted by the Norwegian National Ballet School in Oslo

Ballet Teachers

Raymond Lukens

American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT National Training Curriculum (New York, USA)

Raymond Lukens was trained in New York City and had an international career as a ballet dancer; he co-authored the ABT National Training Curriculum and created the syllabi for the ABT/ NYU MA Program. He was a faculty member of the ABT JKO School.

Before joining ABT, Mr. Lukens directed The Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy, was Ballet Master for Boston Ballet and Director of BB II. He has taught for ABT, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School and Dance Theater of Harlem; he has judged for international dance competitions, translated into Italian Joan Lawson’s book, Ballet Class, and has written several articles.

Mr. Lukens has also choreographed in the U.S.A. and abroad, including: two televised UNICEF galas, for The Intermezzo Ballet Company, for BB II and for ABT’s Opening Night Galas at the Metropolitan Opera House seasons featuring the ABT Studio Company and ABT JKO School dancers. Mr. Lukens was named the 2015 Lucia Chase Fellow in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Franco De Vita

American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT JKO School (New York, USA)

Franco De Vita received his dance training at the Conservatoire Royal de Charleroi, Belgium. He co-authored of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School.

He has taught for American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Hartford Ballet. Mr. De Vita co-directed the Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy and is a renowned authority on the Cecchetti Method. As a performer, Mr. De Vita performed principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie.

Franco has judged for international dance competitions, including the Prix de Lausanne and YAGP. Under Mr. De Vita’s leadership the ABT JKO School became a Partner School of the Prix de Lausanne. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Teacher Magazine.

Carina Bomers

Ballet teacher at Canada’s National Ballet School and a fellow of and examiner for the Cecchetti Branch of the ISTD (Toronto, Canada)

A graduate of the Professional Ballet/Academic Program at NBS, Carina Bomers went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and the Ballet Y’s. Over the course of her performance career, she has toured across Canada, Europe and the United States, working with numerous astounding dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Veronica Tennant, Karen Kain, Erik Bruhn and Celia Franca.

Carina Bomers returned to NBS for the Teacher Training Program in 1980, and then taught dance at the George Brown College School of Dance where she was also Artistic Director for the Youth Ensemble. Bomers has been on staff at NBS since 1983, teaching ballet and creative dance, and is presently the coordinator of the Dancers’ Clinic, helping dancers to refine strategies to prevent and overcome injuries.

She is also involved in outreach classes, both in Canada and abroad, and she has been a guest teacher at several professional ballet schools including the National Ballet Academy of Amsterdam and the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, Spain. Carina is a Fellow of and examiner for the Cecchetti Branch of the ISTD.

Sarawanee Tanatanit

Former dancer at the American Ballet Theater, New York, and the ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Genéve, Switzerland)

Sarawanee has participated in many international dance competitions including Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Asian Pacific Ballet Competition and Adeline Genee International Ballet competition. Sarawanee was awarded the Royal Academy of Dancing Solo Seal in 1999. And become a Prize Winner of the 2001 Prix de Lausanne where she was offered an apprentice scholarship at American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in New York. The following year, she was accepted into the main ABT Company where she spent 7 years as a professional ballet dancer.

Sarawanee was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2008. She has performed on all the world class stages including “Ramakien” at Lincoln Center Festival in New York, the Youth American Grand Prix Gala and Benjamin Millepied’s tour in Cannes Dance Festival. Since 2008, she has been a soloist of the ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Switzerland.

In 2015, Thai television called “Thai DNA” aired a life style documentary of Sarawanee during the period of her time in Geneva. Currently she work as a freelance as guest judge for Asian Grand Prix, guest teacher at Swedish National Ballet School and in various ballet schools and universities in South East Asia.

Fatima de Cerqueira

Ballet teacher at the Royal Danish Ballet School and a former dancer of Ballet do Teatrp Palacio das Artes in Brazil and Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Portugal (Odense, Denmark)

Født og uddannet i Brasilien, dansens land. Efteruddannet i Paris ved Raymond Franchetti, Pariseroperaens direktør.

Ansat som danser i Ballet do Teatrp Palacio das Artes i Brasilien, i Companhia Nacional de Bailado i Portugal og på Pantomimeteatret i København. Har arbejdet med de store koreografer, så som Hugo Dellavalle, Patrick Hurde, John Auld, Terry Westmoreland, Armando Jorge, Michael Corder, Georges Skibine, Rudi Van Dantzig m.fl., og dansede flere solopartier i balletterne Paquita, Raymonda, Svanesøen, Sylfiden, Romeo og Julia, Concerto Barroco, Ramifications, Carmina Burana. !

Har undervist ved alle betydningsfulde danseinstitutioner i Danmark og er i dag ansat ved Det Kgl. Teater Balletskolen Odense.

Sebastian Michanek

Artistic director of the Swedish National Ballet School and a former soloist of Royal Swedish Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet (Gothenburg, Sweden / Copenhagen, Denmark)

Sebastian Michanek har en bred erfarenhet som dansare. Han har vunnit Eurovision Young Dancers i modern nutida dans, dansat de ledande rollerna i de stora klassiska baletterna och gestaltat historiska roller på Ulriksdals och Drottningholms slottsteatrar. Genom sin danskarriär har Sebastian arbetat med vår tids största koreografer och dansat med Kungliga Baletten, Royal Danish Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Arena di Verona Ballet samt som gästdansare runt om i Europa.

Urval av roller: Titelrollen i Peer Gynt (Neumeier), Prinsen i Svansjön (Martins), Albrecht i Giselle (Maina Gielgud), Prinsen i Nötknäpparen (Ratmanski), Prinsen i Nötknäpparen (Greve), Titelrollen i Tristan (Pastor), Prins Ivan i Eldfågeln (Ratmanski), Lenskij i Onegin (Cranko), Lysander och Philostrat/Puck i En Midsommarnattsdröm (Neumeier), Petite Mort (Kylián) och The Vertiginious Thrill of Exactitude (Forsythe).

Jenny Nilson

Former principal of the Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden)

Jenny Nilson är tidigare premiärdansare vid Kungliga Baletten och har genom sin starka sceniska personlighet och gestaltningsförmåga blivit en av sin generations finaste dramatiska ballerinor. Hennes repertoar visar på både bredd och djup, från Svandrottning till Amman i Mats Eks Julia och Romeo. Redan tidigt i karriären uppmärksammades Jennys sceniska mognad och hon blev en favorit bland gästande koreografer.

Vid sidan av sin danskarriär har Jenny även utbildat sig till skådespelare, både på RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art i London) och Teaterhögskolan i Stockholm.

Jenny trivs bäst i de stora dramatiska rollerna såsom Julia, Manon, Tatjana och Mary Vetsera i Mayerling men är lika hemma i den moderna repertoaren.

Joakim Stephenson

Choreographer, guest teacher and former soloist of the Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden)

That I see my dancers and contribute to them in such way that they grow and develop in technique and dance as artists.

Joakim Stephenson är utbildad dansare vid Kungliga Svenska Balettskolan och startade sin karriär på Kungliga Operan 1991 och blev solist 2007. Joakim började tidigt att koreografera och har skapat ett flertal verk till bl.a Bergman festivalen på Gotland och till kompaniet Stockholm59north.

Joakim undervisar även och är ofta anlitad som coach i Sverige och utomlands.

Terry Wright

Ballet teacher and former Deputy Artistic Director of the Tring Park for the Performing Arts (London, UK)

Terry Wright är utbildad i London på Arts Education School, Barbican. Efter att ha vunnit Markova Cup i balett vid 17 års ålder dansade hon med English National Ballet. I kompaniet dansade hon tillsammans med många välkända dansare som Nureyev, Fonteyn, Makarova och Baryshnikov för att nämna några.

Terry har sedan många år tillbaka arbetat som biträdande konstnärlig ledare för klassisk balett vid Tring Park for the Performing Arts. Nu arbetar hon som internationell gästlärare och frilandskoreograf och har precis avslutat ett arbete med regissören Joss Whedon för den senaste Marvelfilmen ”Avengers” Ultrons ålder”.


Contemporary Teachers

Heidi Vierthaler

Choreographer and guest teacher of contemporary dance and the founder of the Stream-Flow Method (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The stream-flow method has been recognized as an effective somatic movement method that focuses on developing the individual. It has been featured in a recent publication for the dance practices amongst dance institutions throughout Europe.

Heidi Viertaler har som dansare arbetat med några av de mest framstående danskompanier och koreografer i Europa och USA, bland annat the Forsythe Company, Ballet Frankfurt, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani och Pacific NorthWest Ballet. Heidi undervisar och skapar verk för danskompanier, festivaler och universitet runt om i världen.

Hon har samarbetat med bland andra The Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Intensive, Carte Blanche, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Norrdans och Skånes Dansteater.


Erez Zohar

Certified Gaga Teacher

Erez started his dance training as a member of local companies including Hora Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Tap Dance Company, and he received several Sharett scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation as well as a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Education. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance’s high school, he joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2002 and danced with Batsheva Dance Company from 2005-2012, rejoining the troupe from 2017. At Batsheva, he performed in repertory by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, and Yasmeen Godder and premiered his own choreography in several Batsheva Dancers Create programs.

Erez began teaching Gaga in 2003 and has taught throughout Israel and around the world. He is currently an independent dancer and creator as well as a certified therapist in the Ilan Lev method.


Contemporary Teacher


Information coming…


Floorbarre Teachers

Ola Beccau

Artistic responsible for classical ballet at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Ola Beccau är utbildad vid Kungliga Svenska Balettskolan och Danshögskolan i Stockholm samt vid ABT i New York och har en professionell karriär som dansare bakom sig i bl.a. Östgötabaletten, KCDC och Adekwhat.

Ola är en flitig gästlärare i Sverige om utomlands vid Alvin Ailey, Skånes dansteater, Random dance, Vietnam National Ballet, Vanemuine Ballett m.fl.

Ola har även tidigare varit balettmästare vid Dansk Danseteater, naprapati vid Kungliga Operan i Stockholm, danslärare vid Balettakademiens yrkesdansarutbildning i Stockholm och universitetslektor vid danslärarutbildningen i Piteå.


Jenny Malmborg

Contemporary teacher at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Jenny Malmborg är utbildad vid Malmö Stadsteaters Balettelevskola (idag Malmö Opera) och Balettakademien. I Malmö har hon medverkat i flera av de stora helaftonsbaletterna som Napoli och Törnrosa. Hon har även varit verksam i internationella danskompanier.

Jenny är utbildad danspedagog vid Danshögskolan i Stockholm och varit verksam som pedagog i över 20 år.


Mauro Rojas

Contemporary teacher at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Mauro Rojas har dansat i ett flertal danskompanier både i Sverige och internationellt. Mauro har arbetat som pedagog i över 30 år och skapat verk för bl.a. Svenska Balettskolan, internationella danstävlingar och invigningarna av Gothia Cup på Ullevi och Scandinavium.



Kim Helweg

Pianist and composer. Responsible for the Musical Accompaniment to Dance Program at The Danish National School of performing arts and head pianist of the Royal Danish Ballet

Kim Helweg has studied musicology at the University of Copenhagen and has taught as well as given lectures and workshops since 1977. He had his professional debut as a composer in 1974 and has since written music in different genres and has been commissioned works from most of Europe as well as US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and China.Kim has written music for more than 50 dance performances, one opera, (Stalingrad) and an international award-winning musical (The Kreutzer Sonata).

In addition, Kim has composed music for a wide range of scenic experiments and a lot of works for orchestras, chamber ensembles and not at least for two pianos. His collaboration with the dance has resulted in a long list of experimental works which investigate the relationship between music and dance in the newer choreographic practice as well as in the neo classical ballet.

Furthermore, he has developed the discipline of Choreomusical Practice by thoroughly renewing the music in classical ballet training, as well as introducing conceptual musical compositional thinking in contemporary dance training programs. He has also created and strengthened a wide-ranging international collaboration in this field. The MAD (Musical Accompaniment to Dance) programme, launched in 2008, is based on these ideas.

Wojciech Gluch

Guest pianist for classical ballet at at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Wojciech Gluch absolverade vid Warsawas Musikakademi med studier i musikpedagogik och kördirigering. Under 70-80 talet var han musikdirektör vid Varieté teatern och Studentteatern STS i Warsawa och specialiserades i ledning av vokalverkstan. Wojciech har komponerat mycket musikal tv-och filmmusik. Han har under många år dirigerat kvinnokören i Göteborg, Chorus Polonicus Gothoburghensis och där haft många internationella samarbeten.

2013 förärades Wojciech utmärkelsen Förtjänskorset av den polska regeringen för sitt gedigna artistarbete.


Artur Gnutek

Pianist for classical ballet, character dance and contemporary dance at at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Artur Gnutek kommer från en musiker- och konstnärsfamilj och visade tidigt sitt intresse för att spela piano. Artur har en bred erfarenhet som ackompanjatör för klassisk balett, scenisk folkdans och modern nutida dans. Artur har spelat på ett flertal danskompanier och skolor som Skånes Dansteater, GöteborgsOperan, Svenska Balettskolan i Malmö, Danscenter, Angeredsgymnasiets dansaryrkeslinje och Glenda Ravn balettskola.

Artur har även deltagit i pianotävlingar och musikfestivaler samt vid kammarmusik och pianorecitaler både i Sverige och utomlands samt arbetat som pianopedagog och musiklärare.


Mariana Palacios

Pianist and percussionist for classical ballet, character dance and contemporary dance at at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Mariana Palacios spelar både klassisk och modern repertoar. Eftersom hon även har dansat själv har hon stor förståelse för hur viktig musiken och musikern är för dansaren.

Sedan 2009 har Mariana främst fokuserat på att spela för dansklasser vid bla English National Ballet, GöteborgsOperan, Tivoli Ballet Theatre, Danscentrum väst, Balettakademien och RAD.
2014 blev hon vid Göteborgs Universitet klar med sin uppsats ”The piano music in the ballet class. How can the pianist talk to the dancer.”

2016 avslutade Mariana sina studier vid Danish National School of Performing Arts vid programmet “Musical Accompaniment for Dance”. Vilket senare ledde till att hon regisserade, producerade, komponerade och medverkade i dansfilmen SERES.


Marcin Gluch

Guest pianist for classical ballet at at the Swedish National Ballet School (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Marcin Dominik Głuch is a pianist, conductor and composer from Warsaw. He studied choral conducting with Antoni Szalinski, chamber piano music with Krystyna Makowska-Lawrynowicz as well as composition with Romuald Twardowski at the Music Academy in Warsaw. In June 1997 he got an honours degree for his master thesis entitled The presence of Polish music culture in Gothenburg exemplified by the Philharmonic Hall.

He worked as the first pianist of the Monte Carlo Ballet in Monaco, as well as Performing Arts School in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he also cooperated with the authorities of the Festival of Science, the Film Festival, and the Music High School.
Marcin leads master classes for young pianists in music schools of the first and second level and is a chef conductor for the Kungälvs Men Choir.

Marcin Dominik Głuch is also the author of numerous academic publications concerning Polish musical culture in Sweden. His works can be found in the Library of the Polish Cultural Institute in London and the Royal Library in Stockholm.


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