Photo credit: Olga Kuzminskaya

Interview with our first year Student, Thea Malfertheiner

One of our most dedicated students, Thea, 23 years old, is on our 1st year. Her story is very interesting, as she took the TAB course for 3 times, and then decided to join our 3 years dance education, as she felt super prepared to start her studies. We had a very nice chat with this great student:


Q: So you came from South Tyrol to Berlin! Can you tell us more about you, your age, what kind of dancing you like the most, and what was your main goal when you came and how did you get into studying dance?

A: Yes, I’m 23 years old and come from a very small village in the mountains of northern Italy. Unfortunately dancing is not a very common thing there. When I was a child I always wanted to dance, but my parents didn’t have the time and money to bring me to a dance school in the nearest city. So I was dancing around in my bedroom instead, or creating little choreographies with my friends for fun.
When I was 20, I was travelling by myself, because I was not sure what to do with my future. During my travels I got to see many different little dance performances in different countries and locations. Every time when I saw those people dance, I was touched by it in my heart and sometimes even moved to tears. I felt, that this dream to dance was still very strong inside me. So I was on a 22 hour bus ride in the middle of nowhere and had a lot of time to think about my dreams and future. I wrote down all my thoughts in my diary and that is when I decided that I really wanted to start dancing. Two weeks later I was in Sri Lanka, searching on the internet for dance programs where I could dance every day, without having to audition. That is how I found the TAB course in DANCEWORKS berlin. And 2 months later I was here taking my very first dance class in the TAB program at the age of 21. The kind of dance I enjoy the most is contemporary dance. When I started I didn’t think that it would be possible for someone starting that late, to ever get into a professional dance education. So my main goal was to finally give myself a chance to follow my passion.

Q: Wow, this is impressive! You have done the TAB for 3 times before getting in our first year Ausbildung. That is hard work and persistence! Can you maybe tell us what it felt like, how did that help you and how do you see yourself now, compared to when you started your TAB journey?

A: After the first term of the TAB program, to stop dancing was not an option for me. Even though I was working 8 hours a day, I renounced my lunch break in order to come to the studios in time. It just made me so happy every day and I could not imagine to give up.
So I continued with the TAB and in the end I made it to train with a more advanced group. At that point my teachers encouraged me a lot to keep going and to audition for the full time professional education, which went well. In the pre education I gained the basics that are necessary to continue. During TAB I noticed, that for some dancers in my class it was more about dancing as a hobby, now as I’m in the full time education, the students are more focused and ambitious, and so am I. Still now, it is hard for me to keep up with my classmates, who mostly have more experience in dance. But I have already learned so much and I am very thankful for all the support that comes from the teachers and other students.

Q: Certainly you are very dedicated and a strong dancer, as we have noticed on your work daily on the studios. Anyways, what is your plan for the next 2,5 years of dance education in Danceworks?

A: Throughout this education I want to work hard and pull out the best dancer I can find inside myself. It will take a lot of dedication, patience and emotional strength, but I know that it’s worth the work. Already now, I reached a point, where I never thought I could be. And of course I did not come this far to only come this far. This is a chapter of my life, that just feels really good and makes me happy every day. So my plan is, to keep on working on this new me and turn myself into a confident and proud dancer.


We wish Thea all the best and we are proud to have her among our students!

The New TAB starts in September, and you can already apply here:


Congratulations on the Performance for our 3rd years' students, performing "About Time", in TIPI Am Kanzleramt, in Berlin, for Babylon Europa!
On last Sunday, May 5th, our beautiful dancers performed in this great event for a massive audience, and it was a blast! The piece, named About Time, was created by our third years' students, facilitated by the Composition Docent Anna-Lise Hearn, with costumes by the fashion designer Selina Hirsch, and performed by Aseel Qupty, Frederikke Schultz, Giuliana Corsi, Jacob Borchert, Julia Köster and Kyra Van Biljon. Well Done!


Graduated in 2018 in Danceworks Berlin

Photo: Olga Kuzminskaya


Q: How was it for you to get the job offer in Munster Theater immediately as you graduated? How do you see it now and what is the future looking like for you, in the company?


A: I was lucky to be invited for a private audition, so I didn't have the pressure of trying to draw the attention. I took the company class in the morning, which was classical training.
Afterwards I joined the rehearsal and one of the company members taught me an excerpt from a solo, which I then had to perform as well as adding some personal improvisation to it.
Now, that I've been in the company for some time I think it had a great impact on my dancing. Being surrounded by so many experienced and talented dancers from all over the world is giving me so much inspiration to approach dance in a new and different way. I'm very lucky to announce that I was offered a beginners contract with the company, so I will be dancing with the company full-time for 6 months starting in the end of October this year.


Q: That is amazing! Congratulations! And how is the training routine for your job, how different is it from when you were a student?


A: The training is as follows: In the morning we have company class, afterwards we go straight to rehearsals. Depending on how involved you are in the rehearsal of that day, you could have a short day and be home early, other days you will stay in the studio for 8 hours. The biggest difference to my dance training is, the morning class is supposed to be a warm-up for the rest of the day, as well as an opportunity to continuously work on your technique and improve as a dancer. The rehearsals afterwards are all about the artistic process of learning a new piece and bringing it on stage.


Q: Seems exciting. And what are your plans for the future?


A: My plans for the future are to keep on improving, gathering as much experience as possible and grow, through working with different choreographers.


We, from Danceworks, wish Gian the best and a lot of sucess on his career!

RED ROOM - Choreografie von Sigge Modigh 

Vorgestellt am 6. Oktober in den Nordischen Botschaften in Berlin.


Eine Gruppe ist in einem Raum eingeschlossen. Jemand entscheidet, wer rausgelassen wird, aber niemand weiß wer es ist oder warum ... Ist der Entscheider innerhalb der Gruppe oder wird sie von außen beobachtet? Ist es ein soziales Experiment oder nur ein Spiel? Es scheint, dass die Mitglieder der Gruppe sich nicht erinnern, warum sie dort sind. In diesem Kontext entfaltet sich ein Drama, wenn die Spannung in der Gruppe von verschiedenen Charakteren größer wird.

Kyra van Biljon Jacob Borchert Vahlun, Giuliana Corsi Kolling, Merle Gebauer, Gian Marco Meier, Shauna Mc Williams, Roosa Nirhamo, Aseel Qubty, Frederikke Schultz Jensen.


Du tanzt für Dein Leben gerne?


Wir bilden seit mehr als 30 Jahren professionelle TänzerInnen aus und bieten außerdem drei hochkarätige Programme zur Vorbereitung auf die Ausbildung sowie für passionierte HobbytänzerInnen an. Dabei legen wir besonderen Wert darauf, Dich nach Deinen Fähigkeiten leistungsorientiert zu fördern und Dir den Aufstieg in unsere Exzellenzklassen zu ermöglichen. Unsere renommierten DozentInnen bringen Dir nicht nur die richtige Technik bei, sondern unterrichten mit Herz ein ausgewogenes Programm zwischen Zeitenössischem Tanz, Ballett, Modern, Jazz, Improvisation, Pilates, Street Dance, Musical, Floor Barre, Kulturmanagement/Vermarktungsstrategien und vielem mehr.


Bei uns profitierst Du neben der Expertise unseres international aktiven Dozentenstabs auch von unseren spannenden Gastdozenten aus aller Welt, die Dir unterschiedlichste Stile näher bringen und Deine Inspiration wecken. Du lernst außerdem das professionelle projektorientierte Arbeiten mit weltweit aktiven Choreographen wie Jan Pusch oder Sven Niemeyer kennen: Am Ende jeden Semesters kannst Du dann Dein Können auf einer der vielen Bühne Berlins zeigen (z.B. dem Admiralspalast oder in den Nordischen Botschaften) und bist mit Deinen MitstudentInnen auch in die Veranstaltungsplanung involviert. Denn Teamwork wird bei uns groß geschrieben, und wir möchten Dir alle Fähigkeiten vermitteln, die Du für Deine Karriere auf den "Brettern, die die Welt bedeuten" gebrauchen kannst.


Durch unsere enge Kooperation mit der ZAV Künstlervermittlung und unsere Aushänge zu Auditions können wir viele unserer aktuellen StudentInnen direkt nach der Ausbildung für Projektarbeiten und Festanstellungen vermitteln. Unsere ehemaligen StudentInnen tanzen inzwischen für Institutionen und Companys wie das Tanztheater Wuppertal, die Deutsche Oper Berlin, die Oper Bonn, das Theater Bern, die Eliot Smith Company, das Siciliano Contemporary Ballet, das Theater Nürnberg und HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Unsere Alumni sind außerdem als Dozenten an anderen Ausbildungsinstitutionen wie Balance One erfolgreich und haben das Berlin Dance Institute mitgegründet.


Werde Teil der "DANCEWORKS-Familie" und entwickele Dich gemeinsam mit anderen StudentInnen aus der ganzen Welt bei diesen Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten weiter:

  • 3-jährige Ausbildung zum Profitänzer mit Schwerpunkt auf zeitgenössischem Tanz
  • 5-monatige Vorausbildung „Tanz als Beruf (TAB)“

TAB (Mo.-Fr. zwei Unterrichtseinheiten ab spätem Nachmittag)

TAB Show (Mo.-Fr. zwei Unterrichtseinheiten täglich ab spätem Nachmittag)

TAB Weekend (jeweils samstags zwei Unterrichtseinheiten ab 13 Uhr, sonntags drei Unterrichtseinheiten ab 10:30 Uhr)



©Olga Kuzminskaya | Philippe Rives | Julian Lück | Giuliana Kolling


Am 31. Januar und 1. Februar 2019

Öffnen wir wieder unsere Studios für 2 Performance-Abende!
Die Tickets sind schnell ausverkauft!











Photo credit slider © Olga Kuzminskaya



Am 6.10. zeigten Studenten unserer Exzellenzklasse in den Nordischen Botschaften in Berlin RED ROOM - A CLAUSTROPHOBIC DANCE DRAMA, Choreographie Sigge Modigh.

Photo credit: Olga Kuzminskaya

Donnerstag, 08.03.2018, 15:30 Uhr


Open Showing "900 Minuten"


Choreographie: Mata Sakka, Dozentin professionelle Berufsausbildung DANCEWORKS berlin, Choreographin & Performerin bei Sasha Waltz & Guests


Tänzer: 1. Klasse der professionellen Berufsausbildung Zeitgenössischer Tanz DANCEWORKS berlin


Musik: Mata Sakka


Ort: DANCEWORKS berlin, Oudenarder Straße 16-20, 2. Etage, 13347 Berlin




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