Our team


Sabine Hofmann - Director

 - A graduate of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication

 - Member of the Swiss Association of Dance Professionals - Danse Suisse -

 

A life dedicated to ballet

 

I started ballet at the age of four years with my mother. I left very early the south of France to become a little rat of the Opera of Paris and then became a student of The National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris ... a more demanding standard of training. 

 

At eighteen, I signed my first contract with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. I spent three years in Belgium. The ten most exciting years of my career began when I was hired by Heinz Spoerli at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf. I worked on ballets from the biggest international choreographers Maurice Béjart, Nils Christie, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe,  Jiří Kylián, Rudolf Nureyev, Twyla Tharp, Hans Van Manen, Mats Ek. A real privilege!

 

In 1996, Heinz Spoerli asked me to follow him to the Zurich Opera House, where he was appointed director. I stayed with him until 2004. Here are a few shows that I remember with more emotion:

 

 - The Goldberg Variations by JS Bach at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

 - Romeo and Juliet in Tokyo with Tetsuya Kumakawa, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London

 - The inauguration of the Tate Museum in London

 - The performance of the Goldberg Variations of JS Bach in Zurich September 11, 2001 ...

 - Not to mention the famous new years ball in Vienna!

 

Dance is a school of life

 

I opened the Maxyna dance school in 2006 in Zurich in order to share my passion for movement with students of all ages, from beginners to advanced. 

 

A little confidence? Before the show that I organize at the end of each school year, I am especially nervous just as when I was on stage myself!

 

I have two boys. Luca, born in 2000, and Maxim, born in 2003. I therefore fully understand the expectations of children and adolescents ... and as well as those of their parents. 

 

I teach in French, German and English.

 



Our guest teachers

Francois Petit

Royal Ballet of Flanders, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Zürich Opera


Karine Seneca

Basel Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Zürich Opera, Boston Ballet, Hannover Theater


Maria-Pilar Nevado

Zürich Opera


Yannick Sempey

Basel Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Zürich Opera, Dresden Opera, Nice Opera


Chantal Claret

Marseille Opera, Bern Ballet