Jury 2017


Steffi Scherzer

Artistic Director of Zurich Dance Academy, taZ

After training at the State Ballet School Berlin for seven years, Steffi Scherzer joined the German State Opera Berlin, where she was appointed Prima Ballerina in 1984.
Steffi danced the leading parts and title roles of the entire classical and neoclassical repertoire. She won numerous major prizes and awards at both national and international ballet competitions, such as the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna and the Individual Excellent Performance Price in Osaka as well as two first prices at National Competitions.
She received many acclaimed performing arts and critics’ awards for her outstanding performances and interpretations, among others in “Swan Lake” and “Giselle”.
Steffi made guest appearances around the world, and worked with many of the most renowned choreographers such as Rudolf Nurejev, Patrice Bart, Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit, Uwe Scholz, Laszlo Seregi, Youri Vamos and Tom Schilling.
She is an honorary member of the German State Opera Berlin and one of Germany’s most outstanding classical dancers.
Since 2004 she has been working in leading positions at Zurich Dance Academy, the professional Ballet School of Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland.
She also acts very successfully as teacher for Classical Dance, Pointe Work and Classical Repertoire at Zurich Dance Academy. Mrs Scherzer’s students achieved top places and won many prizes at national and international competitions.

Amanda Bennett

Director Ballettschule Theater Basel

Born: Texas, USA. Dance education: School of American Ballet, New York. Engagements: Ballet du Grand Théater de Genéve, Director Patricia Neary and Artistic Director George Balanchine; 1978 – 1989 Principal Dancer Basler Ballett, Director Heinz Sporeli; 1989 – 1990 Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Bennett has worked as guest teacher, ballet mistress and choreographic assistant for, among others: The Feld Ballet N.Y., Ballet du Grand Theater de Genéve, Luzerner Ballett, Bern Ballett and Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly. She has been on the jury of many international competitions including The McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge, Sydney Australia (2007) and the Prix de Lausanne (2009). She is an accredited teacher of the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. In 2012 she assumed the Artistic Directorship of the Prix de Lausanne. Ms. Bennett has been the director of the Ballettschule Theater Basel and teacher for Ballett Basel since 2001. She was instrumental in bringing the EFZ to Basel. In June 2015 she received the Heinz Spoerli Foundation Prize for her outstanding achievement as director of the Ballettschule Theater Basel.

Gregor Seyffert

Artistic Director State Ballet School Berlin

After completing his studies at the State Ballet School of Berlin in 1987, Gregor Seyffert was immediately engaged as a soloist at the dance theater of the Komische Oper Berlin.
He danced 13 years there since 1991 as first soloist, the main roles of great classical and contemporary works.
Numerous international prizes and awards, including the gold medal at the Grand Prix de Lausanne in 1986, the first prize as the best partner in the International Ballet Competition Jackson/USA in 1994, the First Prize at the International Competition Varna/Bulgaria in 1994 or the German Critics’ Prize 2002-Dance he earned by absolute technical perfection as well as its unique design of character roles.
In 1997, won with Gregor Seyffert for the first time a German dancer the coveted believed to be at the Ballet Academy Award PRIX DE LA DANSE BENOIS – protected UNESCO as a World Best Dancer of the Year.
In 1999, Gregor Seyffert the title Berlin Chamber dancer was awarded. In recognition of his exceptional artistic achievements Gregor Seyffert was awarded the German Dance Prize 2003 in March 2003.
In 1996, Gregor Seyffert & Compagnie was founded, which was invited to the service productions On the Marionette Theater and Clown of God as the official culture Germany’s contribution to the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta/USA in the same year.
The successful play Clown of God about the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky was filmed in 2002 in a co-production between the WDR and the ORB.
Since the season 2002/03 directs chamber dancer Gregor Seyffert as Artistic Director of the Department of stage dance at the State Ballet School of Berlin and was established in 2006 as professor of theater dance at the Academy of Dramatic Arts “Ernst Busch” appointed.
Between 2004 and 2009 he directed as Artistic Director of Gregor Seyffert Compagnie Dessau on Anhalt Theatre, the feature-length works “The Little Prince” (2005), “Tango Palace” (2007, co-production with the Kurt Weill Festival), “Peri – A angel between heaven & Earth “(2008),” around the World in 80 Days “(2009) and the cross-over spectacle” Marquis de Sade “ in the power plant Vockerode that as a cultural highlight of Saxony-Anhalt between 2006 and 2009 more than 220 performances experienced.
For the Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen in 2010 he created the dance piece “Son of Man” on the life of Jesus Christ based on texts by Klaus Kinski.
In the summer of 2013 Gregor Seyffert opened in the ARENA Leipzig with the stage spectacle “Wagner_Reloaded – Apocalyptica meets Wagner” the MDR Music Summer, which he in cooperation with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Radio Choir, the Finnish rock band Apocalyptica, the theater Titanick and soloists of the Leipzig Ballet world premiere brought.

(on behalf of Wienna Ballet Academy)

Degree Certificate:
Hungarian Dance Academy-classical ballet dancer 1992
Hungarian Dance Academy-
Professional qualification /MA/ of Dance Teacher -Classical ballet 2013


Work as dancer:
Hungarian National Ballet – Budapest 1991 – 1993
Viener Wolksoper – Wien 1993 – 1996
Astra Roma Ballett, /solo dancer/ – Roma 1997 – 1999
Balletto Di Roma, , /solo dancer/ – Roma 1999 – 2000

Works as teacher:
Centro Culturale Danza – own ballet school – Roma 1996 – 2000
Dance and Fine Arts School in Győr -ballet teacher 2007 – 2011
Dance and Fine Arts School in Győr -ballet teacher, leader of ballet team 2012 – 2016
Staatsoper Balettakademie Wien Austria 2016-
Classica Ballet Schools – own ballet school /Slovakia/
Rév-Komárom, Dunaszerdahely, Nagy Megyer 2008-

Other Works:
TV2 Hungarian commercial television as a riporter 2004
National Theater of Győr – singer 2005 – 2012

La Traviata ballet piece-Italy 1997
Turandot /ballet piece/- Italy 1998
La Nozze di Figaro – Italy 1998
Concerto Tutto Strauss -Italy 1997
La Straniera /ballet piece/ -Italy 1997
The Little Prince – Ballet for children-Hungary 2008
West Side Story –musical-Slovakia 2009
Forest Tale – Ballet for children- Slovakia 2011
A Night in the Museum – Ballet for children -Slovakia 2012
Gulliver – Ballet for children- Slovakia 2013
Pinocchio-Ballet for children-Slovakia 2014, 2016
Cenerentola-balett for children-Slovakia 2016