Museggstrasse 12b
6004 Luzern
Telefon 076 442 76 44

Wayan & Kusha

Wayan Buholzer

A mother of two children, Wayan began her dance education at the age of 5 at this exact studio. Later she trained daily with Martine Giaconi, the founder of the school, newly renamed BallettStadt. At the age of 12 she moved to Munich to study ballet at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung where she was supported by a scholarship from Migros Kulturprozent. Wayan graduated as a ballet dancer at the age of 17 with a diploma from the University of Applied Science in Munich. She danced for 3 years at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein opera house in Düsseldorf under the direction of Youri Vamos. Back in Switzerland, she studied to become a dance instructor and began teaching ballet and modern dance. In 2006 she received her bachelor’s degree in Dance Education. 

Wayan began teaching in 2004 at Dance Art Studio in Lucerne and since then she has been teaching classical and modern ballet to all levels and ages. She has also held various workshops around Switzerland. 

Wayan became the owner of Ballet School Giaconi in August 2014 and marked this new beginning by renaming the school ‘BallettStadt’.

Kusha Alexi

By achieving the status of ‘Prima Ballerina’, Kusha has lived the dream of many girls. She began her ballet training at the age of 5 and at 13 she entered the SBBS (Schweizerishe Ballettberufsschule) in Zürich. During that time she trained with Martine Giaconi at weekends. At the age of 15 she continued her ballet education at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich thanks to a scholarship. 

She was awarded the Prix de Lausanne in 1993 for being the best ballet dancer in Switzerland. In 1994 Kusha received the silver medal at both the Eurovision in Stockholm and the International Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. 

With a degree in Ballet Dancing, she began her career at the Bavarian state opera in Munich under the direction of Konstanze Vernon just before turning 18. Two years later she obtained a contract as a soloist and soon after as a first soloist. After Munich, the opera houses of Monte Carlo, Zürich, Basel, Hamburg and Gelsenkirchen followed. Kusha danced the leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote and many others. Kusha was also invited to participate in many dance galas around the globe. 

Kusha is the mother of one daughter and along with her own dance commitments has been teaching ballet since 2009.

This is BallettStadt

Two sisters who complement each other; 

as the owner of the school Wayan manages administration and finance, leaving Kusha free to fully concentrate on teaching. BallettStadt offers professional, carefully thought out classes that are level and age appropriate. We treat the students as individuals, structuring our classes in accordance to their capabilities. This enables our students to reach their full potential. 

Our focus lies not simply on the end result of performing steps and dances correctly, but also on how this is achieved. Our main objective is to increase body consciousness and give quality to the movement.

Story of the school

Martine Giaconi opened her ballet school in 1988 and discipline, quality and personal commitment have been in the foreground ever since. Both Kusha Alexi and Wayan Buholzer are former students of Giaconi and both cite her as being a significant contributor to their ballet education. The two sisters were at the top of the list when Giaconi began considering successors to lead her school and the two sisters have been running BallettStadt since August 2014. 

Martine Giaconi continues her work as an Alexander Technique instructor.

Since 1917, dance has been an integral part of the premises at Musseggstr. 12B. Before Martine Giaconi, Dietrich Böttcher taught ballet and rhythm in the hall.

Our premises have been used for dance classes for more than 100 years. 

The studio is equipped with parquet sprung flooring, making it easy on the joints.

The studio can also be rented out on an hourly basis. 

Please contact Wayan Buholzer for further information.