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This is BallettStadt

as the owner of the school Wayan manages administration and finance, leaving the teachers free to fully concentrate on class. 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.




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 BallettStadt in August 2014.

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.

Rachel Lawrence

Rachel Lawrence studierte in Glasgow und schloss mit dem Bachelor of Arts in Professional Dance and Performance ab. Es folgte eine Tournee mit dem Ballet Central durch England, Schottland und Wales. 

Nach einem Engagement beim Ballet Junior de Genève, war Rachel Lawrence 2009 - 2017 Mitglied des Luzerner Theaters und zeigte ihre enorme Vielseitigkeit in vielen verschiedenen Solopartien.

Bereits während Ihrer Tätigkeit am Luzerner Theater begann Rachel an verschiedenen Schulen in Luzern Ballett und Modern Dance zu unterrichten. Seit August 2017 ist Rachel ein fester Bestandteil des BallettStadt Lehrerteams.

Salome Martins

Salome Martins absolvierte ihre Tanzausbildung an der Contemporary Dance Academy in Setubal und tanzte bei CeDeCe in Portugal, beim Ballett Braunschweig, Ballett Theater München, Staatstheaters Darmstadt sowie dem Ballet National de Marseille.

Ein Engagement des Luzerner Theaters holte sie 2009 in die Schweiz. Von 2009 bis 2017 war Salome beim Luzerner Theater in verschiedenen Solo Rollen zu sehen.

2010 begann Salome beim Dance Art Studio und der Musical Factory zu unterrichten. Seit Februar 2018 unterrichtet sie bei der BallettStadt.

Anouk Johann-Kaulitz

Anouk Johann-Kaulitz, Mutter von zwei Mädchen, ist eine erfahrene Tanzlehrerin und Primarschullehrerin mit Zusatzausbildungen in Integrativer Förderung sowie Rhythmik und Bewegung.

Anouk schloss die Examen der Royal Academy of Dance in London ab und absolvierte Weiterbildungen in unterschiedlichen Tanzstilen.

Anouk ist zuständig für Kindertanz sowie den Fusion Dance. 

Zachary Enquist

Zachary Enquist schloss mit einer BFA in Dance am SUNY Purchase College in New York  ab. Zach bildete sich weiter an der Juilliard School in New York sowie am Movement Invention Project und Springboard Danse in Montréal. Nach einem Semester am Codarts Rotterdam und einem Praktikum bei der Mark Morris Dance Group wurde er Mitglied von Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago.

Zach tanzt seit Spielzeit 2016 ⁄ 17 am Luzerner Theater und unterrichtet parallel Modern Dance und Boys Ballet.


Diese Räume werden bereits seit 100 Jahren für den Tanz verwendet. Der Trainingssaal ist mit einem Parkettschwingboden ausgestattet, der die Gelenke schont. 

Die Räumlichkeiten werdenausserhalb der Lektionen auch stundenweise vermietet. Bei Interesse melden Sie sich bitte bei Wayan Buholzer.


Die zwei modernen Studios 110m2 (Neustadt 1) und 90m2 (Neustadt 2)

sind mit Schwingboden und Tanzteppich ausgestattet. 


Die Räumlichkeiten werdenausserhalb der Lektionen auch stundenweise vermietet. Bei Interesse melden Sie sich bitte bei Wayan Buholzer.

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. www.alexander-technik-luzern.ch

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.





5. Mai 2018


Ariane Udvardi kreiert als ihre Maturaarbeit zwei Choreografien: „black“ und „“white“. Die zwei Choreografien handeln von zwei tiefen, sehr unterschiedlichen Emotionen und bilden den Anfang und den Abschluss der Aufführung.

BallettStadt knüpft mit 30 Tänzerinnen im Alter von 5 bis 20 Jahren an diese Arbeit an und entwickelte daraus GIFTS. 

GIFTS handelt von Geschenken, unbezahlbaren Geschenken, welche, wenn wir sie annehmen, unser Leben verändern.

Es geht um Ruhe, Unbeschwertheit, Weisheit, eine neue Sicht der Dinge - und Leichtigkeit. 


Sunday, 18th September 2016 | KKL Luzern, White Hall | 7pm

On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, the Central Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra (ZJSO) extended its invitation to the White Hall of the KKL Luzern. With the project "DANZA", this innovative youth orchestra redefined the term "cross-over". ZJSO fused the genres choral music, violin concert, dance choreography and orchestral music, producing a unique concert evening in the heart of Lucerne's cultural scene and creating passion pure! Visitors could experience an exceptional concert with an unprecedented production in the White Hall. Fulminant orchestral works were merged with dance choreography and lighting arrangements. Together with violinist Noëlle Grüebler, BallettStadt and first solo dancers, interpreted pieces for violin & orchestra. 

BallettStadt@Open Air Cinema Lucerne

On Sunday, August 21st, 2016 BallettStadt visited the open air cinema Lucerne. At a beautiful late summer night guest enjoyed a Laurent Perrier Champagne Apéro and before the screening of the film “Rhythm is it!” BallettStadt presented its own choreography to Ravel's Boléro.

The film “Rhythm is it!” centers on the Berlin Philharmonic and its conductor Sir Simon Rattle as well as on 250 children and adolescents from 25 nations. Under the direction of the choreographer and dance teacher Royston Maldoom they rehearse the performance of Igor Stravinsky's ballet “Le sacre du printemps.”


Ballet performance "Four Seasons"

Choreography, idea and concept: Wayan Buholzer, Kusha Alexi and Rachel Lawrence.


Over 60 students of the BallettStadt danced on Sunday, March 20, 2016 on stage to Antonio Vilvaldis "Four Seasons".


The focus of the performance were the ballet students and their attending families and friends. However, there were also professional highlights: guest soloist Amilcar Moret Gonzalez – known also as the first soloist in the role of Othello at the Hamburg Ballet – especially flew in from Rom for his solo performance. Kusha Alexi – who leads most of the ballet classes at the BallettStadt - performed her new piece "Letting Go".

The guests enjoyed the offered Laurent Perrier champagne and fine appetizers before the show; then allowed themselves to be dazzled by the 5 to 60 year old dancers and chatted away during the intermission and after the performance.

The 400 seats of the 3pm performance were sold out, whilst attendance was very high for the 6pm show. Thanks to the financial support of the Ida and Albert Flersheim Foundation, several sponsors and many helpers the ticket costs could be set at CHF 38 (children CHF 18). This greatly helped not to financially overburden the ballet school, who among other things bared the expenses of the costumes as well as offered the additional trainings at no cost.

Wayan Buholzer is pleased to continue the tradition of a student performance every two years and looks forward to the ballet performance of BallettStadt in spring 2018.