Curriculum Vitae

Dance training and professional career

1969 - 1972John Cranko School, Stuttgart
1972 - 1974Student performer with Stuttgart Ballet
1974Summer season with Théâtre de Genève, Director Patrica Neary
1974 - 1975Stadttheater Basel, Director/Choreographer Heinz Spoerli
1975 - 1977Royal Ballet van Vlaanderen, Director/Choreographer Jeanne Brabants
Performed works by Jiri Kylian, Maurice Béjart, John Butler
1977 - 1983Soloist, Städtischen Bühnen Münster
Director/Choreographers Gerwin Geisel, Jorge Sansinanea, Dragutin Boldin
1983 - 1984Royal Academy of Dancing, Professional Dancers Teaching Course

Also trained/attended classes in:

Private lessons with Nana Gollner, (of American Ballet Theatre, Ballets Russes)
Raymond Francetti, Opéra de Paris; Joura Loboff
Monte Carlo
Marika Bessobrassova, Princesse Grace Academy of Classical Dance, Monte Carlo
Rosella Hightower, „le gallia“ centre international de danse
New York
Maggie Black
Soulamith Messerer

Teaching experience

1980-81Taught company class while at Städtischen Bühnen Münster
1981-95Ballet teacher at Rebel Dance School, Münster. Also taught independently in towns around Münster. Regular ballet workshops in Münster as well as Agen, Falaise, Florence and Barcelona
1984Occasional guest teacher for Anya Evans at Dance Works, London
1984Guest teacher for summer course, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Portugal, Director Armando Jorge
1997Guest Teacher for the Dance Company of Gregor Zöllig (Dance director of Theatre Bielefeld)
2001-10Training for professional dancers engaged in my productions
2010Guest Teacher for the Company Neuer Tanz Düsseldorf
2011Guest Teacher for the Company Mainfranken Theater Würzburg
2011Guest Teacher Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance summer school, Monte Carlo
1995Opened own school - Dance Academy Claudine Merkel, Münster, Germany

Students’ examinations:
Bühnenreifeprüfung (German equivalent of Advanced RAD®) 2 students passed
RAD® examinations:
Children’s Grades: 246 students passed
                                    25 gained honours, many highly commended/distinction
Vocational/Major examinations: 15 students passed
RAD® Teaching Certification - 2 teachers passed with Distinction

Students have auditioned successfully for the following schools:
Maurice Béjart, Brüssel
John Neumeier, Hamburg
National School, Amsterdam
Heinz Bosel Stiftung, München
Hochschule der Künste, Berlin

Professional productions / guest choreographies:

1993 Les Jeux Méditerranéens Assistant to the director, Bob Adrizza, for the Opening of the Mediterranean Games in Nîmes
2001Dagda Dance theater with live classical and modern music and improvisation, singer, acrobat, dancers Funded by: Kulturamt Münster; Kulturministerium Westfalen, Volksbank and other private sponsors
2002Women’s Volleyball World Championship, Münster - Choreography for the opening ceremony (for 100 children)
2004Tuatha – Dance theatre in Münster „All-Weathers“ Zoo Music composed by Burkhard Fincke
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster; Münster Zoo; Münstersche Zeitung; Spardabank; Fonds Darstellende Kunste eV; Aktion Münsterland; COMPO GmbH & Co Kg; and private sponsors
2010 Parade - Dance Performance Commissioned for 10-year anniversary of the Picasso Museum, Münster
Funded by: Sparkasse Münsterland Ost

dance events Productions

In 1987, I formed a dance group and choreographed the following works (all complete evenings), with sponsorship from the Kulturamt Münster, the Kulturministerium for Westfalen, and also from private sponsors:

1988Vangelis/ Piazzolla Ballet performance
Funded by: Kulturamt Ibbenbüren, Westfalen
Funded by: Kulturamt Ibbenburen
1991Les Images de l´Univers
Contemporary ballet, using Laserlight provided by Gérard Schallier, Paris Music specially composed by Raduan Khalil
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster; Kulturministerium Westfalen
Les Sylphides/ Gaité Parisienne
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster
1993Ballet Blanc et Noir
Les Sylphides/ Paquita
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster and private sponsors
1993Gestern, Heute und Morgen (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
Dance theater. History of Münster for Münster’s 1200 year Jubilee
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster and private sponsors
1995La Cucaracha
New Year’s Revue with dance, song, film
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster and private sponsors
1998Sophie´s Odyssee
- full-length dance evening, with professional guest dancers
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster, Kulturministerium Westfalen and private sponsors

School Performances

1986Wilde Schwäne (Wild Swans) - full length fairy-tale
Funded by Culture Department, Ibbenburen, Westfalen
1987Jorinde und Joringel - full-length fairy-tale
Funded by Culture Department, Ibbenburen, Westfalen
1988Verzauberte Bilder
1989Vier Jahreszeiten
Funded by Culture Department, Münster, Westfalen
1998Sophie´s Odyssee
- full-length dance evening, with professional guest dancers
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster, Kulturministerium Westfalen and private sponsors
2001Karneval der Tiere - Collaboration with Student Orchestra, Ibbenbüren
Funded by Culture Department, Ibbenbüren, Westfalen
2005It’s Showtime
Dance, singing etc with children and professional performers
Funded by: Kulturamt Münster
With professional guests
With professional guests
2011Zirkus Zauberhaft
Dance, music and singing project for children and adults
With professional guests