Rosenthal Ballett the special ballet school in Dusseldorf and Meerbusch

Lia Rosenthal studied stage dance and dance therapy and has been working as a dance teacher since 2006. In 2012 she joined the renowned ballet school “Gemmas Ballett” of Gemma and Thomas Terlau in Büderich as a teacher. When the two founders decided in 2015 to focus more on their family and private lives, Lia Rosenthal took over as the successor. The ballet school, renamed “Rosenthal Ballett” and known far beyond the borders of Meerbusch and Dusseldorf, is now one of the largest and most renowned schools for ballet and dance with around 500 pupils. Just as international as the experienced team of teachers at the Rosenthal School in Meerbusch and at the new location in Dusseldorf Carlstadt are the students who come from every age group and every country in the world. The Rosenthal School offers everything from ballet and many other dance courses for children, young people and, of course, adults to advanced courses for the semi-professional.

Our methodically excellently trained teachers teach according to the Russian Waganowa system, which stands for a particularly clean, systematic and logical structure of dance technique, in which the quality of movement and the sense for dancing are intensively trained.

Ballet lessons according to the Waganowa method

The Russian ballet dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879 – 1951) was trained at the Imperial Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and danced for almost 20 years at the famous Marijinsky Theatre (later Kirov Theatre). As a ballet teacher she wrote the book “Grundlagen des Klassischen Tanzes” in 1948, in which she explained and described the teaching method she had developed – the Waganowa system named after her. It is still the official pedagogical guide of the Vaganova Ballet Academy St. Petersburg and in all state-approved teaching institutions for classical dance in Germany. In the Waganowa system, ballet teachers are of special importance, as the success of every dancer ultimately depends on their performance. The main focus is on the type and duration of the lessons as well as the pedagogical approach. Based on the Vaganova method, our teachers attach great importance to the correct posture and use of arms and shoulders. Individually tailored training units for strengthening, especially of the back, endurance and mobility enable a holistic training for body and mind.

Advanced courses and advanced training - we promote young dancers

It is particularly important to us to teach children not only a great passion for ballet but also other essential qualities such as discipline, musicality, flexibility and strength, to name just a few. We want to emphasize their potential as much as possible and encourage them intensively. In the performance courses of the Rosenthal Ballet, the training workload primarily includes classical ballet. In addition, there is top training, artistic gymnastics, repertoire, stretching and strength training as well as jazz dance. The main aim of the pre-training is to prepare students for the entrance examinations at state ballet and dance academies in Europe.

Our semi-professionals receive all kinds of support. This includes, for example, help with the selection of the university – of course we involve the parents in all decisions. In case of injuries we have a network of various medical specialists at our disposal. We are a member of TaMed, an association of doctors, therapists and other specialists who are specialised in the treatment of dancers.

For the performance courses we take many chances to participate in public performances. Because the more stage experience the students gain, the more sovereignty and professionalism they develop every time.


In addition, we recommend that students attend open days at state ballet colleges and thus gain valuable experience.