The city of Basel stands for an outstanding ballet company whose reputation extends far beyond the national borders. World-renowned choreographers have made the Ballet Theater Basel an internationally renowned institution.

The Ballettschule Theater Basel is part of this success story. Since its foundation in 2001, it prepares up to 50 dancers a year for the big stages of the ballet world and offers over 300 children and young people a technical education in ballet and modern dance.

Professional training will continue until the end of the 2022/23 school year, but further auditions will not be held due to the closure of the professional school.


BTB at the Prix de Lausanne 2023

Congratulations to Fabrizzio Ulloa Cornejo (16) for winning the 1st prize for Best Swiss Candidate and to Alecsia Lazarescu (15) for receiving a scholarship from Bourse Jeune Espoir! Discover more from the Prix de Lausanne.

Press releases:

Prix de Lausanne
Prix de Lausanne – TV/ Radio
22 finalists for the Prix de Lausanne competition streaming live today
Prix de Lausanne 2023 winners announced
Mexican 16 year-old wins first place at Prix de Lausanne ballet competition
Congratulations to the 2023 Prix de Lausanne Winners!
Pour son jubilé, le concours s’offre deux premiers prix
Prix de Lausanne 2023: le jury a distingué onze jeunes danseurs
Le ballet pointe vers le futur
Deux premiers prix pour une édition anniversaire
Prix de Lausanne – die Gewinner
Höchstes Niveau, schwierige Wahl
ZDF – Prix de Lausanne 2023
Desea brillar regio en Lausanne
Bailarín mexicano Fabrizzio Ulloa Cornejo gana el Prix de Lausanne en Suiza
El bailarín mexicano Fabrizzio Ulloa Cornejo gana el primer lugar en el Prix de Lausanne 2023

Klein Heidi

We are looking forward to the next event, where BTB students will interpret the Swiss children’s classic “Little Heidi” by Richard Wherlock… read more
08 February – 10:00 am – Premiere
09 February – 10:00 a.m.
29 March – 10:00 a.m.
30 March – 10:00 a.m.
20 April – 10:00 a.m.
21 April – 10:00 am – Derniere
Secure your tickets now. We look forward to seeing you!

Ballett class TK IV & V March 2021

An insight into the daily work of the Ballettschule Theater Basel (BTB).

The video features students between the ages of 15 and 18 who are in their final 2 years of training. They represent seven different countries and spend about 25 hours a week in the studio. At the end of the course students are awarded a Swiss Federally recognized diploma in professional dance.

BTB Full Documentary

Short documentary about the Ballettschule Theater Basel filmed during the season 2016-2017, inner view of the process that our students live day by day at the school, with testimonies from teachers, students, Amanda Bennett and Richard Wherlock.


Press release Investigation

the independent investigation regarding the allegations made in the newspapers NZZ am Sonntag & Bajour is closed. All information and explanations can be found in the press release. Read more

BTB live in The English Show

To celebrate the success of the students at the Prix de Lausanne, the BTB was again live on the radio at The English Show! Listen in

Statement: Open letter February 2023

After several accusations against the Ballet School Theater Basel, but also a successful start into the year 2023 with the Prix de Lausanne, now the parents express themselves on the topic…
an open letter

Press releases

Media release on the closure of the BTB Professional School. Read more

Media release on the accusations made against BTB in NZZ am Sonntag & Bajour. Read more

Save the BTB students

Our students are preparing for the next season, which is coming up after the Professional School closes. Support them in their auditions and travels to new ballet schools with a simple contribution on our Gofundme page.

In addition, you can also use it to support our final Summer Gala in June 2023. We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the BTB students

BTB: A home for dance

Ballet director Richard Wherlock is ending his engagement at Theater Basel after more than 20 years. He then intends to step up his commitment to young talent and ensure that the Theater Basel Ballet School has sufficient resources to offer ideal training conditions.

» Interview with Richard Wherlock in «the philanthropist»

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Soon it will be time again! On 29 and 30 March you will once again have the opportunity to see the students of the BTB live in Klein Heidi in the Foyer Public of the Theatere Basel. Get your tickets now! We look forward to seeing you!---Bald ist es wieder soweit! Am 29. und 30. März haben Sie die Möglichkeit wieder die Schüler:innen der BTB live in Klein Heidi im Foyer Public des Theater Basel zu sehen. Sichern Sie sich die letzten Plätze! Wir freuen uns auf Sie!#btb #btb_students #theaterbasel #foyerpublic@richardwherlock @jorge.garcia.perez @theaterbasel ... See MoreSee Less
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