School and Academic Year 2021/22

Dear All,

The current situation is Saxony has reached a new critical level and with immediate effect these are the new measures in place (i.a.in accordance with the new Corona Protection Emergency Ordinance for Saxony):

• All on-campus activities are to be reduced to the absolute minimum.
• Obligatory working from homw for all administrative staff. On-campus activities are only allowed if crucial for maintaining operation of the University.
• Palucca Tanz Studio performances on 26th & 27th November 2021 are cancelled.
• All rehearsals planned for this week for "Hansel & Gretel" and "The Nutcracker" are cancelled. All "Hansel & Gretel" and "The Nutcracker" performances at the Semperoper Dresden until and including 12th December 2021 are cancelled.
• The Gym and Quiet Room are no longer to be used.
• The existing hygiene concept remains unchanged, with a strict use of masks in all buildings, common areas, dressing rooms. As an exception in dance classes students can dance mask-free under the decision of the teacher when the "2G" rules apply to the specific group AND when sufficient distance is maintained.
• Without "2G" proof the following testing is mandatory:
• students of the secondary school: 3 times a week
• students and University staff: daily

Apart from that, everybody has got the option to do a daily test.

The “obligatory school presence” for the secondary school has been suspended at this time, so any parents or legal guardians who wish to keep their child/charge at home, is allowed. Please inform us with the completed absence form.

As of now, pls. send all information regarding infections/quarantine etc. directly to krisenstab(at)palucca.eu or inform us by phone at +49 (0)351- 25906-10.

It is more necessary than ever to be extremely vigilant and do all possible to avoid us having to cancel all on-Campus activities at this time. Pls. remember that you may only the enter the Campus if you are free of any symptoms and signs of illness.

We thank you all for your co-operation and understanding in this critical situation.

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you all well and everyone has enjoyed their Fall Break.

During the Break, it was also a very active time with a full on-Campus block of activities for our MAC, MADT, BA Dance 3 Students and Semperoper Apprentices. Great to welcome also guests from the Tanztheater Pina Bausch (Julie Stanzak and Héléna Pikon), Margaret Tracey (Balanchine Workshop) and Tamas Moricz for Forsythe Improvisation alongside many of our permanent Faculty and Guests.
We are now back and in full swing with the preparations for our upcoming Palucca Tanz Studio (PTS), Hansel and Gretel and Nutcracker performances. With so many projects on the go, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant and responsible. The number of infections is rising every day, meanwhile we are witnessing the “4th Corona wave”. In addition, the fall and winter months often bring colds and the flu.

Unfortunately, it is therefore still necessary that all measures/regulations as to infection control have to be consistently implemented and followed. To keep classes and rehearsals going and to successfully run our projects as planned it is upon every one of us to show the necessary responsibility and work for the common goal.

Pls. note and comply with the following:
Obligation to wear masks on Campus, in all buildings (exemptions: specific class/studio situations, residential areas Palucca Dormitory, single workplaces, Cafeteria)
Distances have to be observed wherever possible at all times.

Campus-access – here the 3G rule continues to apply. Promoting additional self-tests is of great importance to us. In the meantime, findings have shown that increasingly also fully vaccinated and/or recovered persons may (not knowingly) transmit the virus. Therefore, we especially call also on fully vaccinated and/or recovered people/staff working in fields and areas with close and frequent contact at the university to do regular self-tests. Test kits are available at the reception.

Pls. pay attention at all times that you are free of any symptoms - only then access to the Campus will be granted. And one note regarding the Cafeteria: The situation is difficult as capacities are limited. We regret that meetings, extended stays/breaks etc. in the Cafeteria are not possible. Everyone has to wear a mask in the Cafeteria as well, only meals per se are the exception.

In order to further minimize the risks Campus-access for guests will be limited to the absolute necessary minimum: Access will only be granted for necessary business and maintaining operation of the university. A specific hygiene concept for the PTS performances will be in place.

A 2G hygiene concept for the use of both the Fitness Room and Quiet Room for all BA/MA students is now in place as well. An individual usage is permitted by a non-vaccinated/not fully vaccinated or recovered person. The use of both rooms is under strict compliance with the Hygiene Concept of our Health Team at all times. We hope this will be of benefit for all BA/MA students in the coming weeks.

For details pls. see our updated Protection and Safety Rules that will be published soon.

Toi Toi Toi to all involved in Palucca Tanz Studio, Hansel and Gretel and Nutcracker and stay healthy and safe!

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

we hope this finds you all well and settled in the new Semester. Great to see continued performances with the Installation of our MAC Students in the Hauptstrasse and “Building Bridges” in honour of Henry Arnhold with the BA Dance III this past weekend. Rehearsals for our Palucca Tanz Studio, Nutcracker and Hansel and Gretel are underway and super to see so many activities taking place.

In the meantime, we have received the new Corona rules and have seen all we have to adapt and are allowed to do now on-Campus up to October 20, 2021.

For everybody accessing the Campus, the "3G rule" ("tested, vaccined or recovered") applies and wearing a mask is obligatory in all Campus buildings. Also, the twice weekly obligatory testing for all non-fully vaccinated / recovered people continues.

Masks are obligatory in all academic, theory and dance classes. However, the new rules allow us a more relaxed handling as to the obligation to wear masks and to keep distance: When every student in the class, namely the whole class, has got the status of fully vaccinated or recovered – this applies solely to fixed classes/groups e.g., the BA Dance Programme, Master ("2G rule" - "vaccined or recovered"), there is no obligation to wear masks, contact is allowed between the students and the minimum distance doesn’t need to be maintained, and further the full room/studio capacities are available. For dance classes and rehearsals, at times when more than one class is in the studio e.g. for a specific activity (for example some rehearsals for Nutcracker) or when one student of the class is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered, all people present in the studio must wear masks. As before, the respective teacher still has the right to allow the students to follow the class/ rehearsal partially without wearing their masks when the specific situation allows this and the conditions as explained in the Hygiene Concept are met (social distance/room capacity).

Please see attached listing of the due to the Corona pandemic limited studio/room capacities for information: The full studio /room capacities are available and apply for:
1. fixed classes/groups (e.g. BA Dance Programme, Master) when 2G Rule applies
2. the classes O1 to N4 (extra regulations for Secondary School/Oberschule)

Please be aware of the fact that wearing masks DOES NOT RESULT in an increase of the respective studio/room capacity.

In the Cafeteria, there are only two chairs per table now. Classes must stay separate and additional tables have been placed around the Campus. The Cafeteria is to be used as a priority for the students and only for persons who purchase their meal in the cafeteria. As there are moments with several classes having the same time, the seating is already at its capacity.

Despite the relaxing of regulations, we would like to call on you to follow all existing and clearly communicated guidelines and precautions in everyday life and to take on your responsibility for the common goal to keep the Corona virus from spreading as the pandemic is not over yet. Above all, this applies to make sure that there is no mixing of groups/classes. Please see the University’s information on Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules for further details.

These rules will remain in place until 20 October 2021. As of October 21, there will be a new Corona Protection Ordinance for Saxony. As always, we will keep you informed of any changes before then or how it will be following our Fall Break.

Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

WORLD BALLET SCHOOL DAY CELEBRATES NEW GENERATION OF DANCE ARTISTS

Dresden, 17 September 2021 – As one of seven educational institutions of the organising committee of The World Ballet School Day2021, the Palucca University of Dance Dresden is delighted to announce that the second annual World Ballet School Day (WBSD) will be streamed online at www.worldballetschoolday.com on Saturday, 13th November throughout the day. Furthermore, Joshua Hunt, BA dance student at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, is a member of the student committee of the WBSD.

The WBSD connects the next generation of young professional dance artists with young people from around the world. Created by students for students, this event is a platform for young artists in training to share a message of solidarity through the language of dance and ballet.

Students from the seven schools of the organising committee will join together in discussion to provide insights into the world of professional ballet and dance training, introducing segments from each school featuring behind the scenes and performance footage, exploring the following themes:

  1. Adaptability: This topic will share how the dance world must evolve to meet the societal conditions of today and showcases how students and their schools have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Identity: Students will focus on how they see themselves on the stage and identify as artists discovering themselves, as well as showcasing the ideas around celebrating/embracing diversity.
  3. Pathways: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge how students will enter the profession, this topic will share and discuss a variety of ways dancers are becoming professionals. 

This year, the committee extends an invitation for ballet schools to participate in this second edition of WBSD by submitting a short video clip (no more than 20-30 seconds) of dance content that best represents their organisation and connects with the above themes. These submissions will be edited into a celebratory representation of our global dance community. Submissions can be made online at www.worldballetschoolday.com until 8th October 2021.

Besides the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, the seven educational institutions in the WBSD 2021 organising committee include The Ailey School, Boston Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, English National Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance and the Prix de Lausanne. The idea was originally conceived by Viviana Durante from the English National Ballet School.

For more information, please contact press(at)palucca.de or World Ballet School Day on info(at)worldballetschoolday.com.

Note to editors:

The WBSD will be available online for catch-up for one month.

Dear All,

Welcome to the Winter Semester 2021! We hope the summer has gone well for all and everyone is ready to start back refreshed, inspired, with new energy. We also extend also a very warm welcome to the many new people joining our Palucca Family at this time.

With a staggered start back, our MA Choreography Programme has already launched into the new semester with a sold-out performance event in the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau. Congratulations to all! What a great way to start our new semester.

Our MA Dance Teacher students are also, after a long pause, back on campus! Great to see everyone being busy in their classes and also leading and teaching our “Welcome Back” week for many students from the O2 – BA Dance 3 classes.

This Sunday, we will open our Dormitory and welcome our new O1 class. Then, progressively by Monday, 13th September, we will have all students back and be fully into our activities.

A full and exciting academic year lies before, with many projects and ideas and we hope the situation of the pandemic will allow us to proceed as planned.

The current and complete Hygiene Rules can be found here. Please read the complete rules that are in place and that you are fully aware of the current situation and we need to do.

For a short resume, we are following the "3G rules" and for the first two weeks: All persons entering the campus who are neither vaccinated or recovered will be required to do 3 self-tests per week, on Monday, Wednesday & Friday of both weeks. The current rules are in place until 22nd September, which is when we will review and adapt the rules as necessary.

Under the current rules, as we have small groups, large studios, classrooms and good ventilation, all teachers have the right to allow the students to dance and follow their academic classes without masks, as long as a distance can be kept. This is under the direct permission and supervision of the teachers. Masks must be worn in the hallways, dressing rooms and all other common areas. We really need to work all together to avoid any mixing of classes to ensure the health and safety and reduce any risks of a group quarantine.

For all BA Dance classes, pas de deux and partnering will begin the week commencing 13th September. As it is impossible to keep a distance of 1,5m between during these classes, the students will need to wear masks. All students who are not vaccinated or recovered are required to do a self-test on the day of the pas de deux and/or partnering class. These rules will remain in place as long as the incidence rate is below 35.

The Gym: Individual use is allowed and the key can be collected from the reception. The priority for using the Gym lies with with our Health Team, e.g., for rehabilitation, which is always done under the supervision of our Health Team.

The administration continues to work partially from home. The working time regulations of 5 July 2021 remain applicable until further notice.

We thank you all, once again, for your understanding and support during the past 18 months and look forward to working together with all of you during the new academic year in ensuring the best possible health and security for all as well as finding creative solutions for all our projects.

We wish all a great start to the new semester, stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

 

Three positive COVID19 cases have occurred at the secondary school of the Palucca University of Dance. The cases were detected early and are limited to one class. This class is now in quarantine. However, this does not affect or restrict school, university, dormitory and event operations. We wish those affected a speedy recovery!

 

School and Academic Year 2020/21

It is with great pleasure that we present the online dance film "SYMBIOSIS" by and with this year's graduates of the BA Dance at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden. The film (approx. 100 min) was produced on our “Palucca Sommerbühne” and is available on our VideoCampus Sachsen-Kanal until 20th August 2021.

Dear All,

Congratulations to all on four beautiful sold-out Soirée performances on our Summer Stage! After such a challenging year it was such a pleasure to see 130 students reveling in the return to the stage and performing before a public after such a long time. Pure joy to witness and behold. Even the weather co-operated and all 8 performances over the past two months could take place and offer a true highlight to end the Academic Year with.

As we prepare to celebrate the achievements of our Graduating Classes, this year in the N4, BA Dance, MA Dance Teacher, Apprentice Programmes and Artistic Master Class, we wish to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your unending support, understanding and engagement during this past year. A true testament for everyone’s belief and courage and team work.

Also, on Friday, 23rd July 2021 at 12 noon, the dance film “Symbiosis” with the BA Dance Works (Thesis) of our Graduating BA Dance class will have its online premiere. This will be online, free-of charge, to view over the Summer for a four-week period and available to view under the following link: Symbiosis / Medien / VCS (sachsen.de). We are very much looking forward to discovering their works and hope you enjoy viewing them as well!

Next week, the team for this year’s Sylt project (Hiddensee had to be cancelled because of the Pandemic), will be heading North for what we hope will be an inspiring week of classes and performances under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Jenny Coogan.

During the coming four weeks (26th July – 20th August) with no on-campus activities, there will be no obligatory testing for any on-campus employees and voluntary self-tests are available, one per week. During this time, masks don’t need to be worn either as long as the 1.5 m distance is maintained and rooms are ventilated regularly.

Employees who have been absent from the campus for five days or more (vacation, mobile work etc.) are obliged to present a test not older than 24 hrs or test themselves upon their return, if they are not fully vaccinated (+ 14 days) or recovered from COVID-19 (28 days – 6 months after positive PCR-test).

The 2021/2022 Academic year will begin with the Apprentice Programme at the Semperoper on 25th August and the MA Dance Teacher on-campus phased as of 23rd August. We will be having a Crisis Management Team meeting in the week of 16th August to ensure we have adapted our Hygiene Concept to the conditions of the time and will inform all by our next newsletter then. For all students returning to campus, or entering Germany, please inform yourself of the exact entry conditions at the time and make sure to take all necessary precautions.

There will be a voluntary “Welcome Back” Workshop for the coming O2 – N4, BA Dance 2 & 3 students to starting on Monday, 30th August. Former N4 students who are continuing in BAT 1 can also take part. The “Welcome Back” will start on Monday, 6th September for all “new to Palucca students” of BA Dance 1 and then normal classes including dance classes start for O1 – N4 on Monday, September 6th and for BAT 1, BAT 2 & BAT 3 on Monday, 13th September.

The Palucca Dormitory will open on Sunday, 5th September. If a student needs to quarantine, we are unable to open the Dormitory earlier than this, so please check the rules and your vaccination status and be in touch with the Dormitory to ensure all is well coordinated for your arrival. If a Quarantine needs to be done upon arrival, this can be arranged with our Dormitory, but starting only from Sunday, 5th September.

For the PUCK Children’s Dance Classes and the Evening Classes for Adults, the decision can only be made in early September as to when the classes will be allowed to resume based upon the situation of the Pandemic. We thank you here for your understanding.

Finally – we are in process of creating a hardcover 24-page photo book, documenting the entire Summer Stage. With photos of all classes, covering both the on-stage classes, performance and rehearsals of our Soirée, “A Shared Vision” Gala and the Semperoper Ballet, we hope this will provide all of us and our families a great chance to experience once again all the excitement of the past two months and to share this with many Families and loved ones who were unable to travel to Dresden and share in this on-campus. Working with the photographer Ida Zenna, the book will be available in September for an online purchase and information will follow at the beginning of the new semester.

For all of those who are graduating and/or leaving – please sign up to join our Palucca Alumni Network! We really hope to keep in touch with you and follow your journey! Plans are already being developed for our 100 Year Jubilee in 2025 and we would love to welcome as many back as possible and there are many on-going alumni events in the works too.

On this note, we would once again like to thank all for your incredible support over this challenging year and wish everyone a safe and healthy Summer break and very much look forward to returning with new energy and inspiration for the coming 2021/2022 year!

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

100% EMPLOYMENT GRADUATING CLASS BA DANCE

Dresden, 14 July 2021 - The Palucca University of Dance Dresden is pleased to announce that all of this year’s graduates of its BA Dance Programme have received a job offer and will shortly start their careers as professional dancers.

The BA Dance graduates will go to the following companies: 2 x Ballett Chemnitz (Germany), 3 x Semperoper Ballett (Germany), 2 x Ballett Schwerin (Germany), 1 x Ballett Pforzheim (Germany), 1 x Ballet National de Marseille (France), 1 x Ballet Preljocaj Junior (Aix-en-Provence, France), 2 x Staatstheater Saarbrücken (Germany), 1 x Sorbisches National-Ensemble (Bautzen, Germany), 3 x Konzert Theater Bern (Switzerland), 1 x Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (Frankfurt/Main, Germany).

Of the 17 BA Dance graduates this summer semester 2021, 11 are women and six are men.

“We are so proud of every individual of our BA Dance graduates that even in this pandemic time they have all found employment. It is a true testament to their hard work, courage and talent and we are so excited to follow them in their next steps in their artistic development as they begin their careers,” says Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden.

Due to the pandemic, the bachelor theses of the BA Dance graduate class could not be performed in front of a live audience in June as usual this year. Instead, the BA Dance graduates produced an online dance film titled "SYMBIOSIS“ on the “Palucca Sommerbühne“ comprising of their individual bachelor works. The film will premiere online on 23 July at 12 noon. It will then be available to view for four weeks on the University’s VideoCampus Sachsen channel (until 20 August 2021).

Photos and interviews on request.

This project is co-financed with tax revenues on the basis of the budget of the Saxon State Parliament.

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and healthy and it was great to see many of you at the inaugural performance of the Semperoper Ballet on our Sommerbühne over the past week. It has also been a great chance with the Lecture Demonstrations for our students to see the Semperoper Ballet up close and at work in both classes and rehearsals too.

With the implementation of the new Corona rules, the self-testing will be reduced to once a week and this will take place every Monday, or on the first day on Campus in the week. Testing will be done in the Palucca Dormitory when resident students return on Sunday if they have been away. As long as the incidence remains under 10 the wearing of a mask remains only in all common areas. In classrooms and studios, the decision to wear a mask or not is the responsibility of the teacher. This is the same as the current situation with distance being kept and no mixing of classes.

For the Administrative Staff, the obligation for mobile work is over and the new rules will follow this week which will take effect as of July 5th. Further details will follow this week directly to the Administrative Staff from our Chancellor.

For the Health Team, as long as the incidence remains under 10, preventative therapeutic handling is now permitted under the current hygiene rules. Please remember, by any signs of illness that could be a symptom of Corona, it is forbidden to enter the Campus, even if you are fully vaccinated.

For our upcoming four performances of our Soirée, the ticket sales have begun! On www.semperoper.de you can purchase tickets for the performances, which are on July 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th, all starting at 19:00. Don’t wait long – as the tickets are selling fast!

For the Graduation Ceremony on the Sommerbühne Friday,July 23rd, each Graduate from N4, BAT 3, MADT 3 and the Apprentice Programme can bring up to 4 family members or friends and they must be registered with their contact information and follow the same rules as the public for the performances. Entry will be through the Tiergartenstraße 80 and no entry into the building is allowed. A proof of a full vaccination will be required or a quick test that is not more than 24 hours old. The email to register will follow shortly from the Class Leaders for all graduating students. Following the Graduation Ceremony, a thank you Toast for all Employees will be organized starting at 14:00 on Friday July 23rd. More information will follow.

We wish all an inspiring four weeks for the remainder of our Summer Semester – stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you all well and healthy.

As the numbers continue to decline, we are able to adapt our Hygiene Rules accordingly starting from Monday, 7th June. The obligatory testing, social distancing and mask rules currently in place remain. However, we are able to increase the capacity in our studios, which will allow each class to train in their complete group. For the Administrative Staff, presence is allowed for all necessary activities and as much working from home as possible is still the rule.

These new Corona rules are in place until 13th June, and as soon as we see how the numbers evolve and we have the new rules from June 14th onwards, we will inform all.

Our Open-Air Summer Stage is now up! As of next Monday, we will be able to use the stage all day and evening for classes and rehearsals, and this is a very welcome and open-air possibility to further increase our activities safely. The BA Dance 3 are in the final stretch of preparations for their “Symbiosis” evening of their BA Dance works, which will be available online as of 23rd July for all to see, free of charge. The MA exams of our Teacher Training students have begun today and almost all of the dance exams in the O, N and BA Dance classes have been successfully completed at this time.

We will be welcoming the Semperoper Ballet as a guest to perform on our stage in mid to late June, there will be Lecture Demonstrations and open rehearsals organised for our students and a Gala on 30th June to celebrate 15 years of close collaboration between the Palucca University of Dance Dresden and the Semperoper Ballet.

Our Palucca Soirée is planned in early July with four performances (8th, 10th, 15th & 17th July). As soon as we know exactly how many spectators will be allowed and the Hygiene Concept is approved, we will communicate how and where the tickets can be purchased.

We are also planning our Graduation Ceremony to take place outside on our Summer Stage on Friday, 23rd July. We do hope this will enable us to welcome our graduates' families and friends. The details will follow. For all who are unable to attend in person, we will organise a virtual attendance through our DFNconf System.

After such a long time, it really is exciting to see the stage taking shape, seeing the rehearsals developing and knowing that in the weeks to come, we will finally have Palucca students on stage performing again!

Stay safe, healthy and take care.

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

The Sommerbühne is on-Campus with classes and rehearsals in full-swing outdoors!

The ticketing is through the www.semperoper.de website and the tickets are now on sale for the “Semperoper Open Air” Performances on June 19th & 20th, the “A Shared Vision” Gala tickets go on sale on June 16th and the tickets for the 4 performances of our Palucca Soirée (July 8., 10., 15. and 17, 2021) go on sale on June 23rd. There are 250 tickets for each performance and the exact hygiene rules will follow closer to the exact dates.

We very much look forward to welcoming many to our first public performances in over one year! The “Symbiosis” BA Dance Works film will be online as of July 23rd and the two films created with BAT 2, together with BAT 3 from the Ballett Akademie München with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa are already online to view.

As of Monday June 14th, we have the new Corona rules and have adapted our Hygiene Concept accordingly. The twice weekly self-testing continues, the keeping of 1,5m distance at all times as does the wearing of masks in all commonly used spaces including the hallways, cafeteria and dressing rooms. It is also strictly forbidden to enter the Campus with any signs of what could be symptoms of Corona.

Each class must stay strictly in their own group for all activities and all academic and dance classes can be done without wearing masks as well as all outdoor activities as long as the incidence rate remains below 35. We must insist here upon keeping the classes separate for all activities. Dance and academic teachers are allowed, with keeping distance that the wearing of a mask for them is suggested, but is no longer obligatory in classes.

All Administrative Staff is allowed on Campus for all necessary activities and the double occupancy of an office space is now allowed if both persons are fully vaccinated + 14 days and the documentation has been presented. The distance of 1,50 m must be maintained and the room must be ventilated regularly. If the distance cannot be maintained, masks are mandatory in the double offices.

The Gym will be allowed to be used again by students under strict control from our Body Awareness Coach, with a maximal occupancy of two students from the same class and following strict hygiene rules with distance kept, windows open and the key must be granted and returned only to the Body Awareness Coach.

For all MADT Students, it will be possible to resume on-Campus observation of classes for the necessary exam preparations. All requests must be presented to the Class Leader before so he can provide the Concierge with a daily name list and then following a self-test and by wearing an FFP2 mask at all times, including during the observation of the classes in studio, on-Campus class observation can once again be allowed.

For all students being vaccinated, no dance activities are allowed following the vaccination on that day. Please inform us, so we are informed and for the days following your vaccination, as the reaction varies greatly. Please keep us closely informed about any absence to the email: empfang@palucca.eu Please also inform your Class Leader in advance, so we are aware of your planned absence, just like in all situations.

For the planned Lecture Demonstrations of the Semperoper Ballet from 10:00 – 13:00 on the 17th, 24th & 25th of June, an observation is being organized for the O, N and BA Dance classes and the schedules will be adapted accordingly to enable all to watch. For MADT and MAC students, an observation is allowed at all times! Please inform your Class Leader, so a daily
list can be given to the Concierge and then with a self-test on this day, it will be possible to observe the Lecture Demonstrations which will be taking place outside on the Sommerbühne.

The Semperoper Ballet will be doing class and rehearsing their entire programme with works from Nicholas Palmquist, William Forsythe, Marius Petipa, David Dawson, Aaron S. Watkin and Jorma Elo. At all times – please keep your distance and avoid any mixing of classes – even when outside.

The Lecture Demonstrations are open for observation for all Palucca employees. Enjoy! Our first on-Campus Lecture Demonstrations since many years – a great chance to see the dancers train and rehearse up close!

The Graduation Ceremony will take place, as planned, at 10:00 on Friday July 23rd for the N4, BA Dance III, MADT 3 and Apprentice Programme. Further details will follow shortly. As long as the incidence remains below 35, it will be open to all Palucca employees as well as friends and family members of the graduating students. Further details and capacity information will follow shortly as this will fall under the next Corona Guidelines for July.

We hope this finds you all well and happy and that these new opportunities and long-awaited performances will provide new inspiration and motivation.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

The Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

As there have been Covid-19 infections in BAT 3, all BAT 3 students have to quarantine as of now until May 24, 2021 (yet to be confirmed). The local Health Authorities have been informed. So far, the Crisis Management Team has not identified any other K1 contacts within the Palucca University.

Many thanks to the respective students for immediately forwarding the information to the Crisis Management Team!
As we are not finally informed about other off-campus contacts we have decided to cancel all on-campus classes for BAT 1 and BAT 2 for this week.

All classes and activities of the O- and N-classes are running as scheduled.

The Crisis Management Team also agreed upon the following safety precaution: All dance faculty and accompanists who have been teaching/playing in classes of BAT 3 since May 03, 2021 and are currently scheduled to teach/rehearse/play have to give proof of a negative PoC-Antigen Rapid Test on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 as well as on Monday, May 17, 2021 when entering the campus. Also, all BAT 1 and BAT 2 students have to give proof of a negative PoC-Antigen Rapid Test on Monday, May 17, 2021 when entering the campus.

The PoC-Antigen Rapid Test should be done within 24-hours prior to campus access, the test is for free and you can get it without any problems in any test center - please see stadtplan.dresden.de. The test centers closest to the University are located about 600 meters/ 8 minutes by foot from the University at Tiergartenstraße 94, at An der Pikardie 10 (ASKIR Pflegedienst/care & nursing service) and at Carolaschloesschen. The test will be done by qualified and trained personnel, testing will normally not take more than 15 minutes and the test result/certificate will be issued right thereafter.



Still of great importance: Please stay at home even if you just have mild symptoms. If symptoms persist, please see your doctor and eventually get a PCR-test.

In case your rapid Corona test shows a positive result, you have to do a PCR-test. Another rapid test with a negative result is not sufficient.

For more information, pls. see

www.dresden.de/de/leben/gesundheit/hygiene/infektionsschutz/corona.php



We need your help: Please, immediately get in touch with the Crisis Management Team in case your test is positive. It is very important that we know about all your contacts to university students and staff. Let’s try together to prevent Corona from spreading and to interrupt any existing chains of infections. Thanks to everyone!

We are looking forward to welcoming everybody back when they are healthy and fit!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and healthy.

As you all know new amendments have been passed to the Infection Protection Act (Bundesinfektionsschutzgesetz – IfSG). Effective from April 23, 2021, the IfSG and its nationwide emergency brake will initially be valid until June 30, 2021. Respective rules and regulations of the IfSG are directly applicable and have to be followed (pls. see the official announcements at sachsen.de). However, for now the new IfSG does not entail any significant changes for our institution.
In order to avoid any contradictions and inconsistencies in relation to the IfSG, the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance (Sächsische Corona-Schutz-Verordnung) has been revised and will be effective as of May 10, 2021. The revised version of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance (https://www.coronavirus.sachsen.de/amtliche-bekanntmachungen.html) does not entail any changes for us as long as the 7 day– incidence will be below 165. Therefore, the rules and regulations in place remain valid. The COVID-19 Regulation on Working Conditions already in place provides for the obligation on employers to offer their staff the chance to work from home where feasible (office work and similar work) in order to minimize the risk of infections. Thus, the Palucca Administration will continue to work from home as much as possible.

In the meantime, it is of great importance that all of you continue to follow our health and safety regulations and do the obligatory testing. We would like to thank all of you – students, guests, administration, artistic and teaching faculty, secondary school and also parents – for abiding by the rules with great commitment, stamina and the necessary caution and care.
Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

PROF. JASON BEECHEY RECEIVES KEN McCARTER AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED NBS ALUMNI

Dresden, 30 April 2021 – Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) has announced Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector of Palucca University of Dance Dresden, as one of two recipi-ents of this year's Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni.

The Ken McCarter Award is presented annually to NBS alumni who have made a uni-que contribution to local, national and international dance communities, creating oppor-tunities for people of all ages and experience to connect with and learn from the art form of dance. The nomination is made by other NBS alumni. Prof. Jason Beechey is a NBS graduate of 1988.

Prof. Jason Beechey receives the award for his outstanding leadership of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden during the COVID-19 pandemic and developing some first concepts and protocols which have also enabled other dance training institutions around the world to re-open successfully after initial Corona-related closures.

“It has been a challenging year to say the least, but it has been great to see how the dance world has grown even closer together and given new value and meaning to being part of a close-knit and supportive community. We are all human, we are all in this together, and the more we can learn from each other and our experiences, the ri-cher and stronger we all are“, says Prof. Jason Beechey, who has been leading the Palucca University of Dance Dresden since 2006.

In addition to Prof. Jason Beechey, the Canadian Miriam Weinstein Adams, CM, has been honoured with the Ken McCarter Award (NBS graduate of 1963) to recognise her for her outstanding contribution as a co-founder of the Dance Collection Danse – Canada's Na-tional Dance Archive and Publishing House.

Further information: Canada's National Ballet School - Alumni (nbs-enb.ca)

MA CHOREOGRAPHY ALUMNI TWO OF 22 SELECTED PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION CHOREOGRAPHY 35

Dresden, 26 April 2021 – Out of more than 400 applicants, Maria Chiara de'Nobili and Alexander Miller, two MA  choreography alumni of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, made it among the 22 participants of choreography 35 with their work MOMENTO. The international competition is Europe's most important platform for young choreographers and will take place on 2/3 July this year, for the 35th time in Hanover.

With this competition, the Ballett Gesellschaft Hannover gives young choreographers the opportunity to present their work to a jury of experts, to enjoy the advantages of professional stage technology, and to find a forum for exchange with other choreographers and the audience. The competition is open to any stylistic direction. Assessed are the creativity and the implementation of the choreographic idea. The artistic director of the competition is Gregor Zöllig, artistic director Tanztheater and chief choreographer Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Both Maria de'Nobili and Alexander Miller were able to successfully complete their master's degree in choreography at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden in 2020. Alexander Miller has since been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance teacher since his graduation, Maria de'Nobili, inter alia, as a dancer at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden and HELLERAU - European Centre of the Arts.

Currently, around 190 students are studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, six of them in the two-year master's degree programme in choreography. The course of study is enrolls every two years, next time for the winter semester 2022/23.

Further information about the collaboration between Maria de’Nobili and Alexander Miller: www.millerdenobili.com

Further information about choreography 35: www.choreography-hannover.de

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and healthy!

Our current procedures with the self-testing are running well and we are very pleased to see how everyone is cooperating and how effective this is for our safety on-campus.

We are still waiting for the implementation of the new rules from Berlin in Saxony. Some rules are directly applicable, others have to be implemented into Saxonian legislation. So as soon as we have them, we will see if our activities need to be adapted or how the new rules could affect us.

For the moment, we will plan to continue next week as planned and will inform all if there are changes and how the situation will be, once we have received the information in writing.

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds all healthy and well and enjoying their Easter Break.

The “Stay in Shape” activities are running well and is a great opportunity for the BA Students to have both classes and workshops with fellow students from the MADT, MAC, Master Class, Alumni and Guests from the Semperoper Ballet too.

The new Corona rules have arrived and from Monday April 12th the rules are stricter than before Easter. There is now an obligatory twice weekly self-testing and on Campus – in all buildings, floors, hallways, staircases - wearing a medical mask or a FFP2- mask or a similar respiratory protective mask according to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulations is obligatory as well. Exemptions thereof apply to: resident students inside their own rooms, staff at their single workplace/ inside their single office as well as to musicians playing their instruments if protective movable walls are in use. Also, when people are outdoors on Campus, with a minimum of 1,5 meters distance between them. Apart from that, the respective teacher will decide according to the specific classroom / studio situation based on the specific regulations for the classrooms/studios. It is obligatory to carry a medical mask with you at all times also if the formerly mentioned exemptions apply. Furthermore, wearing a medical mask is generally recommended. FFP2 masks should not be worn while dancing, just the medical ones.

Testing for all Students will be conducted on Monday and Thursday and it will be clearly indicated on the Schedule for all classes, when this will take place. Resident students will conduct their first weekly test when they return to the Dormitory on Sunday, or if they stayed over the weekend, on Monday morning, in the Dormitory. Self-tests will be provided for all testing, but students or Employees can also bring a certified professional test certificate that is not older than 72 hours as an equivalent. Students and Employees can also bring a self-test with them if they prefer and complete the testing under supervision on Campus. For all Employees, there will no longer be a Corona Test Center with fixed and limited hours, but tests can be picked up at the Concierge and the manner for testing, reporting and controlling, will be communicated directly to all in a separate E-mail. We would here like to express our sincere thanks to the Employees who volunteered to run our Test Center in the weeks prior to Easter!

As previously, people exempt from wearing a mask for documented medical reasons continues and for any new cases, please contact the Crisis Management Team to ensure all is clearly documented. We hope these increased safety measures will enable us to continue our on-Campus activities in the coming weeks and we thank all in advance for your cooperation.

The Digital Dance Easter Workshop is online until April 11th, so if you haven’t had a chance to watch it and vote yet, we would highly recommend to have a look! Great creative works to be seen and the winners will be announced online on April 16th. Looking forward to welcoming all back on Monday!

Stay safe and healthy,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

 

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and enjoying the first week of your Easter Holidays. The „Stay-in-Shape" activities went very well this week and it was nice to see the MA Choreography / Master Class students working with the BA Dance students on various creative research ideas and projects.

For the coming week, from April 6th – 9th, under the new Corona Regulations, there is obligatory testing for all persons involved in the “Stay in Shape” to be done at the beginning of the week, on Monday April 6th. This includes all students, teachers and musicians. The self-testing will be done in the studios 15 minutes before the first class of the day for each group. If someone doesn’t wish to do a self-test, they are not allowed to participate.

All other on-campus personnel not directly involved in the “Stay in Shape”, the testing for the week of April 6th – 9th remains voluntary. The Corona Test Center will only be open on Monday April 6th between 12:00 – 14:00 next week, as during this week, the Secondary School is on holidays, so the testing is not obligatory. The rules for the period from April 12th onwards, when our regular activities resume, will follow next week.

As a reminder, in case a self-test is positive, the concerned person must immediately leave the campus and do a PCR-test at a doctor’s office or in a test center. The self-testing done on-campus is exclusively for people without symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19. The rules for the wearing of masks, in the week of April 6th – 9th, remain unchanged.

We wish everyone a safe and healthy long Easter weekend – and enjoy the Digital Dance Easter Workshop (internal only!)! The video with all submissions will go online on Easter Sunday, April 4th at 10:00, and the voting will be open until Sunday, April 11th at 18:00. The link and voting are for Palucca students, employees and the Board of the Friends Association who are sponsoring the prizes, only. The PDF with the link and voting ballot will only been sent to the registered emails of the current students and/or their families/legal guardians and the Board of the Friends Association.

Happy Easter to all!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rektor
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Kanzlerin
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Schulleiter Oberschule
Jörg Schotte, Arbeitsschutzbeauftragter

 

CHOREOGRAPHY STUDENT YUEXUAN GUI ONE OF JUST FIVE INTERNATIONAL YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHES TO RECEIVE INVITATION TO THIS YEAR'S BIENNALE DANZA IN VENICE

As part of the prestigious College of the Biennial Danza, Yuexuan Gui, who is studying in the first year of the two-year MA Choreography programme, will be given the opportunity to develop her own choreographic work, which will be presented during the festival. The process will be personally accompanied by world-renowned choreographer and artistic director of the festival Wayne McGregor as a mentor. She will also have the opportunity to participate in the artistic vision of Wayne McGregor and choreographer and dancer Crystal Pite over a period of almost three months.

After Maria Chiara de'Nobili in 2018 and 2019, Yuexuan Gui is the second MA Choreography student at Palucca University of Dance Dresden to receive an invitation to the Biennale Danza in Venice.

The Biennale Danza will take place from 23 July to 1 August 2021. Further information: https://www.labiennale.org/en/dance/2021

Currently, about 190 students are studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, six of them in the two-year MA Choreography programme.

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds you all healthy and well.

Just a short newsletter at the end of this week with some information on next week’s testing:
For the Secondary School, the obligatory testing will continue for next week (March 22-26, 2021) the way it has been done and organized this week. For the Palucca Dormitory nothing will change either: Resident students can only return to the Dormitory with a negative self-test. The self-test can be done in the Dormitory. All other Secondary School students will do a self-test on Monday, March 22nd, 2021.

The testing for all BA & MA students and further University staff with on-campus activities remains on a weekly and voluntary basis.

The Test Center will now be open during the following hours:
• March 22nd -26th, 2021: daily noon/12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
• March 29th & April 6th, 2021: noon/12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Please take note of the following:
The offer of an on-campus self-test is only for asymptomatic persons. If anyone has any symptoms that could be related to Corona, they are not allowed on the campus.

Our two-week Easter holidays start on Friday, March 26th at 1:30 p.m., and as a reminder, the Dormitory remains open during the two weeks and the stay -in-shape classes for the BA students are being organized. The schedule will be communicated early next week.

The current Corona rules in place for Saxony are valid until March 31st, 2021. During the first week of April, we will be informing all of how our activities will be, starting from Monday, April 12th, 2021.

We wish all a happy and healthy Easter holiday! Our online Digital Dance Easter Workshop will go live on April 4th, 2021 – enjoy and be sure to vote for your favorites!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you and yours all healthy. It has been great to welcome back the O1 – N3 and MAC students back on-campus this week for the first time since over three months!

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, there will be an obligatory weekly Corona test for all O1 – N4 students and Secondary School teachers. Testing (once a week) will be done in class. Alternatively, students and teachers of the Secondary School can give signed proof of a negative test result from professional testers/test centers, or present a negative self-test to the responsible teacher/person. Everybody not complying with the obligatory testing will be denied access to the Palucca Campus. A consent form signed by the parents or legal guardians is necessary and must be provided and turned in.

For all BA & MA students and all further employees being involved in on-campus activities, testing is not yet obligatory as we have not yet received the quantity of necessary tests. However, starting Wednesday, March 17, 2021 we will offer a voluntary test once a week. The testing will be offered on-campus in our test center in the Villa 78, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Access to test centre via veranda/terrace of Villa 78.

Here are two examples of how the self-testing is done:
Antigen-Selbsttests für Schülerinnen und Schüler – Anleitungsvideo LEPU-Medical-Selbsttest - YouTube
LEPU Medical Antigen Selbsttest - YouTube

The exact manner can vary slightly according to the tests, but we are putting everything in place to ensure that all is done as clearly as possible to further ensure the health and safety of all.

There is still one week left to send in your films for our second “Digital Dance” Easter Workshop – very curious to see, once again, all your creativity expressed through film!

Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds you and yours all healthy and coping in these times.

So, good news – we are able to welcome back on-campus all students registered in on-campus programmes, in a very reduced manner, starting on Monday, March 15th. There are new rules in place for our activities, including an obligatory Corona test, and this is how we will be able to proceed for the two-week period of March 15th–26th, leading up to our Easter Break.

On-Campus Activities
As all classes from O1 – N3 have less than 16 students per class, so they are allowed to return and follow their full, normal programme, including dance classes. Each class will have an assigned classroom, assigned seating and staggered lunch-breaks will be organized.

• N4 continues with their current level of activities.
• BA Dance I & II, will be allowed on campus for a daily ballet and contemporary class in two groups. The remainder of their activities will remain online.
• BA Dance III will continue with their current level of activities.
• MADT, all activities remain online.
• MAC, reduced on-campus activities will be allowed to resume.

Quick tests/ Self-testing
At this moment and despite huge efforts from all sides, we cannot forward a date when the University and the Secondary School will have enough test kits to offer quick tests and to do the obligatory testing. We are organizing everything accordingly, so that we are able to start without delays. We hereby ask for your understanding. As of now, there will be an offer for the classes N1, N2 and N3 to do a voluntary test (PoC) on Monday, March 13th, 2021.

Medical & FFP2 Masks On-Campus
The current policy of wearing medical masks/ FFP2 masks at all times remains. The only exceptions are when a resident student is in their dormitory room, when an employee is using their office alone, or when a musician is seated at the piano behind the plexiglass walls.

Medical Masks in Dance Classes and the Secondary School
With the permission of the teacher and when a distance of 1.5 meters minimum is maintained, the teacher is allowed to give the permission to participate in the dance and academic classes without wearing a mask. At the end of the class, the teacher must ensure that all students put their mask back on before leaving the classroom/studio. This applies to all on-campus dance and academic classes.

Dormitory
Students are only allowed access to the Dormitory upon presentation of a negative Corona test that is less than 48 hours old at the moment of their entry into the Dormitory. Alternatively, they can bring a self-test with them and do the self-test locally under the supervision of a Dormitory Supervisor. The Dormitory capacity and rules remain as current: only students whose parents or guardians live in Germany and are either in the O- and N-classes, or have been in the Dormitory since the beginning of the pandemic.

Activities During the Easter Holiday
The Easter Holidays begin on Saturday, March 27th and go until Sunday, April 11th. All classes for the O-, N- & BA Dance classes end on Friday, March 26th and resume on Monday, April 12th.

During the two weeks of Holidays, the Dormitory will remain open. On-campus activities will be allowed for the MAC Programme and exam preparations for the BA Dance III class who will begin preparing their BA Dance works.

A “stay in shape” daily dance training will be on offer for BA Dance students and a list will shortly be put up on the notice board, so that the students can register to participate. This will be on March 29th, 30th & 31st and April 6th – 9th.

The campus will be closed on Thursday, April 1st and will re-open for these activities on Tuesday, April 6th. Over these four days, noone will be allowed access to the Campus.

Details of the Palucca Corona Test Center will be communicated directly to all and with the specific details for the various grouping of employees.

As complicated as this all sounds, we are very pleased to offer such a high level of safety to all and also to welcome back all students with on-campus activities.

For all questions, please contact the Class Leaders, Dormitory Supervisors or the Crisis Management Team, and we will do our best to provide as clear and transparent information as possible.

Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds you and yours all well and coping in these times.

The Lockdown will be extended until March 28th, but there are some relaxations and changes for Saxony as of Monday, March 15th.

What we know today is that as of Monday, March 15th reduced on-campus activities will resume for O1–N3. As to the exact schedule and content, this will be clarified and communicated early next week.

Resident students from O1–N3 who live in Germany will be allowed to return to the Dormitory as of Sunday, March 14th. However, due to the reduced capacity, no further BA Dance students will be allowed to return to the Dormitory at this time nor students who come from outside of Germany. Exact details will follow next week and will be communicated directly to the families concerned. We very much look forward to welcoming back our O1–N3 students in just over one week!

Jumping topics, unfortunately, due to technical issues, our virtual Semester Opening this week didn’t work. So – we hope the rescheduled one for Monday, March 8th, 17:30–18:30, on Zoom, will work! The Zoom link will be communicated internally to all employees and will be forwarded by the class leaders to all students.

You should be able to enter the virtual Semester Opening on Zoon via copying & pasting the link into your browser. You don’t need to open a Zoom account, you can simply enter the meeting through this link and if there is a request for a meeting ID and/or pa, please check the info internally communicated to staff and students. We hope this time it will work!

Looking forward to seeing all then. Stay healthy and take care.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you and yours all healthy and coping in these times.

Unfortunately, it looks like the current Lockdown will be yet again, further extended, but the exact information will follow as soon as we receive it.

In the meantime – just a short newsletter to invite all to our Virtual Semester Opening. This will take place today, 3rd March from 17:30 – 18:30 in a Live Streaming Room on DFNconf.

Here is the link to join: https://www.conf.dfn.de/stream/nr5om77eg2xtq 

It will be a moment to celebrate the achievements of several of our MA Dance Teacher and Choreography students who have completed their MA degrees in the past semester and also to acknowledge the on-going courage, motivation and support of all of our extended Palucca family during these challenging times.

With the individual sessions going on for our BAT 1, 2 & 3 as well as our N4 students on-campus, a separate time will be found for these classes and the faculty members who are not able to attend the live streaming tomorrow.

As our programmes are a mix of both German and English language programmes, the Live Stream will reflect this and be in a mix of both languages.

We hope this finds you all well and we look forward to sharing the Semester Opening with you. A further newsletter will follow as soon as we have more information on the coming weeks.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

 

INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED MA CHOREOGRAPHY STUDENT COMBINES VISUAL CREATIVITY OF PRODUCT DESIGN WITH DANCE

For Brian Scalini, who is studying in the first year of the two-year MA Choreography programme at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, 2020 was a very successful year. Not only was he able to present his choreographies at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, the Gdanski Festival Tanca in Danzig, the Istanbul Fringe Festival, the 25MASDANZA Choreography Contest in Gran Canaria and the Machol Shalem Dance House in Jerusalem, but he also received the "Special Mention" of the jury at the SOLOCOREOGRAFICO Solo Dance Festival Frankfurt! And it looks like 2021 will be an equally successful year for Brian Scalini who, thus far, has received eight invitations to present his choreographies, namely at the Tanzwoche Dresden, The Black Box International Dance Festival (Bulgaria), the Blois Dance Festival (France), the Solo Contemporary Dance Festival Ankara (Turkey), the Oklahoma Dance Festival (USA), the Body-Radical International Performing Arts Biennal Budapest (Hungary), the Bergen Fringe Festival (Norway) and the Quinzena De Danca De Almeda (Portugal).

"Cocoon" – which is part of the dance trilogy "Working Wounded“ and whose creation was inspired by childhood traumata of the dancers and their influence on their adult lives – has been Brian Scalinis most successful choregraphy to date. However, looking at Brian Scalinis success, one would not assume that his career path as a ballet dancer and choregrapher has been rather unusal. After ten years of ballroom dance, he did not start taking ballet classes until the age of 20. He really enjoyed it and wanted to learn and improve quickly. He took all the ballet classes available at his local ballet academy, even if this meant dancing with the smallest dancers. At the same time, he started his degree in product design at the Unversity of Bologna, the successful completion of which in 2016 brought him to a crossroads in his life, as he had to decide which path to take: that of a dancer or as a product designer.

Brian Scalini decided on the first path, and after a few auditions he landed a job as a dancer at the Landesbühne Sachsen in 2017 which brought him to choreography through an initiative for young choreographers. Since 2018, he has been creating his own choreographies. He has realised that he does not have to decide between dance and product design. Working as a choreographer enables him to combine both dance and his visual creativity as a product designer whereby the choreography is the product: the use of bodies, shapes, costumes and scenoraphy to create, "package" and market the choregraphy, i.e. the product.

To give his work as a choreographer a solid basis and to find his own identity and signature, Brian Scalini started the MA Choreography at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden in 2020. A career as a dancer is not compulsory for this master programme. Applicants are not excluded from studying the MA Choregraphy on the basis of a "non-formative" body. Instead, a special artistic talent, including the job-specific facilities and skills are the most important criteria for admission to this programme. Students can enrol in the MA Choreography programme every two years; the next intake is in the winter semester of 2022/23.

Currenty, ca. 190 students are studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, six of them are enrolled in the MA Choreography.

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds all healthy and well. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we have more news about our activities for next week.

Under the new Saxon Corona Guidelines, we must keep our activities on the same level as currently and all classes for O1 – N3 remain online for the coming two weeks. We are also not allowed to accept any further students back into the Dormitory at this time.

Additionally, starting on Monday, February 22nd and running until Friday, March 5th, we are able to offer on a voluntary basis “individual coaching” for the BAT 1 and BAT 2 students on-campus as well as studio time for self-study for the MAC students.

The individual coaching sessions will comprise a 60-minute KLT barre and center practice, followed by a 60-minute combination of ZT/MT, Improvisation, Yoga or Pilates. The coaching sessions will be organised by offering each individual a studio space from 25 – 50 square meters, and the sessions will be conducted under the supervision of a teacher.

To keep the numbers of people on-campus to an absolute minimum, a strict adherence to only entering the campus a maximum of 30 minutes before the coaching and leaving promptly thereafter is mandatory. All activities will be staggered throughout the day, with the studio time for the MAC students being offered in the evening. The majority of the coaching sessions will be done using recorded music and absolutely no use of the other on-campus facilities is permitted.

For students who are not in Dresden or would prefer to remain training online, a daily online ballet and contemporary class will continue to be offered.

We are very pleased to be able to offer this chance to our BA Dance I & II students for the coming two weeks. For any questions or feedback, please contact your Class Leader directly. No changing of entrance times or studios are allowed.

We hope the information for our Easter Digital Dance Workshop has arrived well that this has inspired many of you to begin to create new works for this years’ mini-online film festival!

Also, we will be having a “Virtual Online Summer Semester Opening” which will take place through DFNconf on March 3rd from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Details will follow in our coming newsletter.

Until then, stay healthy and take care!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and well.

A very short newsletter as a longer one will follow later in the week. The new Corona Rules for Saxony were published this weekend and we are seeing now how to further adapt our activities from next week. Information will follow on Friday. In the meantime, we hope all is continuing to go well with the online classes and exam preparations in the studios for the N4 and BAT 3.

We are happy to announce today the second edition of our Easter Digital Dance Workshop! Open for all students, you will find attached here all the information in both German and English. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of your creativity on the screen over the Easter Weekend!

Stay safe and healthy.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all healthy, well and coping in these times. We hope all enjoyed their winter break and many took advantage of the on-going exam preparations for the N4 and BAT 3 as well as intensive online workshops for the MAC and MA DT students.

The Lockdown will now be extended until the 7th of March, and although we are still waiting to receive the official implementation for Saxony, it doesn’t look like we can expect any changes to our current situation. This means, all classes will continue to be delivered online, except for the exam preparations for the N4 and BAT 3, until 7th March. Shall any chances be announced this weekend, we will inform all of you as quickly as possible.

The report cards from the Secondary School have been sent yesterday and the explanations as to how we will do our semester feedback to all students and families about the dance subjects has also been communicated to all students of the BA Dance classes and to all parents and legal guardians of our O- & N-class students. We are in the process of organising our next Parent’s Day, which will take place in a virtual format, with the possibility to talk with the teachers both in a group and individually. More information will follow shortly.

The administrative staff continues working from home, and for those interested in a “behind the scenes” look at how we are managing our online activities, here is a link to a short documentary online in both a German and English version:

German: https://vimeo.com/509714277 
English: https://vimeo.com/palucca 

As the Lockdown continues, we must applaud all for seeing their continued motivation, progress and dedication. Hoping to further fuel and inspire, the information will follow next week for the second edition of our “Easter Digital Dance Workshop”. All students are eligible to create and send in short dance films until the 22nd of March, and there will be an online premiere over the Easter weekend with many prizes to be awarded. All can vote like last year too – so go for it! Looking forward to see all your creativity expressed through film.

For all parents of the O- & N-classes, our Body Awareness Coach has sent out information – and now it is your chance to participate actively in online fitness classes with Mr. Matthew Squire! As a way to share our joy in dance and movement, we hope this can provide a moment to experience an online workout yourselves. The participation is limited to 23 persons per class, on a first come, first serve basis. Enjoy!

We wish all to stay safe, healthy and warm in these times.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

DIGITAL TEACHING AT THE PALUCCA UNIVERSITY OF DANCE DRESDEN DURING THE CORONA-PANDEMIC

Digital teaching poses a particular challenge, especially for art and music colleges and universities, as it is not only theory that is taught. Of the 189 students currently studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, only the 14 students in the final year of the integrated secondary school and the 18 students in the final year of the three-year BA Dance programme are being taught face-to-face in the classroom. All other students, including those studying the master programmes Dance Teacher and Choreography are taught exclusively digitally.

In order to continue to adequately teach all students who cannot take part in classroom teaching, the University uses a variety of methods and techniques of digital teaching. Thus, all theory and practice lessons take place using DFNconf, the conference service of the Deutsches Forschungsnetz. The students are connected to the teachers and lecturers in the classrooms and dance studios via monitors, laptops and conference calls. Up to 69 students can be connected from one of the dance studios at the same time. In addition, interactive whiteboards are used in theory lessons, with which all classrooms of the secondary school are equipped.

However, the "digital university of dance" reaches its limits in the admission procedures, for which the dancers of tomorrow have to come to the university in person. Until 26 March 2021, the parents of final-year primary school students can apply for their child to participate in the admission procedure for grade 5 of the orientation level at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden – Secondary School.

A video on „Digital Teaching During the Corona-Pandemic“ at the Palucca University of Dance can be found on our Vimeo channel: vimeo.com/509709438

 

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and well.

Our online activities continue and it is great having the N4 and BAT 3 back in the studios for their exam preparations. The exam preparations will continue in dance, for these two classes, over the one-week Winter Holidays, and all other classes will have a break from the online activities.

With the current rules in place until Sunday, February 14th our activities will resume as of Monday, February 8th exactly like this week, with just the N4 and BAT 3 on-campus. We will find out during early February how the situation will look from Monday, February 15th onwards, and we hope to welcome back more classes to on-campus activities from then - including above all our students of the MA Dance Teacher Programme and MA Choreography Programme.

Under these new rules, the heightened mask obligations remain, and even though an FFP2 mask is not obligatory, we will be making one FFP2 mask per week available for the teachers and musicians as an extra measure to wear during their studio time. With all other employees, with specific requirements in terms of their on-campus activities (caretaker, Dormitory supervisors), we will communicate directly.

The families of those students that are not able to return to the Dormitory yet, will receive a refund of the Dormitory fees. The exact means in which this will be done will be communicated by our Financial Departmen directly.

As this pandemic continues, we would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding. Knowing how complicated it is to juggle working from home, home schooling and the challenges for our students of not being able to be in the studios, perform or socialize freely with their classmates – it is really great to see how everyone is doing their best to find solutions and not lose faith. We will get past this pandemic and find ourselves once again able to enjoy a more normal situation. A big thank you to all concerned!

We wish all a good week of classes. Enjoy the winter break and please take all the necessary precautions when traveling. As soon as we are back, more info will follow; and then we will hopefully also be able to let you know all the information about the second edition of our digital Dance Easter Workshop!


Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

In the Dormitory of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The concerned student is in an isolation room on a separate floor. The student has no symptoms and is doing well. There is one further student who has been deemed to be a K1 Contact person and this student has also been placed in an isolation room. After a thorough investigation, there are no other students or Staff who are K1 Contact persons. A Covid Test is planned for all current 7 Resident students on Monday January 18th 2021. Students will only return to presence classes following a negative PCR Test.

The Dormitory remains in isolation and no one, except the working Dormitory Matrons, are allowed inside. No further resident students will be allowed to return to the Dormitory at this time and the Crisis Management Team has placed the following measures into effect:

  • All classes, both Dance and Academic for the N4 will remain online until and including Wednesday January 20th 2021.
  • All N4 students have the chance to have a PoC-Test on Monday January 18th. The participation is voluntary but is urgently recommended. The N4 will be informed by the Class Leader, Frau Schneider about how this will be organized.
  • The on-Campus Activities of the BAT 3 (none of whom live in the Dormitory) remain unchanged and will start on Monday, January 18th as planned.

The Crisis Management Team is in permanent contact with the Dormitory and the Health Au-thorities of the city of Dresden and we will do our best to keep all as informed and up to date about the situation as quickly and regularly as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you all healthy and well.

Our online activities continue and we are looking forward to welcoming back our N4 and BAT 3 on Campus starting on Monday, January 18th 2021, with their exam preparations.

To ensure the health and safety of all, we have heightened Hygiene Rules in place, which you will find attached (Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules as January 18, 2021).

The wearing of a mask on Campus is now obligatory in all classes, both Academics and Dance, as well as everywhere on the Campus, by all persons at all times. The only exceptions are when a resident student is inside their own room, when a staff member of the Administration is in their individual office or when a musician is seated at the piano behind the newly installed protective movable walls.

Extra precautions have also been taken for all returning resident students and students returning from outside Germany in high-risk areas and these have been communicated directly to all.
The numbers are still very high and it is only through such increased safety measures and the cooperation of all that we can continue to do the utmost to protect and keep all healthy and safe.

Please read the attached new Hygiene Rules (Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules as January 18, 2021) carefully and please ask us if anything is unclear. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

>>> Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules Secondary School (Oberschule) and Palucca University of Dance Dresden as of January 18, 2021

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – and Happy New Year! We hope this finds everyone and their families in good health and despite all the restrictions, that all were able to still enjoy the Holiday Season. May 2021 bring us all a return to a more stable and normal situation.

The Lockdown has been extended until the 31st of January. However, we are still waiting for the complete information on the exact terms and conditions. We will hopefully have the complete information by Friday this week.

What we do know at this point, is that the Secondary School is online for all academic classes and for the O1 – N3, this will continue until the end of January. The N4 will be allowed to return to classes on Campus, as of Monday the 18th of January for their Academics.

For all N4 resident students (including guests), who are returning from a high-risk country, they will be allowed to enter the Dormitory on Sunday January 10th, but only with proof of a negative Corona test that is not more than 48 hours old. They must also complete the online registration form from the Health Authorities prior to entering Germany (www.einreiseanmeldung.de). These students will be able to do their quarantine in the Dormitory. The quarantine is for 10 days, but a Corona test can be done after 5 days and when negative, the quarantine is lifted. This will enable these students to start classes on Monday January 18th.

For all returning N4 resident students (including guests) from countries not declared as high-risk countries and from inside Germany, they will be allowed to enter the Dormitory on Friday, January 15th, but only upon presentation of a negative Corona test, that is not more than 48 hours old. These students will be kept in an isolated room for 48 hours over the weekend to ensure that there are no symptoms that could be associated with Corona and then, they will be able to start the on-Campus classes on Monday January 18th.

We request all returning N4 resident students, that they don’t travel home on the weekend of January 23rd & 24th to avoid any unnecessary travel inside these two weeks of on-Campus classes before the Winter Holiday.

For all other classes (O1 – N3, BAT, MADT, MAC), we are waiting for information, hopefully by Friday of this week, to know if any on-Campus activities will be allowed during the Lockdown extension and we will inform all with a new newsletter as soon as we know more.

We also know at this point, that the Winter Holidays have been moved forward and shortened. We will now finish after classes on Friday January 29th and resume classes on Monday February 8th. The plan and hope are that more classes will be allowed to return on-Campus then, but this decision will be made only in the last week of January. The Easter Holidays have been extended to make up for the lost holiday week in February and our new Easter Holidays will start after classes end on Friday March 26th and resume on Monday April 12th.

For all Students, please check your emails regularly (at least once a day) and stay in close contact with your Class Leader to be sure you receive all the information that is being sent. The Class Leaders are available to answer any questions and to ensure the online activities are running smoothly.

We all know how frustrating this extended Lockdown is, but with the situation of the pandemic in Saxony on a very critical level, these measures are necessary to get the pandemic under control and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Jumping to a different topic – our new website is online! The internal username and password have been sent by the Class Leaders to all and we hope you are finding the updated website more user friendly. It is also barrier free, should it should work well from smartphones and other devices.

Please take all of your precautions, stay safe, keep your distances and more information will follow shortly.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and adapting to the new Lockdown, which started yesterday in Saxony and will be in place for all of Germany as of Wednesday. Unfortunately, under the new rules, all “on Campus” activities are suspended and all of our activities will be exclusively online until the 10th of January 2021. The Secondary School is via “LernSax”, the MA Programmes through “OPAL” and we are currently organizing online dance classes to start as of Monday January 4th for all O, N & BA Classes. The current Lockdown is in place until January 10th and we will hear in the first week of January if this will be extended or if “on Campus” activities will be allowed to resume as of Monday January 11th .

The re-opening of our Dormitory in 2021 will be done in phases. For students returning from outside Germany, we will allow them to return to the Dormitory from 12:00 on Sunday January 3 rd 2021. Only these students will be allowed to return then. For students coming from Highrisk Countries who need to do Quarantine, we will be placing them in isolated rooms until their Quarantine is completed. The current regulations allow a corona test after 5 days of Quarantine and if negative, then the student would be allowed to join the “on Campus” activities which will hopefully resume on January 11th .

For all returning resident students from inside Germany, the information as to when they can return will be communicated on Wednesday January 6th 2021. The Dormitory will be in touch with all resident students and their families directly.

For all resident students, we must insist, that only students who appear to be completely healthy and symptom free, are allowed to return. We thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

The situation with Corona in Saxony and Germany is currently very critical and hopefully such measures will prove effective to bring the pandemic under control and to ensure the health and safety of all. We will do our best to keep all informed of how the situation evolves. Also, in the name of the Crisis Management Team, please let us take this opportunity to wish everyone, a very healthy and safe Holiday Season and best wishes for a more stable 2021!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and coping in these challenging times.The situation continues to evolve very rapidly and a much stronger Lockdown is set to begin on Monday for Saxony. The exact conditions of the Lockdown will only be passed in the Parliament of Saxony on Friday and we will receive the official information in writing over the weekend. However, we have already made the following decisions today in our Crisis Management Team to enable all to plan for the coming weeks.

•As of Monday December 14thall classes and activities on Campus will be suspended. This will remain in effect until Monday January 4thfor the BA and MA Programmes and until Monday January 11thfor the O & N Classes.

•The activities of the Secondary School O1 –N4 will continue online until Friday December 18thand resume online, on Monday January 4th.

•We are in direct contact with all our resident Students and their families to ensure the necessary supervision can be provided until all students are able to travel homethis weekend or early next week. The Dormitory is planned to re-open on Sunday January 3rd2021 for the resident BA Students and Sunday the 9thof January for the resident O & N Classes.

•The Administrative Staff will be working from Home Office as of Monday December 14thexcept for Employees whos’roles can only be doneon Campus.Details will be announced in due course.

•At the present time, with the draft version of the legislation we have received, the BA and MA Programmescould resume on Campus, as of Monday January 4thand the O & N as of Monday January 11th, but all is subject to approval in the Parliament this Fridayand then also according to how the situation with the pandemic evolves.

We hope that with the decisions that we have made today, this will enable all to plan accordingly for the coming 4-weeks. As always, we do our utmost to keep all as best informed and as earlypossible.Please check your emails and our Website on a regular basis for the latest information and updates. Please take all precautions necessary for all travels and to ensure the health and safety of all.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Office

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