Our Team


TANZSCHULE KÜSNACHT is a dance school, founded over 30 years ago. We instruct children, youth and adults of all levels. Our qualified instructors maintain a high standard at our school. Dance is a product of hard work, but one must never forget that it is also a creative activity that should be fun. Tanzschule Küsnacht combines all of these qualities into one.

We see dance for children as an ideal way for children to grow.  Dance can help promote and improve creativity, concentration, physical and mental awareness, musicality and discipline.

Tanzschule Küsnacht was founded by Sibil Imboden. The school was later under the direction of Ariane Lohner. In 2005 Jennifer Rusterholz-Bell became the school’s director.


 
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School Director

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop/Streetdance, Modern, Creative Dance

Jennifer was born in Toronto, Canada and is a dance teacher, dancer and choreographer. In 1996 she completed her Dance Diploma at Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto. There she studied Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Folklore, Dance History, Music and Dance Pedagogy. She has qualifications from the RAD, ISTD, NCCP, and has a Stelio Calagias Jazz Technique Certificate. From 1995-2000 she was a choreographer and dancer with InMotion Dance Company (CA). In 2001 Jennifer began teaching at Tanzschule Küsnacht with great enthusiasm and in 2005 took over the school. Her debut in Switzerland was in October 2001 at the Tanzhaus Wasserwerk. Since then she has worked on many other projects: Zürcher Opernhaus (CH), MOVERS Dance Company (CH), Konstantin Tsakalidis (D), Tanztheater Königsfelden (CH). She is the mother of two children.


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Jasmin Cehajic

Hip Hop, Streetjazz



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Mirjam Frei

Hip Hop, Streetjazz
Dance has always been a part of her life, even as a child. After years in Ballet, Rock’nRoll and Latin/Standard dancing she changed from partner dancing to group dancing: Hip Hop and Jazz Dance. In 2012 she completed her teaching qualifications for jazz and hip hop from the Funkydance Danceschool. She finds it exciting to work on new choreographies and dances with the students.


Agnès Galatiore

Ballet

Agnès Galatoire was born in Pau, France where she first studied ballet. Her formal dance training was completed in Monte-Carlo, Paris and Hamburg. She had long-standing engagements with John Neumeiers Hamburger Ballett, Grand-Théatre de Genève, and Heinz Spoerli at the Operhaus Zürich. She has been teaching ballet at Tanzschule Küsnacht since 2004 and also works as a Pilates Instructor in various studios.


Noemi Meinecke

Ballet, Creative Dance

Born in 1977, Noëmi Meinecke studied Contemporary Dance and Choreography at the Zürich Tanz Theater Schule (ZTTS) and at the Dance Academy for Art in Arnhein, Holland, and completed her training with the Choreo Dance Project (CDP) at the ZTTS. She has worked with various choreograhers including Ismael Ivo, Hendrik Kaalund, Frank Rutishauser, Simone Hueber, Kjersti Müller-Sandstö and has created many of her own pieces. In 2011 she completed her Masters in Dance Padagogy at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Noëmi Meinecke is the mother of 3 children.


 
Christina Maria Meyer

Ballet

Christina Maria Meyer was born in Pratteln Bl, moved to Küsnacht in 1996 and has been working at Tanzschule Küsnacht since 2003. Ballet training from: Stadttheater Basel, Académie de danse classique in Monte-Carlo, in New York, Paris, London, Köln, Zürich. Engagements as ballet dancer and soloist: 3 years at Stadttheater Basel, performances with Monte-Carlo with Nureyev/Fracci, 9 years with the Openhaus Zürich, 2 years in Hamburg, 5 years as 1. Soloist in Freiburg, Breisgau D (Riccardo Duse). She received her teacher’s education at the Académie de danse classique Monte-Carlo and by David Howard in Zürich. She has choreographed many pieces, those including for the Schweizer Kammerballett (Jean Deroc), where she was also a dancer and Soloist and later engaged as Balletmistress for Königsfelder Festspielen. Co-Director for Ballett-Atelier Zürich, Co-Director VIVA-Tanzcompany Winterthur. She holds a diploma in Rückengymnastik, Stretching, Energy Therapy/Massage.



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Streetjazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz

Stefanie was born in Zürich and graduated with a Bachelor Sportwissenschaften at the Univerity of Bern. Her received her dance training at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and also at the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in München. During this time she danced with such respected choreographers as Patrick Delcroix, Jochen Heckmann and Philipp Egli. Credits also include dance projects and workshops in Switzerland and  Tel Aviv and Wien. Stefanie works nationally and internationally for professional dance projects and is also a choreographer.


 
Jula Weiss

Ballet, Creative Dance

Born in Germany Jula Weiss has been taking ballet since 7 years old. Her first ballet classes at the Opernhaus Nürnberg, a few years later she was accepted into the Ballet Förder Zentrum Nürnberg. When she was 16 years old she decided to take a big leap to the German capital and went to the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin where she finished successfully, as staatlich geprüfte ballet dancer. After her engangement at the Deutschen Oper Berlin Jula Weiss Jau moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to work with Maurice Béjart. Afterwards she worked as an independant dancer under “Karls kühne Gassenschau” and other various theatre and television productions. Alongside her dancing career, she discovered her love for teaching and choreography. Jula has been teaching at Tanzschule Küsnacht since 2008 as a ballet and creative dance teacher.

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