First steps towards
|1959 – 1962
Amateur-classes at the Bice Scheitlin
Ballet School in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Ballet and character dance classes. We had the chance to be part
of the Christmas performances at the local Theatre, where Miss
Scheitlin was Head of the Ballet Company, and on many other
occasions. She was an exceptional teacher for children.
- directed by Wolfgang Brunner, then Michel de Lutry; ballet, modern,
jazz, and character dance.
Hardie School of
- ballet, modern, jazz, taps, and musical dance.
Alvin Ailey City Center,
classes at the Martha Graham School and at Steps
in New York; summer courses at The Place and at The Dance
Centre in London - mostly for modern/contemporary classes, and
the joy of working with Matt Mattox!
Summer Academy in Cologne (the equivalent of
the American Jacob's Pillow dance festival)
attending classes with all the teachers I deeply admired who had a great
influence on my teaching later on: Yuriko, Mary Hinkson, Pearl Lang, Viola Farber; Matt Mattox, Jojo Smith,
and Luigi of course; Hans van Manen; Todd Bolender, Marika Besobrasova.
Starting my career.... and moving on!
1962 – 1970
France. Direction: Jean Combes, later Roland April; guest
choreographers: Milko Sparemblek, Tanja Balachova, Manuel Parrès.
Director: Ingelore Wöbke, then Wolfgang Leistner / Egbert Strolka.
in Germany, living in Munich - working for the largest German TV
Stations: usually 3 weeks of intensive rehearsals for 7 to 10
dance numbers - and then the live show! Germany had a hudge
budget for these shows, and we had the chance to work with
American choreographers (Bob Fosse's Cabaret was
filmed in Munich): Gene Reed, Bill Milié,
Lester Wilson, choreographer of Sister Act; Hermes Pan,
choreographer for Fred Astaire
plus German TV specialists: Herbert Schubert, Heinz
Schmiedel, Irene Mann et al.
to choreographer Raoul Colombo
for Swiss, Belgium and German TV.
Stepping Out .... towards
teaching and creations!
1972 - 1974
||Holding workshops in Geneva
(arriving here as a newly wed!) and gaining my first experiences of teaching and organizing my own classes. Engaged to teach jazz dance at the newly
created Ecole de danse du
Grand Théâtre, directed Beatriz Consuelo.
1974 – 1999
Opening and directing of my own school, the
Ballet Brigitte Matteuzzi
1988 – 1993
||Creation of the troupe
Jazz Dance Company with the
engagement to prepare young and talented dancers for possible
future careers with the enthusiastic participation of Claude-Yane
Roulin and Françoise Philippon.
1970 – 1999
And at the same time developing my career as a choreographer for:
hundred dance parts for Swiss TV; a Dance film specially created
for the TV media 'Circuit fermé', which obtained the
highest TV award, the Prix
Film: 'Rouge' the last
part of Krzyszof Kieslowski's Trilogie Bleu-Blanc-Rouge..
a ballet created for the Grand Théâtre in Geneva; 'La
Revue' a political
satire Musical directed by Pierre Naftule;
creation for the Opening of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Asian Developement
Bank, at the United Nations and at Arena in Geneva.
choreographic conception for 'HCC Sportswear/Descente' performed twice a year in Munich, Grenoble, Osaka, Tokyo, Las Vegas.
Promotions: for Philippe Morris, Mazda
Cars, Coca Cola Suisse, Coca Cola International (with The
Supremes ... and Us!)
Codirector of the
National Ballet of the Ivory Coast in Abidjan for one year; afterwards
workshops twice a year from 1979 to 1990.
choreography for the dance education program 'Force Jazz'
in France. (Vendée); workshops and creation of two new works for the Teatro
Municipal in Lima; several ballets for their school attached to
the theater - all this over several weeks during 3 consecutive years;
another 6 weeks' workshop and 2 jazzdance sequencies for their
Gala at the Jean Wong School of Dancing in Hong Kong;
Summer-Academy in Frankfurt - in participation with Gus
Giordano for Jazz.
Jazz dance demonstration
in several cities in China, sight-seeing tour of their
dance world, organized by a French dance teachers organization;
another tour visit in the former Soviet Union including an
invitation to meet the Kirov Ballet,
the Vaganova School and the Moiseyeff School.
Working for dance
associations: president of AED (Private Dance Schools Ass.)
Member of the executive committtee of the Swiss Head Organisation
for Professional Dancing 1996-99.
<<photos of demonstrations
<< photos of choreographic
|2000 – 2002
'Slow movement activity' due to knee
injuries; work in a home of 270 elderly residents, in the
Entertainment section. A special highlight was the creation of a TV- insider-serial with
the residents as script writers and actors! - Getting involved with
the wellness program and apprenticeship of 'gymnastics for elderly or handicapped persons' (Margaret Morris
Back to dance!
2002 – 2004
Workshops and choreography in Geneva,
Paris and Lyon. Jury-member for dance contests in Paris, Lyon
(F.N.I.D); specialization in a SOS-Service for replacement:
anywhere, anytime, any style a really useful undertaking!
|2003 – 2004
Repalcement instructor in several dance schools
notably at the Institut
Jaques-Dalcroze and the
modern, African dance, children)
Regular classes at
Espace Danse Peter Heubi;
Workshops and dance numbers for
Lydia Amouyal's Le petit Opéra de l'Isle
Jazz dance for children, a special
workshop for the first time
at the F.N.I.D. (French dance organization).
of the jury for three dance competitions organized by F.N.I.D. in Paris and Lyon.
2004 - 2005
Organization of my own monthly weekend
based on Musical dance this year with with a new theme each month.
please the consult the Classes /
Workshops / Projects page