I am researching dance teachers from northern Germany, in particular the family Knoll of ballet masters in Hamburg, – a forgotten but fascinating chapter both of local and dance history – and August von Wobeser-Rosenhain, dancing master at the university of Kiel.


Article in German: „Das
Velociped erobert Hamburger Ballsäle

Extended version as a video in English

Lecture Pride and Prejudice: Truth about Thomas Mann’s ballet master, Rudolph Knoll

Lecture, held 18 May 2021, for the Verein für Hamburgische Geschichte

Previous dates:

15 – 19 June 2022

The international Historical Dance Symposium
Burg Rothenfels am Main

See my article in the symposium’s proceedings:

Der Ball. Geselligkeit – Macht – Politik. 1600 – 1900
5. Symposion für Historischen Tanz Burg Rothenfels am Main, 15. – 19. Juni 2022.

herausgegeben von Uwe Schlottermüller, Howard Weiner und Maria Richter289 S., ISBN 978 3 931344 12 2; € 30.-