The History Of LBallet

Blog (by Paul Valk)

Latest News: 2023

We are ready! Everything you need to train someone from their first steps as a young child of 4 or 5 years old to an optimally trained ballet body at 15 or 16 is available online! Please use this knowledge and spread this training method. It keeps the body healthy and, when used responsibly, free from injuries. Enjoy the lessons as much as we enjoyed creating them. Thank you for all the kind reactions and messages. Liesbeth Wiertz and Paul Valk are available to teach ballet classes at your institution worldwide. All the lessons we give are recorded as a standard practice and are immediately available for evaluation and training at your institution. For more information, please contact us for single or multi-day training sessions. Look under the menu item “Contact.” With warm regards, Liesbeth Wiertz and Paul Valk.

July 7, 2023: After a wonderful year, we have decided to conclude the regular recordings of the Liesbeth Wiertz Ballet Institute. Thanks to Eva, Femke, Leah, Elke, Esmee, Fee-Lise, and other dancers, we were able to capture Liesbeth’s methodology so beautifully on camera.

In the past year, we have recorded a complete Teacher Methodology Classical Ballet, including all exercises, teacher tips & tricks for the Junior level. In 27 lessons, each lasting almost 2 hours, you will find all the information you need to teach and develop classical ballet classes on your own. Wishing you great success. Don’t hesitate to contact Liesbeth or Paul if you have any questions about the lessons or the website. Also, make sure to watch the special lesson on using a pianist during a ballet class and how to teach and utilize different time signatures to optimize the effect of your exercises and develop dance quality.

September 15, 2022

We have now started in Arnhem with new and familiar faces in teacher training on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 and in the specialization modules of classical ballet for prospective teachers on Thursdays between 12:00-14:00. These are a logical continuation of all the online lessons from LBallet.

We are also still enjoying a wonderful week of teaching and recording in Linz, Austria, between September 4 and 11. We were able to give a total of 21 lessons to pre-training students and professional teachers from the Landes Musik Schulwerk and Tanz Akademie. To be continued because we are allowed to come back next year. It was amazing!

It will surely be a great year despite all the challenges in the world. We must continue to dance and develop. A world without culture and dance is not possible. It won’t be our fault.

Thanks to Rozet for the great start and collaboration.

July 2022: Monday, June 13, 2022: LWBI is moving from Nijmegen to Arnhem starting from September 1, 2022. We are very grateful to Daniëlle Tunnissen from Balletstudio Daniëlle for the past two years. Despite all the lockdowns and difficult circumstances, we have managed to write a piece of Dutch ballet history by capturing a complete classical ballet methodology through the use of 6 cameras, lighting, microphones, etc. We were able to transform Daniëlle’s ballet studio into a real recording studio! Thank you for all the cooperation. We wish Balletstudio Daniëlle success and hope to continue working together for a long time.

June 13, 2022: The Liesbeth Wiertz Ballet Institute is moving to the beautiful ballet studios of Rozet in Arnhem, where Balletstudio De Vloer is also located. Various collaborations are being explored, including one with ArtEZ. A ballet pianist training program is being developed, and a partnership has been established with Balletschool Petra in Roermond, where a talent class has already started. A teacher training will also be held there every Friday between 10:30-12:00.

June 1, 2022: The complete methodology of Liesbeth Wiertz, including pointe work, has been recorded in over 200 videos! The result is a unique document that not only captures the development of several dance students but also the atmosphere and interactions. Never before has a classical methodology been so extensively and transparently demonstrated for optimal body development in dance. All the lessons are in English, and there are already dozens of teachers and dancers around the world using this methodology. In the coming period, each lesson will be accompanied by newly recorded piano music by Paul Valk and Gerard Vogel.

March 15, 2022: New name as of March 1, 2022: Liesbeth Wiertz Ballet Institute.

March 1, 2022: There are 178 lessons available online through LBallet: 43 Junior, 49 Intermediate, 42 Advanced, and 44 Pointe classes. New lessons are added every week. Two students are currently auditioning, and registrations are open for the new year. If you want more information, please write an email to

January 1, 2022: We wish everyone a fantastic 2022. There are already 170 lessons recorded at 4 levels (Junior, Intermediate, Advanced, Pointe).

October 1, 2021: We have already recorded 146 lessons for LBallet. The start of the new year had a challenge due to a misstep and ankle fracture at Liesbeth’s home. Fortunately, teaching while sitting down still works! Thanks to existing videos, training could continue during the five days of absence. Online is working!

September 1, 2021: Start of the second year of the Liesbeth Wiertz Dance Institute and the completion of capturing the classical technique methodology of Liesbeth Wiertz.

July 1, 2021: Congratulations to Ezra van Gijsel, Isis Stamatakos, Merel Bastiaans, and Sanne Vree on their admission to the Folkwang Universität der Kunste in Essen.

June 26, 2021: The videos of ‘own work’ 2021 by our students are available under the media section. These videos were also used for auditions. We are proud of these talented dancers as a team.

June 20, 2021: We welcome new students for the upcoming school year. The students have already started their training and will also be visible online starting from September. There are still spots available for a few new students, and collaboration with secondary education in Nijmegen is going well. Contact us for more information and registration: Liesbeth Wiertz 06-12930944 or

June 17, 2021: We are approaching the end of the 2020-2021 school year. There are already 114 lessons of 75 minutes each available on L BALLET.

June 16, 2021: Restart of physical group training for teachers.

May 31, 2021: Rejected by an HBO dance program but not done with dancing yet? Interested in a good preparatory or professional classical dance education? Register now for the academic year 2021-2022 (limited number of spots available).

May 30, 2021: We congratulate 3 students who have been admitted to the HBO dance education program after training with us for one year. They are: Sanne Vree, Merel Bastiaans, and Ezra van Gijsel. We wish them success! [UPDATE July 16, 2021: They have also been admitted, along with Isis Stamatakos, to the Folkwang Universität der Kunste in Essen].

April 28, 2021: There are now 104 online lessons available, divided into junior, intermediate, advanced, and pointe. There are also 7 methodology videos covering important topics such as turnout, arm usage, fingers, hands, knees, etc.

April 1, 2021: There are now 86 online lessons and 5 methodology videos available.

March 1, 2021: AUDITIONS 2021-2022: Students can now sign up for an audition/test class for the academic year 2021-2022.

December 29, 2020: Christmas break/lockdown. There are 46 lessons available online: 12 junior, 12 intermediate, 12 advanced, and 10 pointe lessons. Fortunately, we have permission from the government and the municipality of Nijmegen to continue training for the live streams and online productions of LBallet. Strict testing and control measures are in place for these professional cultural online productions. It is important to continue the recordings for LBallet for the benefit of students and consumers of LBallet’s online products.

November 21, 2020: After 10 weeks and fortunately being able to restart the teacher training on Thursdays, there are now over 30 online lessons available, divided into 3 levels and 9 pointe lessons.

September 16, 2020: There are already many lessons available on L BALLET with notes. It is intense training for students and production. We hope to have around 40 lessons completed by Christmas. Instagram and other socialmedia platforms will follow. UPDATE: Instagram [lballetinstitute] Check out previews and free lessons on YouTube.

September 4, 2020: Due to high interest in the Thursday morning teacher training, we may have to disappoint some people. We apologize in advance. Let’s hope that the COVID-19 situation will be resolved soon. Registration is mandatory, and you will be added to a WhatsApp group to ensure registration according to RIVM guidelines.

September 1, 2020: We have started with the first group of students/interns/dancers. It’s great to be able to dance again and produce lessons. They are available on L BALLET. There are different memberships available, ideal for (professional) dancers and teachers from ballet schools and dance institutions who want to further explore classical dance technique.

July 16, 2020: The first lessons will start in Nijmegen on Monday, August 31. The first teacher training will be on Thursday, September 3 at 10:00. Registration is necessary for all programs. Have a great vacation!

June 10, 2020: We advise you to sign up for auditions and teacher training in advance. We will keep you informed. There are limited spots available for the training, and the number of spots for the teacher training is not yet known due to COVID-19 guidelines.

June 9, 2020: The teacher subscription and institute subscription will probably be available by the end of August 2020. They will include corresponding lesson method notes for each class. Each lesson will be marked by exercise/explanation and the start of the music so that it can be easily scrolled through on the LBallet website.

June 9, 2020: The Liesbeth Wiertz Dance Institute now has an official website, administrative address, email, and phone number. The Liesbeth Wiertz Dance Institute is located at Molenveldlaan 80, Nijmegen, at Balletstudio Danielle. We are happy to have found this beautiful place.

May 28, 2020: The establishment of the new institute for LBallet recordings and a professional dance education program (the Liesbeth Wiertz Dance Institute) is a fact. It has been decided that all ballet lessons from August 31, 2020, onwards will be taught by Liesbeth in English! Liesbeth has started an English course. The teacher training on Thursdays will be conducted in Dutch and will not be recorded.

May 1, 2020: The daily recordings of online lessons have temporarily ceased. There are 77 online Dutch-language classical ballet lessons recorded with live pianists, divided into 3 levels. Any questions? Email us at or visit

April 24, 2020: We have received great and enthusiastic responses and questions! Unfortunately, we have noticed a high demand for English translations. However, translating everything into English would be a monumental task. Please keep watching, as we are doing our best. Soon, we will stop daily recordings and consider our next steps.

April 13, 2020: Thank you for all the positive responses! We are working hard, and although everything is currently in Dutch, we hope to have all the translations available as soon as possible. Thank you!

March 25, 2020: LBALLET has officially launched. L BALLET is part of QUYLT B.V.

March 19, 2020: Following the COVID-19 measures, Liesbeth Wiertz, Paul Valk, Daniëlle Tunnissen, and Gerard Vogel have developed a plan to offer online ballet lessons through a website.

15 September 2022
We zijn inmiddels van start gegaan in Arnhem met nieuwe en vertrouwde gezichten in de docententrainingen op donderdag van 10:00-11:30 en in de specialisatie modules klassiek ballet voor aankomende docenten op donderdag tussen 12:00-14:00. Deze zijn een logisch vervolg op alle online lessen van LBallet.

We zijn ook nog aan het nagenieten van een fijne week lesgeven en opnemen in Linz, Oostenrijk tussen 4 en 11 september j.l. We hebben daar liefst 21 lessen kunnen geven aan vooropleidingsleerlingen en vakdocenten van het Landes Musik Schulwerk en de Tanz Akademie. Wordt vervolgd want we mogen volgend jaar weer terug komen. Het was geweldig! 

Het wordt vast een geweldig jaar ondanks alle uitdagingen in de wereld. We moeten blijven dansen en ontwikkelen. Een wereld zonder cultuur en dans kan niet. Aan ons zal het niet liggen.

Dank Rozet voor de fijne start en samenwerking.  

Photography  o.a.: Paul Rapp

LBallet Logo design: Henk van der Feest


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