Lucy Costelloe
Founder of Costelloe Dance Foundation and Director of CDF Activities
Lucy grew up in Manchester in the north of England and took her first ballet lesson at the age of three. At five, she attended the Northern Ballet School as a Junior Associate.
She made her debut at the age of eight, appearing in the Royal Ballet Company’s Prince of the Pagodas, at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. As a child she went on to appear in several stage performances, including Nutcracker and various showcases at the Dancehouse, Manchester.

She continued her dance training alongside her academic schooling (All Saints RC High School, Cheshire), but at sixteen, finally left school, and joined Northern Ballet School full time on a professional Musical Theatre and Dance Teacher Training course. For the next three years, Lucy was to undergo a thorough, all-round dance training program, as well as obtaining her teaching associate exams in ballet, modern, tap and national, and written papers in dance history, anatomy and music.

At seventeen, in her second year of college, Lucy created her first choreography for the stage. “Warriors” was entered into an internal choreography competition, and after winning first place, was again performed at the Northern Ballet School’s Dance Showcase at the Dancehouse, Manchester. Lucy discovered a new talent, and several months later was approached by Opera & Ballet International, who commissioned a choreography for their production of Nabucco. This was to tour the UK, including performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It was very successful, and Lucy went on to choreograph the UK tour of Aida, one year later.

In July 2000, the nineteen year old graduated from Northern Ballet School and was presented the award for Choreographic Excellence. She soon left England to join the cast of Hunchback of Notre Dame for a European tour.

The tour took Lucy to Vienna. Here she stayed and began to teach at various schools, later becoming Director of Dance at Vienna Musical School. For two years she worked free-lance, dancing, teaching and choreographing in and around Vienna, working in a variety of areas, from commercial projects for MTV to Operetta at the Herbert von Karajan Zentrum. In Autumn 2003, she left Vienna to join the ensemble of Tanz der Vampire and moved to Hamburg.

She loved Hamburg immediately and a short time later, Lucy was offered a contract to teach tap dance at the Joop van den Ende Academy, which she happily accepted. Shortly after, Lucy was approached again from Stage Entertainment to assist with the auditions for the World Premiere of Dirty Dancing, planned to open also in Hamburg. It wasn´t long before she was offered a contract as Dance Captain for the production, and during this time, Lucy has choreographed and directed several large promotions for the production, including the Dutch Musical Awards, Lets Dance, and Eurovision Dance Contest.

Upon leaving Dirty Dancing, Lucy set herself up as a free-lance, Hamburg based artist, and as such she has projects in many fields of her business on the go; she has choreographed two touring musical productions of her own and continues to choreograph for various Musical Theatre companies and institutions; she manages and directs many private and corporate events; she is on the jury for the Austrian Showdance Union, judging International children’s dance competitions; she teaches in all the leading professional musical institutions of Hamburg and gives open classes to children and adults alike; she has opened an artists agency to help newcomers into the world of musical theatre, and from time to time she can be found back on the musical stage herself, most recently at the Freilichtspiele Tecklenburg; in the summer of 2011 she appeared in Gershwin’s 1930’s tap dance musical, “Crazy For You” and in 2012 returned to the stage for productions of “Hairspray” and “Marie Antoinette”.

In addition to her artistic free-lancing, Lucy continues to work on the Costelloe Dance Foundation (CDF), to support dance, culture and education for children, and to raise funds to establish a facility which is dedicated to the success and growth of Germany’s dance and entertainment industries. In September 2008, CDF produced its first major fundraising event, “DANCE!” Benefiz Gala, which was performed at the TUI Operettenhaus in Hamburg. Hundreds of renowned artists from all over the world assembled in Hamburg to support the cause, and the evening was a complete success, the profits of which were used to establish the Foundation and to cover the initial start-up costs for the long journey ahead.

Lucy continues to live and work in Hamburg as a teacher, choreographer and dancer, and can be reached by email at

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