Dance in Germany
There are millions of ways to dance and to see and to enjoy dance - here you can find a way to get started. Whether you are looking for dance performances in your region or you want to get an overview of the artistic landscape or you are an artist looking for information on funding. We try to keep track and guide you to the most important websites that inform you about initiative, supporting programs, conferences and the German Dance Award. Our questions, facts and figures about dance in Germany can be found here. Please also check our projects and themes to learn more about various topics connected to dance and dance education.
Germany has a diverse dance landscape. Approximately 60 ensembles at city and state theaters, 1000 independent groups and 10,000 protagonists work professionally in the field of artistic dance. Dance at public theaters receives about 100 million EUR funding per year; approximately 10 million flow into independent productions.
Dance belongs to our society – it is a part of cultural education programs and the creative economy, plays a role in research projects, is recreation and a part of physical and creative fitness for hundreds of thousands of people.
Who dances where in Germany? Where do I find dance lessons, where can I get a professional education? What are the best Dance in Schools projects? What is “state of the art” in the dance sciences? How does dance medicine not only protect professional dancers’ health, but also advance research into health through movement? How many objects and documents do the German dance archives have on file?
There is still no compact overview about dance in Germany. You can find a lot of information from other sources, such as statistics from the Deutsche Bühnenverein (German Stage Association) or publications from the Bundesverband Freier Theater’s (Federal Association of Independent Theaters), the Fonds Darstellende Künste or the International Theater Institute. Fortunately, the members and partners of the Dachverband Tanz Germany are working on a publication on dance in Germany – with numbers and facts from the world of artistic dance.
You can find introductory information and concepts about “the maps of dance” in Germany at the links listed below.
Der Dachverband Tanz Deutschland hat im Februar 2021 eine Umfrage zur Situation freier Tanzschaffender im Kontext der Pandemie durchgeführt. Die Ergebnisse der deskriptiven Auswertung der Umfrage stellen wir hier in einem PDF zur Verfügung. 570 Fragebögen wurden ausgewertet und geben u.a Einblicke, welche Hilfsmaßnahmen es gab und wie sie angenommen wurden.
What are the Dachverband Tanz’s issues, and how does it intend to reach its goals? Since its founding, the Dachverband has made its objectives the subject of discussion in concept texts and formulated the guidelines for its actions on a regular basis.
At the beginning (2006), the “10 Handlungsmaxime für den Tanz” (The 10 Guidelines for Action in Dance) were published. In 2010, the most important issues were formulated in the “Bundesweiten Initiative Tanz” and then realized in the “Initiative Tanz” program. The goal of a structured system of support for dance is now formulated in the framework concept of the “Bund-Länder-Initiative Tanz”.
In the category “Dance Texts”, documents have been collected that formulate future issues and develop problem-solving visions.
Dachverband Tanz Deutschland supports the initiative Dancersconnect. Dancersconnect is a neutral and informal platform for professional dancers in ballet and dance ensembles as well as the independent dance scene in Germany. In addition to mutual solidarity, dancersconnect places a strong focus on the artists' responsibility as a contributor within society. Please find more information here: www.dancersconnect.de
Everything starts with movement – an instinct we all have – and dance is movement refined to communicate. Much as flawless technique is important and impressive, it is ultimately what the dancer expresses inside the movement that is the essence.
As dancers, we are constantly on the move, aspiring to create these unforgettable moments. Regardless of the dance genre, it’s what every dancer strives to achieve. So, when all of a sudden, we aren’t allowed to perform anymore, with theatres closed and festivals cancelled, our worlds come to a standstill. No physical contact. No shows. No audiences. Never in recent history has the dance community been so collectively challenged to stay motivated, to find our raison d’être.
Yet, it is precisely when something precious has been taken away from us that we truly appreciate how vital it is what we do, and how much dance means to society at large. Dancers are often celebrated for their physical prowess, when in fact we are sustained even more by our mental strength. I believe it is this unique combination of physical and psychological agility that will help us overcome, to reinvent ourselves to keep dancing, and to keep inspiring.