Guiding principles and statute of the association

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. (Abbreviation DTD / "Dachverband" = umbrella organisation), formerly Ständige Konferenz Tanz, has been working as an official nationwide association for artistic dance in Germany since 2006. 

Founded on the awareness of its participants that dance must speak with one voice in the German political landscape, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. currently operates as a network of the most important dance associations and institutions – regardless of any aesthetic differences, varying production methods and specific careers in dance.

The Dachverband Tanz develops position papers and concepts for the promotion of dance in Germany. It brings campaigns and initiatives into being and carries them out in its projects. Since 2016 the organisation has been involved in the nationwide funding programs TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, Tanzland-Fonds for guest performance co-operations and creative transfer. Since 2018 the Dachverband Tanz has been the organizer of the German Dance Award.

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland has achieved a lot in recent years to strengthen the perception of dance through cultural policy at the federal, state and local levels. Dance support programs of the federal government have been strengthened, newly initiated and implemented by the DTD. The networking of the dance scene via various discussion formats and projects has become more intensive, formats and platforms for information and regular professional exchange have been developed. With the German Dance Award we can communicate the diversity of dance and the qualities of this art form nationwide.

So far, the Dachverband Tanz has been most successful in promoting artistic dance, for independent dance professionals and, in perspective, also for ensembles at municipal and state theaters.

Furthermore the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland accompanies the dance scene in other fields of work: The DTD supports the five main German Dance Archives in its continous cooperation. Central questions of dance pedagogy are intensively discussed. The Association for Dance Science e.V. is supported by our office.

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland is open for further members. It seeks close cooperation with national associations, institutions and lobbyists for the performing arts.



Margrit Bischof (1. Vorsitzende der Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung)

Anja Hauschild (Ärztin und Vorstandsmitglied von Tanzmedizin Deutschland)

Heide-Marie Härtel (Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen)

Dr. Klaus Kieser (Manager des Saarländischen Staatsballetts und Mitglied der Bundesdeutschen Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektoren Konferenz)

Helge Letonja (freier Choreograf, steptext dance project)

Guido Markowitz (Ballettdirektor Ballett Pforzheim)

Justo Moret (Tanzpädagoge und Vorstandsmitglied des Deutschen Berufsverbandes für Tanzpädagogik)

Bertram Müller (ehem. Leiter des tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf)

Claudia Feest - Mandat ruht (Tanzpädagogin und Vorstandsmitglied des Bundesverbandes Tanz in Schulen)


The head office of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. is located in Kunstquartier Bethanien (art center) in Berlin. Here 18 associations - including institutions and artist groups from the areas of dance and theater, galleries, ateliers, rehearsal studios, venues, as well as a media library for dance and theater - form a unique artistic and cultural environment.


Dachverband Tanz Deutschland

Mariannenplatz 2

10997 Berlin, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)30 / 37 44 33 92




Michael Freundt - Managing Director

Michael Freundt studied theatre science, philosophy and dance science at the theatre academy "Hans Otto" and the university of Leipzig. He worked as a freelance journalist and critic, among others for zitty, Wochenpost, Theater der Zeit and Berliner Zeitung. He belonged to the directors' team of numerous independent theatre projects and worked for euro-scene Leipzig from 1997 till 2002. After his collaboration on productions in the genres of theatre, dance and ancient music Michael Freundt became deputy managing director of Internationales Theater Institut (ITI) - Zentrum Deutschland at the beginning of 2003. Since 2004, Michael Freundt has been involved in the meetings of Ständige Konferenz Tanz, he coordinated its development into a registered association, and in March 2006 was named managing director of SK Tanz, now called Dachverband Tanz Deutschland

Christina Menne - Office management

Christina Menne completed her training as a dancer and dance teacher at Rotterdamse Dansacademie, the school for dance and theater in the Netherlands, and at the dance school in Leipzig. Since then she has worked as dancer, director, choreographer and dance teacher in various theatres and institutions both at home and abroad, among others at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Städtische Bühnen Münster, Stadttheater Konstanz, Luxor Theater Rotterdam and Musical Theater Füssen. Before the birth of her second daughter she was the director of the dance department at Heinrich-Schütz-Konservatorium in Dresden, advisor for Verband Deutscher Musikschulen Landesverband Sachsen e.V. in the area of dance, as well as mentor for the subject of dance education in modern dance, childrens' dance and jazz dance at Palucca-Schule Dresden - Hochschule für Tanz. In collaboration with mime centrum in Berlin, she started the childrens' dance project “Kindertanzprojekt Bethanien” at Kunstquartier Bethanien. Since 2012, she has been office manager of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

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Alexa Junge - Public relations

Alexa Junge studied Ethnology and Religion at Freie Universität Berlin and at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with the focus on Hinduism, Medical Anthropology and Dance. Since 2007, she has worked in the area of culture management, among others as assistant to the artistic and organizational direction of Zukunft@BPhil, the education department of the Berlin Philharmonic, and at Tanzplan Potsdam: artists in residence teaching and research program at fabrik Potsdam. Since 2007, she has worked freelance in the area of dance at the International Theaterinstitut ITI Germany. Since 2013, she has been responsible for public relations at Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and for office management at the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung.

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Marie-Therese Schulte - Collaborator for the project Dis-Tanzen, Public relations

 Marie-Therese Schulte, maiden name Volkmer, works for the DTD since November 2020 as a member of the DIS-TANZEN program. Prior to that she was Personal Assistant to the President of the Berlin University of the Arts with a focus on press and communication. From 2008 to 2016 she worked as press officer for the Berlin State Ballet. Subsequently, she was head of press and public relations for events such as the "Classic Open Air" at the Berlin Gendarmenmarkt. Until she completed her master's degree in "Arts-and Media Administration" at the Free University of Berlin, she also worked for private and public broadcasters.

Bea Kießlinger - Project Management: Cultural-Political Dialogue TANZPAKT

Bea Kießlinger

Bea Kießlinger studied architecture in Stuttgart and taught at TU Stuttgart on the subject of movement and space. In her work she has now been concentrating on contemporary dance for 20 years, as director of cultural institutions, networker, manager of artistic projects, curator, dramatic advisor, jury member and stakeholder for contemporary dance.

From 1998 till 2007 she led Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt e.V. Ludwigsburg, was managing director of the German dance platform in Stuttgart in 2006 and worked with Theaterhaus Stuttgart as artistic director. 2009 she founded the regional network TanzSzene BW with the goal of supporting dance in Baden-Württemberg in its structure and content. At Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, Bea Kießlinger was on the executive board from 2010 till 2017, is a member of the initiative Stadt-Land-Bund and manages among other things the networking project InfoPlus.

Jana Grünewald - Project Coordinator

Nicole Fiedler - Project Coordinator

Clara Manderscheid - Projektmitarbeiterin

Clara Manderscheid absolvierte ein Tanzstudium an der Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, wo sie u.a. mit den Choreograph*innen Szu-Wei Wu, Mark Sieczkarek und Rainer Behr zusammenarbeitete. Nach ihrem Bachelorabschluss im Jahr 2017 nahm sie ein Masterstudium der Tanzwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin auf. Am Institut für Theaterwissenschaft war sie zudem als Studentische Hilfskraft im Rahmen des DFG-Sonderforschungsprojekts „Awareness. Techniken der Vergegenwärtigung und subjektive Wiederaneignung von Zeit in zeitgenössischem Tanz“ bei Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter tätig. Seit 2019 arbeitet sie als Projektmitarbeiterin bei Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Corinna Weber - Collaborator for the project Dis-Tanzen, Editor

Corinna Weber studied Theater- and Dance Science, Communication and Media Science and American Studies at the University of Leipzig and at the University Paris Nanterre X in France. Already during her studies she worked as a student assistant for the department of Theater Science and for the Dance Archive in Leipzig. Since 2010 she has been working for theaters in the fields of (dance)dramaturgy, project coordination and public relations. Her employers have included the Berlinale Film Festival, Schauspiel Leipzig, Theater Osnabrück, Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and Volkstheater Rostock. Stays abroad led her to Canada and New Zealand. To contribute to the international networking of the theater and dance scene between Germany and Canada/USA is her personal mission.

Janna Kleinknecht - Collaborator for the project Dis-Tanzen

[Translate to English:] Janna Kleinknecht

 Janna Kleinknecht has worked as a professional dancer and dance teacher for the Ernst Deutsch Theater, the Studio Bühne of the State Opera and the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg as well as for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and the Philharmonic Orchestra Luxembourg. She studied cultural sciences, business psychology and religion at the Leuphana University Lüneburg (B.A.) and at the Humboldt University Berlin (M.A.). After assistences in directing and dramaturgy at K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Henschel Schauspiel und Theater Verlag and at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Janna Kleinknecht worked on projects for the Goethe Institut Tunis and the Berlin Art Week. After a contract with Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH (parental leave step in), she has been employed as a project collaborator for the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since October 2020.

Emma Heidelbach - Project Collaborator

Nicola von Stillfried - Projektmitarbeiterin

Nicola von Stillfried

Nach einem Sprach- und Literaturstudium in Berlin mit Aufenthalten in Barcelona und Caracas übernahm Nicola von Stillfried die Produktion am Theater am Halleschen Ufer (HAU 2) und begann dort mit dem Aufbau eines internationalen Künstlermanagements. Bei der Mailänder Produktionsfirma Change Performing Arts produzierte und distribuierte sie interdisziplinäre Koproduktionen für Theaterhäuser und Festivals weltweit. Sie arbeitete als Assistentin für GLITZ. Contemporary Art Project und als PR- und Medienmanagerin für Schweizer Auftraggeber in Deutschland. Ab Dezember 2020 widmet sich Nicola von Stillfried im Produktionsbüro des Dachverbandes wieder dem Tanz.

Olaf Brando - Accounting

A Hamburger in Berlin. As senior bookkeeper he is at home in the world of finance and accounting as well as computer science. Controller, IT and commercial manager, business consultant are his career stages. At the office, Olaf Brando takes care of the bookkeeping and supports processes with programme developments.

Susanne Schade - Administration

Sabine Stemmann - Administration

Claudia Stoleru - Trainee



Sophia Herzog - Trainee



Dachverband Tanz Deutschland is pleased to continuously offer internship positions.

Possible tasks: Research, editing, collaboration in projects

Requirements: general interest in the subjects of dance and cultural politics on a national level.

Duration: 3 months

Apllication documents: CV in tabular form and short motivational text with preferred time frame.

If you are interested in applying, please send us your documents via e-mail or postal delivery. The next step would be a personal meeting in which we will define the core subjects and tasks of your internship.

We are looking forward to your application!

Contact person: Christina Menne – c.menne(at)

Federal Volunteer Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst)

There is usually the possibility to work with Dachverband Tanz Deutschland in the context of federal volunteer service – under the condition that you are at least 27 years old.

At the moment we can fill a position of federal volunteer service.

We look forward to your application!

More information on the website of Bundesfreiwilligendienst