Guiding principles and charter

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. ("Dachverband" = umbrella organisation), formerly Ständige Konferenz Tanz, has been working as an official nationwide platform 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.

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. writes position papers and develops concepts for dance support in Germany. It brings campaigns and initiatives into being and carries them out in its projects. Since 2016 the Dachverband participates in the nationwide funding programs Tanzpakt, Tanzland and Exportförderung Fokus: Tanz.

The Dachverband 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, a unique context of 18 associations exists: 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.


Dachverband Tanz Deutschland

Mariannenplatz 2

10997 Berlin

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.

Tel. +49 30 / 37443392  I 

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.

Tel. +49 30 / 37443392   I 

Bea Kießlinger - Project Management: Cultural-Political Dialogue TANZPAKT

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 - Projektkoordination

Nicole Fiedler - Projektkoordination

Olaf Brando - Buchhaltung

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 takes care of the bookkeeping and supports processes with programme developments.


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 – starting immediately – fill a position of federal volunteer service.

We look forward to your application!

More information on the website of Bundesfreiwilligendienst


Dachverband Tanz Deutschland is happy to permanently offer internship positions.

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

Duration: 2 to 6 months

Documents of application: 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 look forward to your application!

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