Dance in Germany

There are one million ways to dance – here is an introduction.

Whether you are searching for dance performances in your region, seeking ballet schools in your neighborhood, looking for overview of the artistic landscape or want to find information about support for your next artistic project – we try to stay on top of things and direct you to the most important websites. 

You can find our questions, numbers and facts about dance in Germany here.

A diverse dance landscape

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.


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.