Founder

Ulrich Roehm was born in 1933 in Essen. He studied under Kurt Jooss at the Folkwangschule in Essen until the masterclass. His first assignment was at the Ballet de Wallonie, today the Ballet Royal de Wallonie, as Premier Danseur Etoile. There, from 1958 to 1962, he interpreted the male lead roles in great classical ballets such as “Giselle”, “Romeo and Juliet” or “Swan Lake” in productions of the former Danseur Etoile of the legendary Ballets Russes de Montre-Carlo, George Skibine, at that time Director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

In 1962, he accepted an invitation as Principle Dancer of the Ballett of the Municipal Theatre of the City of Essen while, in addition, appearing as a guest dancer at the "FOLKWANG BALLETT" which had been recently founded by Kurt Jooss.

From 1962 through to 1969, Ulrich Roehm made guest performances with the "Folkwang Ballett" in Berlin (East and West), Dresden, Paris, Brussels, London (plus BBC-TV with the "Green Table"), Rome, Salzburg Festival, Milan and Venice and many more in England, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands in the ballet “The Green Table” by Kurt Jooss, as well as in other choreographies by Jooss, Lucas Hoving and Antony Tudor, Hans Zuellig. During these years he made further guest appearances at the Ballet de Wallonie, at the ballet of the state opera in Zagreb and at various venues in the Ruhr District as well at the "Ruhr-Festspiele Recklinghausen". In 1968, he took part in a Jooss-choreography at the Salzburger Festspiele.

Following an offer from the National Ballet of Canada, Ulrich Roehm moved with his family to Toronto in 1969. In Canada, Ulrich Roehm began his paedagogical work – there, he founded three ballet studios. After completing the examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London, he became a member of the Academy (A.R.A.D. Associated Member of the RAD). From 1975 through to 2002, Ulrich Roehm was representative for the RAD in Germany and Austria, honoured at his retirement from this position with the very exceptional honour of the "Fellowship of the RAD" and became "Patron of the RAD-Germany/Austria/Switzerland". In addition, he was belonging to the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

After his return from Canada, Ulrich Roehm opened his own ballet studio, “Ballett Studio Roehm” in Essen in 1973, which he directed for over thirty years.

It was in the year 1983 that Ulrich Roehm was able to realize the idea of an "Honourable Award" for dance – and so "The German Dance Award" was born.

Shortly after this, from 1984/5, Roehm initiated and co-organised the first Folkwang Festival in Essen.

Since his founding of the German Dance Award, Ulrich Roehm has contributed to the founding of several cultural organisations. He is founding director and initiator of Deutscher Berufsverband für Tanzpädagogik e.V (then under the name “Verband der Ballettschulen in Deutschland”), for which he has been First Chairman for 40 years; founding director and honorary member of Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., as well as honorary chairman and life-long advisory board member of Förderverein Tanzkunst Deutschland e.V.. From its founding in 2006 to 2014, board member as well as of 2014 honorary member of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V., which now represents the German Dance Award.

Roehm is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Conseil International de la Danse C.I.D.D./UNESCO, Paris; Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V., member of the German Council for the Performing Arts and Dance, for which he was Deputy speaker for several years, and member of the Cultural Advisory Committee of the city of Essen.

From the Bundesverdienstkreuz in 1995, to the German Dance Award in 2013, these last two decades have seen Ulrich Roehm being honoured for his contributions to the German cultural landscape.