A feast for the dance!

With conference, dance gala and reception the German Dance Award took place on September 22th/23th

  • Tanzpreisträger*innen

    Deutscher Tanzpreis 2018 | Foto: Ursula Kaufmann

  • Nele-Hertling und Reinhild-Hoffmann

    Deutscher Tanzpreis 2018 | Foto: Ursula Kaufmann

  • Prof. M. Puttke, Meg Stuart

    Deutscher Tanzpreis 2018 | Foto: Ursula Kaufmann

  • Ballett Staatstheater Nürnberg

    Deutscher Tanzpreis 2018 | Foto: Ursula Kaufmann

  • Meg Stuart

    Deutscher Tanzpreis 2018 | Foto: Ursula Kaufmann

  • Stuttgarter Ballett

    Deutscher Tanzpreis 2018 | Foto: Ursula Kaufmann

German Dance Award 2019

The dance gala for the German Dance Award 2019 will take place on the 2nd November 2019 at the Aalto Theater Essen

The German Dance Award honors outstanding personalities of dance in Germany. The artistic work of the choreographers and dancers is at the center, but also personalities of pedagogy, journalism, dance science or other areas of dance can be proposed.
In addition, outstanding interpreters and ensembles as well as special developments in the dance scene will be honored. This can refer to future-oriented initiatives, model concepts as well as extraordinary productions.

Soon, the winners of 2019 will be announced here.



A grand history and a new impetus

In 1983, the German Dance Award was awarded for the first time. With this award, the Deutsche Berufsverband für Tanzpädagogik e.V. (DBfT) honoured individuals who have made a special contribution to artistic dance in Germany. From 2004 to 2016, the Förderverein Tanzkunst Deutschland e.V. took over the annual presentation of the prize and was supported by the DBfT as an organizational partner. An impressive overview of the winners can be found here.

In 2017, the German Dance Award was handed over to Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. as the future representative. This umbrella association will carry out the award ceremony in close cooperation with the city of Essen. The German Dance Award is sponsored by the city of Essen, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, with funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


Winners of the German Dance Award

The GERMAN DANCE AWARD 2018 will be received by the dramaturge and dance networker, Nele Hertling.

Dance Award for extraordinary Development in Dance
The ballet of Staatstheater Nürnberg will be honoured for an extraordinary development in dance.

Dance Award for extraordinary Artists
The jury is honouring the choreographer Meg Stuart and her company Damaged Goods as extraordinary artists.

Essen is the meeting point of the dance scene

Artists, dance makers and dance enthusiasts from all over Germany came to the conference "The Future of Dance" in Essen. Almost 1,000 guests saw in the Aalto Theater a unique, deliberately unconventional program of classical music, expressive dance, dance theater and contemporary dance, designed by international guests, ensembles from Germany and alumni of Folkwang University.
See some impressions here. Next year, the German Dance Prize will be awarded in autumn in the Aalto Theater.

Deutsche Berufsverband für Tanzpädagogik and Dachverband Tanz Deutschland held their annual meetings this weekend in Essen.