The German Dance Award will be awarded on the 22nd of September 2018 – in the Aalto-Theater Essen. Nordrhein-Westfalen will become a meeting point for the dance scene. The award ceremony’s gala program will present the diversity of dance in Germany, from classical ballet to contemporary dance.


  • The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

    William Forsythe, Ballett Dortmund | Photo: Ursula Kaufmann


  • Deutscher Tanzpreis

    Photo: Ursula Kaufmann


  • reading tosca

    Chr. Toula Limnaios, Photo: Ursula Kaufmann


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 will be the meeting point

Once the dance prize is awarded in Essen on the 22nd of September, the weekend will become a meeting-point for the dance scene in Germany. The dance world from all over Germany will come together in discussions and workshops to debate the latest developments.  What are the qualities of dance? Was does excellence mean? How can dance be made visible as a cultural movement? And how do artists react to social developments?

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

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.