German Dance Award 2020

German Dance Award 2020
16th and 17th of October 2020 in Essen

The honours of the German Dance Award will be awarded on Friday, 16th of October 2020. The Dance Gala for the German Dance Award 2020 will take place on Saturday, 17th of October 2020 in the Aalto-Theater Essen.

The conference POSITIONS: DANCE #3 will accompany the whole event on 16th and 17th of October. 

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.


IMPRESSIONEN Deutscher Tanzpreis 2019



Gert Weigelt
receives the German Dance Award 2019

Isabelle Schad
receives an award for outstanding artistic developments in contemporary dance

Jo Parkes
receives an award for outstanding artistic developments in social and participatory dance projects

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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.