Since 2018, the German Dance Prize has been awarded by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, jointly sponsored by the City of Essen, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Since 2018, the main prize has been endowed with 20,000 euros. Two honors are usually awarded, which are endowed with 5,000 euros.

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland is the nationwide platform for artistic dance in Germany - here dance associations, important institutions and outstanding personalities speak with one voice.