There are many successful projects underway in which children and young people can learn about artistic dance. More and more schools want to offer their students the opportunity to become more familiar with this art form. Likewise, numerous dancers, choreographers, theatres and other institutions have shown growing interest in developing joint dance productions with youngsters.

The Federal Cultural Foundation created Dance Partners, a fund to promote cultural education in dance. With a budget of 2.5 million euros, the fund aimed to support alliances between schools and dance institutions lasting several years.

The goal was to encourage pupils to learn about and experience dance as an art form at actual theatres and dance companies and at the highest artistic level. Institutional access is a key aspect of the project. The intention was not to send artists on an educational mission to schools, but to have pupils team up with artists at their rehearsal and performance venues, become acquainted with their artistic methods, and experience working conditions in the context of a cultural organization. Together with the dancers, the pupils developped productions of their own and made the theatre an integral part of their lives and experience in the process.

The funded projects:
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin / Hector-Petersen-Oberschule
Cocoon Dance Company / 5. Gesamtschule Bonn
Theater Bremen / Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium
Stadttheater Bremerhaven / Marktschule Bremerhaven
Theater Dortmund / Anne-Frank-Gesamtschule
Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf / St. Benedikt Schule
Theater Freiburg, pvc Tanz / Vigelius Grundschule
Tanzcompagnie Gießen / Integrierte Gesamtschule Busecker Tal
K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik / Winterhuder Reformschule
Staatsoper Hannover / Integrierte Gesamtschule Linden
Bayerisches Staatsballett, München / Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium
Perform(d)ance, Stralsund / Integrierte Gesamtschule Grünthal

Interactive map introducing the Dance Partners projects
The interactive map includes selected videos, photos, blog entries, articles and audio files about the projects and premieres. Simply drag your mouse across the map and click on the icons for impressions of the Dance Partners Fund projects.

Jury of experts for the Dance Partners Fund
Prof. Dr. Antje Klinge, professor of Sports Education and Sports Didactics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Ursula Schneider, State Secondary School Elisabeth-Kohn-Street, Munich, principal of „Hauptschule der Freiheit“
Moos van den Broek, artistic director of the dance department at Het Lab in Utrecht (NL)


Madeline Ritter
Diehl + Ritter gUG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Crellestraße 29-30
10827 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 8182 8233


Antonia Lahmé
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Franckeplatz 2
06110 Halle (Saale)
Tel.: +49 (0)345 2997 117
Fax.: +49 (0)345 2997 333