Database of dance ensembles in Germany





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Over 60 ballet and dance theatre ensembles work at municipal and state theatres in Germany. Their repertoire ranges from the classics of ballet to contemporary dance. Dance performances are far ahead in the public's favour. Dance enjoys increasing audience numbers. To make this diversity visible beyond local and national borders, to spark curiosity for the world of dance - this is the aim of this website.

In a certain way, the ensemble pages also see themselves as a counterpart to the page, which primarily presents independent contemporary dance in Germany - including choreographers, artist collectives and ensembles.

The page "Ballett- und Tanztheater - Ensembles in Deutschland" is a joint project of the Bundesdeutsche Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektor*innen Konferenz (BBTK) and the German Dance Association (DTD).



The portrait pages are sorted alphabetically according to the respective city in which the ensemble is located.

Ensembles with more than one fixed venue are listed accordingly under several cities. Furthermore, the search function offers the possibility to find the ensembles by their name as well as by the respective city or the respective federal state.

On the ensemble pages you will find photos, their own statement and a short portrait text; the history of the ensemble and the current artistic direction are presented, current and past productions are listed.

Gradually, the section on projects accompanying productions, video and background material is also growing.


The Bundesdeutsche Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektor*innen-Konferenz (BBTK) is a voluntary association of ballet and dance theater directors for the purpose of mutual information and cooperation. The first BBTK took place in 1998 on the initiative of Marc Jonkers and at the invitation of the NRW Landesbüro Tanz in Cologne. This founding meeting was followed by meetings every six months in different cities in Germany, from Saarbrücken to Dresden, from Kiel to Munich. Speakers of the BBTK were Marc Jonkers, Prof. Martin Puttke, Dr. Christiane Theobald, Ivan Liška and since 2017 Tarek Assam.

The BBTK acts as a point of contact for the German Stage Association and the German Cultural Council, offers legal advice for directors and companies, and works on problem areas such as pension provision, professional development, copyright and exploitation issues. It is dedicated to lobbying on a national and European level, and offers help and solidarity in the case of threatened closures as well as start-up assistance for young ballet directors.


The Federal Association of Dance in Germany (in German Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, abbreviation DTD), founded in 2004 as Ständige Konferenz Tanz) has been working as a nationwide platform for artistic dance in Germany since 2006.

Founded out of the awareness of the active founding members that dance must speak with one voice in the political landscape of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Association of Dance today acts as a federation of the outstanding associations and institutions for artistic dance in Germany - overarching aesthetic differences, different modes of production and specific professional fields in dance. 

The association develops position papers and concepts for the promotion of dance in Germany, it realizes campaigns and initiatives and implements them in its projects.