The Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich is the only public training institution for professional dance in Bavaria and has been directed by Prof. Jan Broeckx since 2010. Every year, between 40 and 50 students on the Bachelor's degree course in dance (spread over three years) train in the facilities on Wilhelmstrasse in Munich, as well as around 70 young students who while still at school pursue their particular vocation in ballet. The starting point of the training is the Vaganova method. In addition, the students study national dance, contemporary dance styles, choreography, dance history and dance medicine and present their knowledge in numerous stage practice projects. Since October 2020, the Ballet Academy's pedagogical concept, which focuses on the integral perception of the young dancers, has formed the binding basis of all training work.
The Ballet Academy was founded in 1995 by Konstanze Vernon, the unforgotten Munich ballerina and former director of the Bavarian State Ballet. As early as 1987, Konstanze Vernon had founded the Heinz Bosl Foundation in memory of her long-time dance partner Heinz Bosl, with the aim of further qualifying young dance talents. In order to be able to offer training as part of a degree programme, her commitment resulted in the founding of the Ballet Academy under the umbrella of today's University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. As a cooperation between the Ballet Academy, the Bavarian State Ballet and the Heinz Bosl Foundation, the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich is the important interface to work in a professional company.
The University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM) is one of the most important and diverse training institutions for music, dance and theatre professions in Europe. At five locations in the heart of the cultural City of Munich, more than 1,300 students are trained in over 100 different courses of study for a wide variety of artistic, educational and scientific professions.
The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. (German Dance Association / DTD), formerly Ständige Konferenz Tanz (Continual Dance Conference)), has been working as an official nationwide association for artistic dance in Germany since 2006.
Founded on the awareness of its participants that dance must speak with one voice in the German political landscape, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. currently operates as a network of the most important dance associations and institutions – regardless of any aesthetic differences, varying production methods and specific careers in dance.
The DTD develops position papers and concepts for the promotion of dance in Germany. It brings campaigns and initiatives into being and carries them out in its projects. Since 2016 the organisation has been involved in the nationwide funding programs TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, Tanzland-Fonds for guest performance co-operations and creative transfer. Since 2018 the Dachverband Tanz has been the organizer of the German Dance Award. Since 2020, it has been running the funding programmes DIS-TANZEN, tanz:digital and DIS-TANZ-START (for dance graduates) as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.
Furthermore, the DTD supports the five main German Dance Archives in its continous cooperation. Central questions of dance pedagogyare intensively discussed. It maintains close cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung e.V. (Society for Dance Research) and in 2019 the first round table on dance medicine took place.
The projects of the DTD are funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States as well as foundations, sponsors and donors.