DANCEWORKS berlin was founded on May 6th 1986 under the name of the Association for the Advancement of Modern Dance. Quickly, DANCEWORKS managed to establish itself as an educational institution for highly qualified and professional dancers. During the years the school grew to become the oldest dance education institution in Berlin, was officially recognized by the Land Berlin as a vocational school and entered the school register. In 2016, DANCEWORKS celebrated its 30th anniversary.


The continuous work of representatives, from the area of classical, modern and contemporary dance as well as from the educational area have contributed and guaranteed the success of DANCEWORKS, which has facilitated the offering of an interdisciplinary education programme. Through the provision of a wide spectrum of disciplines, our dance students are equipped with versatile experience, applicable in various fields and are thereby enabled to pave their individual way to the practice of their chosen profession.


In alignment with the developments in the cultural sector over the last years, particularly in the field of dance, DANCEWORKS has increasingly specialized in the education of contemporary dancers. Consequently, the practical and theoretical teaching content in both the three-year education programme and the therewith connected pre-education programme "Tanz als Beruf" ("Dance as Profession") have been structured so that students, immediately upon graduation, will have achieved the necessary level of maturity to be employed by state theaters and independent dance companies.


Since September 2016, Lars Anderstam as the new director of the school, continues to lead DANCEWORKS in line with its longstanding tradition and innovative input. With his expansive experience as a school director in the field of public and private education, he focuses on the students and on facilitating their artistic development through on the one hand, dance technique, and on the other, practical work with established choreographers, as to ensure that the goal of 'being on stage' is achieved.


You are welcome to visit us anytime, whether it be to watch our performances, to participate in our auditions or just for some information on our work. We would like to particularly extend an invitation to those who are interested in completing a professional dance education and who thereby would like to share our love and passion for dance and various creative forms of development and expression.


©Julian Lück | Giuliana Kolling