Target Groups

DIS-TANZ-START aims at graduated dancers living in Germany and graduating in the years 2019 to 2022 from state or state-recognised dance training institutions in Germany, including:

Ballettschule des Hamburg Ballett
Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Ballett-Akademie
Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz, Berlin
John-Cranko-Schule, Stuttgart
Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden
Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim / Akademie des Tanzes

and further training institutions

Career entrants with a non-formal training in special aesthetics of contemporary dance in which no state-recognised training is offered in Germany, or disabled dancers who could not complete a state-recognised training due to barriers, can be registered if alternative evidence is provided instead of a formal certificate.

Proof of residence in Germany must be provided either at the time of application or at the time of graduation.

Please note: Dancers who have already been engaged in a fixed company/theatre for two or more years (one-year-internship or full membership) are unfortunately not eligible for DIS-TANZ-START funding.


In special cases exceptions are possible:

  • If graduating before 2019, a justification is required as to why the dancer considers him/herself to be an early career dancer.
  • In the case of training completed abroad, a clear biographical or artistic-practical conjunction with Germany must be proved.

Applications of these people will be reviewed by an expert group also.

Further information on the exceptions can be found in the FAQ.

In addition, students/trainees from German dance training institutions can also be registered, when they are in their final year. However, compulsory internships within the framework of DIS-TANZ-START can be supported financially only in consultation with the German Dance Association, the training institution and the company, as requirements in the study regulations, working conditions and framework conditions need to be clarified in every single case. We are happy to answer further questions from or about students individually.

Notes for those interested with a

  • graduation certificate (formal training)

    graduation certificate (formal training)

    Graduates of dance training/study courses from German universities or state-recognised vocational schools with a final certificate from the years 2019 to 2021.

    Evidence to be submitted:

    • Scan of the identity card / passport / German “Aufenthaltstitel” (both pages) and, if applicable, of the official registration certificate (all merged into one PDF)
    • Scan of the graduation certificate (the date of the final examination must be clearly visible)
    • for degrees before 2019: scan of the written justification on the definition as an entering professional
    • CV


  • timely graduation certificate (formal training)

    timely graduation certificate (formal training)

    Dance students/trainees in the field of dance at German universities/state-recognised vocational schools who are in their final year:

    Evidence to be submitted:

    • Scan of the identity card / passport / German “Aufenthaltstitel” (both pages) and, if applicable, of the official registration certificate (all merged into one PDF)
    • Scan of the enrolment certification/certificate of training or a current transcript of records (the issue must be clearly visible)
    • CV



  • non-formal training (without certificate)

    non-formal training (without certificate)

    Those entering the profession with non-formal training in certain dance aesthetics or styles that are not taught as a main subject at German universities or state-recognised vocational schools, and in which no final examination could or can be taken.

    Evidence to be submitted (please also note the check list):

    • Scan of the identity card / passport / German “Aufenthaltstitel” (both pages) - for applicants of foreign nationalities: in addition the official registration certificate of the local authority in Germany
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Scan of a detailed letter of recommendation from the dance scene in Germany
    • dance video / showreel / further video links (only internet-address(es) and login-details)
    • motivational text

If you have further questions or if you are unsure whether to apply for registration, we will be happy to counsel.