Funding Programme for Emerging Dancers

DIS-TANZ-START is part of NEUSTART KULTUR, an initiative of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


► The EMERGING DANCE ARTISTS Knowledge Platform is Online

► Evaluation: The Finale Report (with a Summery in English) is Online

► Documenation of the national conference FORUM BERUFSEINSTIEG TANZ

Press and Media

DIS-TANZ-START supports emerging dancers joining the professional dance scene in Germany after their studies/training. Formal and non-formal training can both be accepted.

All registered dancers can participate in the further training and exchange events. More information about the councelling and qualification programme can be found here. The registration process is closed.

In addition, our funded dancers had the possibility to get offered a socially insured engagement in public ballet and dance theatre companies in Germany (►website) as well as with established companies in the independent German dance scene until June/July 2023. Due to the end of NEUSTART KULTUR the application process for this is closed.

Requirements for a registration in the programme included a residence in Germany and the qualification as a career starting dancer. The professional dance training must not have been completed before 2019.

Dance Support Programme

DIS-TANZ-START complements the funding programme DIS-TANZEN, which is also supported by the German Dance Association: DIS-TANZ-SOLO is aimed at freelance creative-dance artists and DIS-TANZ-IMPULS at dance schools and dance education in cultural institutions. Together with the funding programmes TANZPAKT RECONNECT and NPN – STEPPING OUT, DIS-TANZEN forms the dance support programme as part of “Neustart Kultur”, an initiative of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



The multi-billion rescue programme NEUSTART KULTUR is supporting the relaunch of cultural life in Germany through supporting very different areas of culture and the media. The focus is primarily on cultural institutions. They are to be enabled to reopen their venues and resume programmes in order to offer artists and creatives prospects for employment and the future.


Further information on NEUSTART KULTUR can be found here.

German Dance Association

Since 2006 the German Dance Association (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland) has been working as a nationwide platform for artistic dance in Germany. Founded on the awareness of the players, that dance must speak with one voice in the political landscape of the Federal Republic, it today functions as an association of outstanding organisations, institutions and people for artistic dance in Germany.


Further information can be found here.