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


Press Release 23 November 2022 (German)

Application for Funding (Companies) until 23 December 2022

► New Funding Principles are Online

► Symposium Dance Education in Transition


DIS-TANZ-START supports career starting dancers joining the professional dance scene in Germany after their training. Formal and non-formal training can both be accepted. Permanent employments (subject to social insurance contributions) with publicly run ballet and dance theatre companies in Germany (►website) as well as with established companies in the independent German dance scene can be funded. In addition, further training and exchange events are offered. Requirements include a residence in Germany and the qualification as a career starting dancer. In general the graduation should not be earned before 2019.

Emerging dancers who are interested in participating should inform themselves about the target groups. On this subsite you will find further formal requirements for registration and a list of the evidence that must be provided. Further information and requirements for interested or participating companies/theatres can be found here, in the funding principles or in the FAQ. We are available for individual consultation appointments. You will find contact details under Service/Consulting.

Getting Together and Making Application

Registered dancers and companies/theatres can get together on their own initiative at any time. Alternatively, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland provides lists of participants. At the request of the registered dancers and at the request of the companies/theatres, it will also provide the application documents and contact details of the applicants. The companies/theatres decide for themselves how many and which additional young dancers they can engage.


Career entrants are asked to apply for registration so that the formal requirements for funding can be reviewed. If the review is successful, they are added to the list of participants and can then start a DIS-TANZ-START funded engagement.

Companies/theatresregister via the form. Afterwards, their (selected) information will also be published in the list of participants in order to make it easier to find a match. Having found one, they declare their intention to engage certain graduates/young dancers using a template and can then submit the funding application.

Further education offerings and events for graduates and career entrants are part of DIS-TANZ-START and are available to all participants. Workshops and exchange meetings are currently planned until the end of the year 2022. Further information and registration for the events can be read here.

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.