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.
The DTD has achieved a lot in recent years to strengthen the perception of dance through cultural policy at the federal, state and local levels. Dance support programs of the federal government have been strengthened, newly initiated and implemented by the DTD. The networking of the dance scene via various discussion formats and projects has become more intensive, formats and platforms for information and regular professional exchange have been developed. With the German Dance Award we can communicate the diversity of dance and the qualities of this art form nationwide. So far, the DTD has been most successful in promoting artistic dance, for independent dance professionals and for ensembles at municipal and state theaters.
Furthermore the DTD accompanies the dance scene in other fields of work: The DTD supports the five main German Dance Archives in its continous cooperation. Central questions of dance pedagogyare intensively discussed. The Association for Dance Science e.V. is supported by our office.