School & Dance

Dance must become an integral part of the school curriculum! This is the central aim of our collaboration with Düsseldorf schools. Dance invites us to so many, and so many new, perspectives, offering a high level of community building beyond language, inspiring and aiding us, in the best cases, to endure even contradictions. We are well on our way, enabled by nationally renowned projects like Take-off: Junger Tanz (Take-off: Young Dance) with 10 Düsseldorf partner schools and numerous Düsseldorf culture and education partners.

What moves us

Our programme? Regular dance classes for pupils, performance and rehearsal visits at tanzhaus nrw, collaborative festival formats with other theatres, activities during school breaks, project weeks, research phases on guest performances and productions as well as advanced training courses for teachers. Great opportunities lie in this wealth of possibilities of experiencing dance that arose from a longstanding connection with numerous partners in cultural education: The close intertwining between educational and artistic content. Special (agency) formats on topics such as inclusion or digitisation & physicality complement our activities. This engagement is possible because of Take-off: Junger Tanz, a longterm network, that was initiated by tanzhaus nrw, and funded by the City of Düsseldorf and the Country of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Additionally, tanzhaus nrw offers extracurricular dance and theatre projects via national initiatives Chance Tanz (Dance Opportunity) and Wege ins Theater (Paths to Theatre). They address children and youths who grow up in socially, financially or educationally precarious circumstances. The projects, initiated by Bundesverband Tanz in Schulen e.V. (Federal Association for Dance at Schools) and ASSITEJ (The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), received significant support within the programme Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung (Culture Empowers. Alliances for Education).

tanzende Jugendliche


Among the Düsseldorf partner schools are:  Theodor-Andresen-Schule (Förderschwerpunkt Geistige Entwicklung), LVR-Gerricus-Schule (Förderschwerpunkt Hören und Kommunikation), LVR-Gerricus-Kita (Förderschwerpunkt Hören und Kommunikation), LVR-Schule am Volksgarten (Förderschwerpunkt körperliche und motorische Entwicklung), Montessori Grundschule am Farnweg, Willi-Fährmann Grundschule, Grund- und Hauptschule Rather Kreuzweg, Realschule Friedrichstadt, Hauptschule Bernburger Straße, Katholische Hauptschule Itterstraße, Katholische Hauptschule Sankt Benedikt, Heinrich-Heine-Gesamtschule, Gesamtschule Stettiner Straße, Franz-Marc-Schule, Goethe Gymnasium, Gymnasium Schmiedestraße und das Wim-Wenders-Gymnasium. Nettetal Comprehensive School is among the associated schools.

The tight collaboration between schools and tanzhaus nrw is made possible through the work of numerous instructors, among them Takao Baba, Marie-Zoe Buchholz, Bouni, Franky Dee, Tanja Emmerich, Ivana Kisic, Misael López, Carlo Melis, Miro, Nora Pfahl, Sabine Seume, Sonia Reischel, Salvatore Romano, Andreas Simon, Irena Vujicic und Annika Wolf.

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Creating networks

This is also part of our everyday work: Creating networks. We cooperate with MusenkussKulturrucksack NRW, Düsseldorfer Netzwerk Kulturelle Bildung, JeKitsKulturagentenLandesbüro Tanz Köln – Tanzvermittlung, Kultur & Schule-Programme der Stadt Düsseldorf and Landes NRWLAG TanzAktion TanzASSITEJ and sports partner ship e.V

We cooperate with the following youth centres: Freizeitstätte Garath, Freizeiteinrichtung Icklack und dem Rather Familienzentrum.