Study dance

Study dance

Body and movement as the resonating space of a new, bold, poetic aesthetic - combining practice and theory in a social context: understood in this way, dance becomes an event and field of action.

In the Bachelor of Dance degree programme, or BAtanz, we provide individual and comprehensive support by teaching a wide range of ballet and contemporary dance techniques. Students learn to help shape artistic work processes and to reflect on themselves and their own art form in order to discuss and creatively use dance, movement and the body in an interdisciplinary, historical and social context.

The promotion of the individual, artistic profile is also essential in the degree programme. You will gain stage experience from the very first semester - made possible by performance series and projects in Frankfurt theaters and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, as well as through guest performances, supported by international guest lecturers. During the course of your studies, we encourage you to develop social and cultural-political commitment and to enrich the dance scene with your ideas.

You can definitely take on something academically: The department includes a professorship for dance theory, which provides important impulses for research at the university of the arts.

Course of studies & application information

Interdisciplinary, international network

Whoever studies BAtanz studies within a network of performative arts. At the HfMDK there are interdisciplinary connections in all directions (acting, voice, directing, music), In many cases, it is also our students themselves who initiate interdisciplinary projects and pursue their own artistic concepts - accompanied by the HfMDK project fund KunstPAKT, among others. In addition, we are very active externally, cooperating with numerous institutions, theatres and companies at home and abroad, such as the Hessian Theatre Academy (HTA), the Dance Platform Rhine-Main, the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA), the Dance Training Conference and the Young Talent Festival.

BAtanz cooperates with the Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) master's programme at the HfMDK and the Choreography and Performance (MA CuP) master's programme at the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Schwarz-weiß-Foto von tanzenden Personen in schneller Bewegung
(Foto: Marvin Fuchs)
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Nervous about applying?

In our FOYERFUNK podcast, BA Dance students Naia Nieto and Johann Holland share their personal insights into their own aptitude tests, student life in the dance department, their highlights of their studies so far and their tips for anyone looking to follow in their footsteps.

FOYERFUNK No. 16: Dive Into Your Dance Degree – How Students Naia and Johann Got Started At HfMDK

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New year – new season – new degree? This January, FOYERFUNK is all about starting your studies at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK)! Dance students Naia Nieto and Johann Holland are the guests of our first episode this season. Both of them have found a safe space to discover themselves and hone their skills in the HfMDK dance studio. How nervous were they at their own audition and with what attitude should applicants go there? How did they experience their fresh start in Frankfurt? And what have they already learned as young dancers at the university? Naia and Johann share these personal insights with this season's host Maurício Homberg, student representative and music teaching major.

Find more episodes under Podcast. (All other episodes so far are in German)

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Team & Lecturers

Team & Lecturers

Management Team BAtanz

Pfeile weisen Treppenstufen im Foyer der HfMDK Frankfurt hinauf
(Foto: Janine Bächle)


Currently, you can earn a doctorate at the HfMDK in the subjects of musicology, music education, and dance studies and receive the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.).

Ein Tänzer mit weit geöffnetem Mund in Bewegung mit anderen Studierenden
(Foto: Ramon Haindl)


In 2021, dance education at the HfMDK celebrates its 60th anniversary. A reason to celebrate - and for a look back.