Orientation Classes (School Years 5 and 6)


The school years 5 and 6 (these are the Orientation Classes 1 and 2) at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden put their focus on a fine arts profile and dance. They prepare the path to a secondary school diploma and for admittance into the Young Talents Programme.

The dance training is carried out parallel to the secondary school education at the integrated Secondary School. Dance training in the orientation classes 1 and 2 currently comprises 14 units of instruction a week, each 45 minutes long (10 units of ballet, three units of dance/technique/improvisation, and one unit of folk dance).

A class teacher from the dance department is named for the supervision of the artistic-practical education. The pupils are integrated early on into the artistic life at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden. They participate, to a limited extent, in University performances, among others at the Semperoper Dresden, and also in the annual Students’ Workshop and Open Day.

  • Ballet
  • Dance/Technique/Improvisation (TTI)
  • Folk Dance
  • Performance Practice
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  • Physical-anatomical and rhythmic-musical aptitude
  • Good grades in the primary or the secondary school in order to be able to cope with the double burden of school and dance education
  • Appropriate educational recommendation
  • Good command of the German language

The application deadline is 26 March 2021.

Admission to the orientation levels O1 and O2 (equivalent to school years 5 and 6) at Palucca University of Dance Dresden is principally only possible through an aptitude test.

Physical-anatomical aptitude and rhythmical-musical aptitude are examined as well as the scholastic achievements to date. Previous knowledge of dance is not a prerequisite for admission to the orientation level O1.

An invitation to an audition will be sent out after the aptitude test has been passed. Lateral entrants into already existing classes are auditioned, as a rule, during a trial week in which the dance background is also examined. After a successfully passed audition, the parents or legal guardians complete registration, pursuant to Sec. 5 (4) School Regulations for Secondary and Evening High Schools (SOOSA), within the deadline determined by the Secondary School.

    Aptitude Tests
    Place: Palucca University of Dance Dresden

    For the school year 2022/23:

    • 25 September 2021 O-Classes + lateral entrants
    • 06 November 2021 O-Classes
    • 15 January 2022 O-Classes + lateral entrants



    Place: Palucca University of Dance Dresden

    For the school year 2022/23:

    • 12 and 13 February 2022 O-Classes


    Application Deadline for the School Year 2022/23

    The application deadline for the school year 2022/23 will be announced in due course.

    There are no semester tuition for the orientation levels.

    Semester Dates

    Semester starts on:

    • 01 August 2021

    "Back in Shape" (voluntary):

    • 30 August - 04 September 2021 (only Orientation Class O2)

    Orientation Day:

    • 06 September 2021

    School starts on:

    • 06 September 2021

    School Holidays:

    • 17 - 31 October 2021
    • 18 December 2021 - 02 January 2022 (subject to the performances of "Nutcracker" and "Hansel and Gretel")
    • 12 - 27 February 2022

    School Ends on:

    • 28 February 2022

    Semester ends on:

    • 28 February 2022

    Semester starts on:

    • 01 March 2022

    School starts on:

    • 01 March 2022

    School Holidays:

    • 15 - 24 April 2022
    • 27 May 2022

    School ends on:

    • 16 July 2022

    Semester ends on:

    • 31 July 2022