The work-study MA Dance Teacher Programme is directed towards professional dancers and dance teachers seeking to further their skills as dance teachers, ballet masters/rehearsal directors, working in professional training institutions, community dance or in dance companies and theatres. The specialisation "Dance Teacher for Community Dance" offers an opportunity for candidates without a professional dance career if an equivalent aptitude is proven.

Students opt for a focus in Ballet or Contemporary/Modern Dance and a specialisation as Ballet Master/Rehearsal Director, Dance Teacher in professional training or in Community Dance. The Master Dance Teacher is an interdisciplinary course and the subjects include dance pedagogy, methodology and didactics, dance history, dance medicine, psychology, teaching practice, rehearsal assistance, improvisation, laban and composition.

Unique the opportunity, with a student population of around 150 dancers from age 10 to 20, to work and explore processes with the dancers in training at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden who are fluent in ballet, contemporary and improvisation. A crosspollination between the Teacher Training and the Choreography Programme is emphasised in the profile of the University. Due to a multitude of partnerships, the Palucca University of Dance has a global artistic network.

Get to know us! Online Master Info Day for the MA Dance Teacher on 16 January 2022 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Students choose one of the following focuses:

  • Ballet


  • Contemporary/Modern Dance

Students choose one of the following specialisations:

  • Ballet Master/Rehearsal Director
    3 years of experience as a Dancer in a Company*
    or as Ballet Master/Training Director/Rehearsal Director*
  • Dance Teacher for professional training
    3 years of experience as a Dancer in a Company*
    or 5 years of experience as a Dance Teacher*

* according to the chosen focus

  • The MA Dance Teacher Programme can be completed in 3 years. However, the flexible design of the programme allows the students to complete the programme in less time.
  • The MA Dance Teacher Programme is taught in English. 
  • The module Dance Medicine is offered in both German and English. All oral and written exams can also be taken in German upon request.
  • 120 ECTS are acquired in the programme.



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Duration of Semesters

Winter semester: 1 August to 28 February

Summer semester: 1 March to 31 July


Semester Dates

Summer Semester 2023

Lectures start on:

  • 1 March 2023

Lecture-free time:

  • 28 March to 6 April 2023
  • 19 May 2023

Lectures end on:

  • 7 July 2023