Degree Programmes

Master of Arts - Dance Teacher


The Master Programme Dance Teacher 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 specialization „Dance Teacher for Community Dance“ offers an opportunity for candidates without a professional dance career, if an equivalent aptitude is proven*. The Programmes are offered on-campus (full-time study) and as a work-study programme (part-time study).

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, dance history, dance medicine, psychology, pedagogy and teaching practice, assistant teaching and composition.


There is an unique 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 thebPalucca University of Dance Dresden, who are fluent in ballet, contemporary and improvisation.  A crosspollination between the Teacher Training and the Choreography Programme is emphasized in the Profile of the University. Due to a multitude of partnerships, the Palucca University of Dance part of a large artistic network both in and outside the region.

Focus and Specialisation

Students choose one of the following focuses:

  • Ballet


  • Contemporary/Modern Dance

Students choose one of the following specializations:

  • 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 as a Dance Teacher*
  • Dance Teacher for Community Dance/Amateur fields
    Minimum 1 year of experience as a Dancer in a Company
    or minimum 3 years of experience as a Dance Teacher
    or successful completion of the aptitude test (video presentation of the stipulated variation/Etude)

* according to the chosen focus



Duration of study programme

on-campus programmework-study programme
2 year full-time study course in German language3 year part-time study course in English language

120 ECTS are acquired in both programmes.



Modules (in German only!)

Curriculum MA Dance Teacher on-campus programme

Curriculum MA Dance Teacher work-study programme

semester fees for masters programmes Dance Teacher

on-campus programme-semester fee: A semester fee of EUR 503.10 EUR has to be paid by students starting from the the semester of the 21st birthday. The others need to pay EUR 455.10.

work-study programme-semester fee: EUR 841.50

Duration of Semesters

winter semester: 1 August - 28 February

summer semester: 1 March - 31 July