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Dance as an artistic, mediating, and scholarly-research practice is physically, exploratively, and reflectively central to the three courses in Department 7/ZZT.

Hub for dance and dance research

The Center for Contemporary Dance at the Cologne University of Music and Dance forms an important hub for dance and dance research within the contemporary dance landscape. The three degree programs BA Dance, MA Dance Education and MA Dance Studies convey practices and perspectives of performative dance art, dance education and dance studies. This constellation, unique in Germany, forms an inspiring, artistic-practical as well as research-oriented study environment in which interdisciplinary work and experiments are carried out.

In addition to the bachelor's and master's degrees, the Department 7/ZZT is the only institution in Germany to offer the possibility of a doctorate (Dr. phil.) in dance studies since 2009 and hosts the Forschungskolleg Tanzwissenschaft, which offers an institutional and content-related connection for international researchers in cooperation with the German Dance Archive Cologne.

Ein langgestricktes Gebäude mit großen Fenstern

The dance in Cologne Nippes

The Center for Contemporary Dance / Department 7 of the Cologne University of Music and Dance is located in Nippes, a central, urban and lively Cologne neighborhood, with spacious facilities: seven dance studios, a Pilates studio, a 150-seat studio theater and several seminar rooms, a reference library and an online media room accessible to students. The professors and instructors are internationally renowned.


Center for Contemporary Dance
Cologne University of Music and Dance
Turmstrasse 3-5
50733 Köln

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  • January 5 & 6, 2024
  • Application deadline: December 20, 2023

JOIN US is aimed at dance enthusiasts aged 16 and over who are interested in studying contemporary dance and would like to find out more about the specific profile of FB7/ZZT. Participation is free of charge. The format takes place in German and, if required, in English.