Federal Organisation for German (Folk-)Dances
We stand for the Preservation and Renewal of German (Folk-)Dance Culture
Who we are
We are dancers who are interested in exploring and practising our own traditional dance culture. This is not only about cultivating old dances, but also creating new ones. Modern, fresh German dance music is also part of the catalogue of tasks of this federal association.
What we like to do
This Federal Association is intended to be a competent contact point for all those with questions and those interested in German dances. There will be different areas of competence and we will also take care of education and research in this field.
The office can be reached at:
Am Osdorfer Born 14
What is new on this Website ?
The corona pandemic will continue to restrict us for much longer than expected, and so the Board of Directors has come up with a public statement. It can be downloaded here.
++ On 24 January 2020, almost exactly one year ago, the great choreographer and dance researcher Aenne Goldschmidt passed away in Switzerland at the age of 100. Her research work and publications on German folk dance, e.g. in the "Handbuch des deutschen Volkstanzes" (Handbook of German Folk Dance), are an important basis for our work in the BVfDT and we have therefore written an obituary on her person: Nachruf Goldschmidt.
++ The next day seminar with the topic "Trio Dances and Triolets in Germany" had to be cancelled last year for well-known reasons. We will announce it here when it can take place at some point.
++ Due to a discussion about the dance term "Sayra, Kontrasayra and Seiras" as it was found in the region around Hamburg in the first half of the 19th century, some old sheet music and some still preserved dance descriptions are compiled here.
++ In the section "Library and Downloads" you can have a look at the dance library of the BVfDT and contact the office with questions about publications, also if you would like to hand in books or booklets on the subject of "folk dances".
Here we have a map of Germany and Europe with dancers, musicians and organisation that are involved to preserve german dance-traditions and dance-music.
Please click on the icons and a link with a contact will appear.
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The current board of the association
That is what we aim for:
The Bundesverband Deutsche Tänze e.V. is an association for traditional and new German dances in Germany. The association was founded in 2015 out of the idea that until that time there was no association that dealt exclusively and only with German dances and music. The association is specifically committed to the preservation of the dance heritage and to the further development of this heritage, which also applies to dance music in particular. For the association, dance and dance music are a unity and both must be promoted and developed together. The BVfDT offers the following possibilities/offers, among others:
- Workshops and seminars on special dance forms and dance groups, such as "Schottisch/Rheinländer", "Walzerformen", "Neue deutsche Tänze" and many more.
- Dance evenings for everyone with simple German dances and live music in cooperation with various music groups.
- Training offers for dance leaders in German dances.
- Maintenance of a library with a large number of publications on the subject of "German dances", so that special questions on the subject can also be answered.
- Recording of new, modern sound recordings of old and new German dances.
The Federal Association sees itself as a competent network for the theory and for the practice of German dance culture. It offers itself as a point of contact for interested people who are looking for German dances and music from the various regions or who are already active in this field. or who are already active in the field of dance or dance music.
Worldwide and throughout Europe we intend to spread the theory and practice of german folkdances.