As one of the oldest cultural practices of mankind, dance is all around us. The earliest images of dancing figures can be found in Stone Age rock paintings and today, dance has taken on a myriad of forms both in pop culture as well as in art. Dance is a part of regional tradition, it helps establish cultural identity and forms communities. On all continents and in all cultures, young and old alike all dance. The overwhelming number of different dance styles, their relationship to music and complex costumes, to rituals and ceremony, illustrates the immense importance that dance has always had for humankind. One of the reasons why dance has always been passed on and continually developed over the centuries as a thing of cultural value is doubtlessly also the fact that – whether praticed alone, as a couple or in a larger group – it is simply unbelievably fun.

The Tanztag event in the Rhine-Main area is one-of-a-kind in Germany. For one entire day, institutions across the region offer trial classes in every dance style from classical ballet and contemporary dance to historical folk dancing and flamenco, hip hop and swing. This single day not only illustrates the astounding diversity of dance in the region, but also allows everyone and anyone to experience and (re)discover this singular art form and the many different dance styles available.

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Glittering Party at the evening

The grand finale is a glittering party at the evening in Künstlerhaus Mousonturm which spotlights collective dancing. To close the day of dancing together and to celebrate themselves, various dances are introduced and collectively danced by the attendants.

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It’s just a great way to get to know new dance styles and teachers, to dip in the great toe and – above all! – to get the desire to want ‘more’ […]
A course participant

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A succesful day! The Tanzfest in the Union Halle was especially great, such a wonderful idea to let the course leaders instruct short choreographies. It has been a long time since I have experienced such a great sense of community and joy on a party
A Tanzfest participant

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I didn‘t know that even daddies and Grandpas can dance ‘Bollywood’. But here the grandchildren seemed to be the motivating factor. I would very much like to participate again next year. The most important thing on such a day is, that people who don’t have the financial capabilities are also enabled to enjoy so many different dance styles and that families can experience dance together.
A course leader

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