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About us

DANCEWORKS berlin was founded May 6th 1986 as “The Association for the Advancement of Modern Dance”. Since then the school has become one of the most established educational institutions in Germany. Many students have pursued a carrier within the field of dance upon graduating from the accredited 3-year professional education.

In 2018 DANCEWORKS berlin moved to the new location in Osram Höfe, renting the studios from Tanzraum Wedding. We are now housing in amazing studios with fantastic windows and special dance floor – offering both inspiration and optimal conditions for extensive dance training.  The outstanding studios are also frequently rented by established companies such as Sasha Waltz, Komische Oper, Münchener Kammerspiele and many freelance choreographers, giving the students and staff a natural insight and connection to the vibrant dance scene in Germany and Berlin.


Under the directorship of Lars Anderstam the school has reinforced the educational perspective since 2016, and is now exclusively offering 3 year accredited dance education and preparatory education.  The aim is, through a faculty with extensive artistic and dance professional experience, to strengthen employability and endorse future creative dance artists with a solid dance technical base.

Artistic directors

Raffaella Galdi and Miguel Cartagena are the artistic directors of DANCEWORKS berlin. 

Their central goal is to train students to become strong stage personalities who can master the technical and artistic challenges of a modern, diverse and, above all, international dance scene and also communicate them.


Raffaella Galdi is a native Italian, choreographer. Dancer and artistic director of the company InCorpo, an ensemble working in the field of contemporary dance in relation with visual arts. Raffaella received her training in classical and modern dance at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and at the Ecole de Dance Rosella Hightower in Cannes. Previously, she received her diploma in Fine Arts at the Art Academy in Genoa. As a dancer she worked with laborgras, Christoph Winkler and Ingo Reulecke, among others. She was part of the Belgian company Thor (1997-99), the Dutch Het Spui Theater Company (2000), the Berlin-based Cie. Toula Limnaios (2002-2003), and the Luxembourg-based formation Unit Control (2003-2005). Raffaella developed her own dance pedagogical approach to movement exploration and teaches contemporary dance, composition and improvisation at DANCEWORKS berlin.

Miguel Cartagena comes from South America and studied classical ballet at the Conservatory of the Universidad de Chile and at the Ballet School of the Opera House in Santiago. He danced with the Ballet of Santiago de Chile under the direction of Marcia Haydee and as a soloist at the Stadttheater Hildesheim. Miguel has worked as a ballet master at the opera houses of Hanover and Halle, the theaters of Heidelberg, Dortmund, Ulm, Flensburg and Oldenburg, as well as at the renowned Tanzhaus NRW and the Pretty Ugly Company in Cologne. 

At DANCEWORKS berlin Miguel teaches classical ballet and partnering.