Palucca University of Dance Dresden

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Palucca University of Dance Dresden
Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden
Hans Robertson - Gret Palucca, 1920s.jpg
Gret Palucca, 1920s
Former names
Palucca School Dresden, Palucca School Dresden – University of Dance
Established1925; 97 years ago (1925)
FounderGret Palucca
RectorJason Beechey
Students181 (2020/21)[1]

51°1′44″N 13°46′16″E / 51.02889°N 13.77111°E / 51.02889; 13.77111Coordinates: 51°1′44″N 13°46′16″E / 51.02889°N 13.77111°E / 51.02889; 13.77111

The Palucca University of Dance Dresden (German: Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden), formerly the Palucca School Dresden, is a dance school in Dresden, Germany, founded in 1925 by the dancer and pedagogue Gret Palucca who taught until 1990. The school was recognised as a higher education institution in 1993 and took its current name in 2010.


The school was founded in 1925 by Gret Palucca in Dresden.[2] She initially taught in her apartment on the Bürgerwiese. Later she rented training rooms for her school in Dresden.[3] Branches were opened in Berlin in 1928 and in Stuttgart in 1931.[4]: 141  From 1939 to 1945, under the Nazi regime, Palucca was not allowed to teach because of her Jewish descent.[5] On 15 July 1945, she reopened her school.[4]: 55 

In 1949, the Palucca School in Dresden became a public state school.[4]: 275  In 1953, construction work began on a new school building on Basteiplatz, which was completed in 1955.[6] In 1988, a 24-minute episode of the series Jan and Tini of East German children's television was filmed at the school. Palucca taught at the school until 1990, when she was 88.[7] In 2006, an apprentice programme was initiated in cooperation with the Dresden Semperoper Ballet, giving young dancers the opportunity to further develop their skills and apply them in professional practice.[8]

The Palucca School Dresden was recognised by the State of Saxony as a higher education institution in 1993 and allowed to add University of Dance to its name in 1999.[9] In 2010 it changed its name to Palucca University of Dance.[10]


The older building wing with a neo-classical facade on Basteiplatz was built between 1953 and 1955. The design was by Fred Pietsch, Herbert Schneider and Gerd Dettmar.[6] A modern extension on Wiener Strasse designed by the Hannover-based architects Storch Ehlers Partner, including dance halls, boarding school and physiotherapy facilities, was completed in 2007. The scheme extended the campus to include two neighbouring properties on Tiergartenstrasse, including the villa buildings.[11] The new block has a glass facade and is almost square in shape, divided into four by two passageways.[12] In 2011 the university adopted a new logo which references the coloured window frames of the new building.[13]

The bronze sculpture above the main entrance is a work by Rudolf Löhner.[4]: 181 

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  1. ^ "Studierende an den Hochschulen im Freistaat Sachsen 2020". Statistische Berichte / B / III / 1: Studierende an den Hochschulen Im Freistaat Sachsen. July 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  2. ^ "History". 8 September 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  3. ^ Schuppener, Georg (1999). Jüdische Intellektuelle in der DDR: politische Strukturen und Biographien. Leipzig: Arbeitskreis Hochschulpolitische Öffentlichkeit. p. 175. ISBN 978-3-9806319-2-1.
  4. ^ a b c d Stabel, Ralf (2001). Vorwärts, rückwärts, seitwärts mit und ohne Frontveränderung: zur Geschichte der Palucca-Schule Dresden. Noetzel. ISBN 978-3-7959-0799-0.
  5. ^ Stabel, Ralf. "Palucca, Gret (eigentlich Margarethe Paluka)". Deutsche Biographie. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b Dehio, Georg (1996). Handbuch der deutschen Kunstdenkmäler: Sachsen I. Deutscher Kunstverlag. p. 305.
  7. ^ Rannow, Angela. "Gret Palucca". Sächsische Biografie. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Apprentice Programme". Semperoper Dresden. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  9. ^ Bode, Christian; Becker, Werner; Habbich, Claudius (2001). Colleges of art and music in Germany. Prestel. p. 71. ISBN 978-3-7913-2398-5.
  10. ^ "Palucca-Schule in Dresden erhält neuen Namen". Neue Musikzeitung. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Neubau für Palucca Schule". Neue Musikzeitung. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Zweimal Zwei zu Eins Palucca-Schule in Dresden übergeben". Bau Netz. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Palucca Schule Dresden – Hochschule für Tanz". Das neue Dresden. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Andrej Uspenski". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

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