DANCE is an international festival for contemporary dance in the state capital Munich , which was launched in 1987 by the Munich Department of Culture and has been held biennially since then .  The dance biennale is currently curated by Nina Hümpel ,  founder and editor of the online platform tanznetz.de .
DANCE was founded in 1987 by the Munich Cultural Department and is now one of the oldest festivals for contemporary dance in Germany.  DANCE takes place in rotation with the SpielArt theater festival and the Munich Biennale for New Music Theater . In 1998 and 2015 there were time shifts by one year, the festival was then held in autumn or spring. Since 2015, DANCE has been taking place regularly on 11 days in May, most recently in its 16th edition from May 16-26, 2019. The 17th edition is scheduled for May 6-16, 2021. The history of the DANCE Festival since 1987 was processed in 2019 and is archived in the dance portal Bavaria. 
- 1987: Bettina Wagner-Bergelt
- 1989: Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and Hortensia Völckers
- 1991–95: Martin Bergelt and Hortensia Völckers
- 1998: Cornelia Albrecht
- 2000: Gabriele Naumann
- 2002–2006: Cornelia Albrecht
- 2008–2010: Bettina Wagner-Bergelt
- 2012: Dieter Buroch & Nina Hümpel
- since 2015: Nina Hümpel
The program of the DANCE Festival shows current trends in the international dance and performance scene in Munich. The program design also focuses on the scientific discourse, the cooperation between the Munich scene and international guests as well as the presentation of world premieres and German premieres. In the 16th edition in 2019, over 120 international artists were presented in around fifty performances, who presented fourteen different productions at seventeen venues in Munich, including five international guest performances and five world premieres.  A scientific discourse program, The program included the topics of communication, community and urbanity in the 21st century, dance in public spaces and at different venues in Munich, as well as encounters between globally active choreographers and the Munich local dance scene. As a new format, the DANCE History Tour ,  a bicycle course to selected locations in Munich's dance history, was presented in 2019, which literally takes the idea of an archive in motion.  The programs for all editions since the festival was founded can be found in the Bavarian Dance Portal.
Companies / artists of the festival
The choreographers who have been guests at DANCE since 1987 include: Daina Ashbee, Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lucinda Childs, Marie Chouinard, Michael Clark, Merce Cunningham, Sharon Eyal, Jan Fabre, William Forsythe , Emmanuel Gat , Frédéric Gravel, Trajal Harrell, Deborah Hay, Raimund Hoghe , Lin Hwai-min , Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker , Akram Khan , Louise Lecavalier , Ohad Naharin , Christal Pite, Alain Platel , Angelin Preljocaj , Christian Rizzo, Lia Rodrigues, Eszter Salomon, Simone Sandroni, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, Saburo Teshigawara,Wim Vandekeybus , Helena Waldmann , Sasha Waltz , VA Wölfl , Yang Zhen and others
- Munich city administration, cultural department. Retrieved September 1, 2019 .
- Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Dance" Festival in Munich: Get out of the elite corner. Retrieved December 3, 2019 .
- Brygida Ochaim: The history of the DANCE festival. In: Tanzportal Bayern. Retrieved September 1, 2019 .
- Brygida Ochaim: DANCE 1987. Tanzportal Bayern, May 3, 2019, accessed on December 3, 2019 .
- DANCE Munich 2019 program. Accessed on September 1, 2019 .
- Symposium "Context / Collisions" with Prof. Dr. Katja Schneider at DANCE 2019 - Theater Studies Munich - LMU Munich. Retrieved December 3, 2019 .
- Süddeutsche Zeitung: Splintering souls in slow motion. Retrieved December 3, 2019 .
- Dance History Tour. In: www.dance-muenchen.de. Retrieved September 1, 2019 .