40 Years of Contemporary Dance Training in Munich

Helping out as a dance teacher for a colleague was what brought Jessica Iwanson to Munich in 1973. Her lessons soon became so popular that a year later, she opened her own studio near the Gärtnerplatz and formed her own company.

Rehearsals took place during the day and in the evening the rent was earned by teaching. In a short while Jessica Iwanson assembled a team of dancers and teachers, the school grew, and for her first show she rented the Zirkus Krone. And sold out!

Since then, with consistent funding from the City of Munich, Jessica Ivanson has created new choreographic work for her Iwanson Dance Company. Her work has been regularly invited to Sweden, Denmark and Norway and in the early 1990s, she became ballet director in Stockholm and Bergen (Norway).

The school in Munich kept growing and eventually moved into a new place with spacious studios. The influx of students from all over the world was changing the regional character of the school and it was time to change the name to 'Iwanson International'. Today, around 160 full-time students from more than 20 countries are enrolled and the courses are taught in English.


In 2010, Jessica Iwanson received Munich's Dance Award in recognition of her lifetime’s work. In her laudatory speech, Brigitte von Welser, CEO of the cultural center Gasteig GmbH, said: "It is mainly thanks to Jessica Iwanson and the Iwanson-School that dance is flourishing with both practitioners and audiences. The „System Iwanson“ works and is now firmly established - due to Jessica Iwanson’s perseverance, smart action and never-ending energy."

On 1st January 2013, choreographer Johannes Härtl got on board as partner and joint CEO for Iwanson International.

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