40 år contemporary dance 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 Jessica Iwanson, regularly subsudised by the City of Munich created new choreographic work for the her Iwanson Dance Company. Often, her work was invited to Sweden, Danmark an Norway and in the eraly 1990es she became ballet director in Stockholm and Bergen (Norway).

The school grew and moved into a new place with spacious studios. More and more students from all over the changed the regional character of the school in Munich. Time to change the name  into 'Iwanson International'. Today around 160 fulltime students from more then 20 countries are enrolled and the teaching language is 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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