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Staatliche Artistenschule Berlin

Preparatory school

The State School for Acrobatic Arts of Berlin was founded in 1956. It has been working together with the State Ballet School of Berlin since 1991, managed by a common leadership team. It is the only school in Germany that offers an internationally recognized and state-approved qualification in acrobatics.

Professional training is integrated with academic education. Circus training and academic education start in year 9, with at least 22 lessons per week of basic training in the principal acrobatic specialisms, and coverage of a secondary modern school.

In Years 11 and 12, students continue their education at the vocational school which leads to the state-approved qualification in acrobatics. It is also possible to take A-levels at the school.

The training in acrobatic arts is accompanied by courses in drama, mime, and dancing.

In 2009/2010, the school started the project “Extended Acrobatic Training”, beginning in Year 5.

There are 90 students in acrobatics at the school.

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Training offered

  • From Years 5 to 9: preparing courses, circus skills and pre-specialisation
  • Year 11 to 12: vocational school (professional GSE)
  • Year 11 to 13: grammar school (A-level)


From year 5 and from year 11 with an acrobatic act.

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Disciplines taught

  • Acro dance
  • Aerial acrobatics
  • Aerial cradle - Korean plank
  • Aerial straps
  • Bascule/Teeterboard
  • Chinese pole
  • Equestrian art
  • Equilibristics
  • Floor acrobatics 
  • German wheel/Cyr wheel
  • Highwire
  • Juggling - Object manipulation
  • Rope
  • Russian bar
  • Silks
  • Slackrope
  • Static trapeze
  • Swinging trapeze - Cloud swing
  • Tightrope
  • Trampoline
  • Unicycle

Learn more about this member 

Founded in 1956


  • Director: Dietrich Kruse

  • Artistic Director: Ronald Wendorf

School year

From late August to early July.

Teaching language



Staatliche Artistenschule Berlin
Erich-Weinert-Straβe 103
D-10409 Berlin


+49 30 40 57 790