About the German Professional Dancesport Association

Submitted to DanceArchives by the German Professional Dancesport Association DPV

The professional competitive dancers have been organized in Germany since 1948. At that time they were part of the German Dance Teachers Association ADTV (Allgemeiner Deutscher Tanzlehrer Verband). At the helm of this integrated organization called PTA (Professional Turnier Amt) at the time were;

  • 1948 Herbert Heinrici
  • 1957/59 Fred Dieselhorst
  • 1967 Hans-Peter Eichhorn
  • 1971/72 Theodor Blell
  • 1973/74 Rudi Trautz
  • Since 1991 the professional competitive dancers are organized in the DPV, which stands on its own and is a nonprofit organization overseeing the national professional competitive ballroom dance scene and also acts as a successful organizing group for international championships. Besides being active competitors, many of its individual members also work and act as coaches, trainers and licensed adjudicators for professional events.

    Karl Breuer as President and Rudolf Trautz as his vice are leading the organization. Both names ring a bell since they two were successful ballroom competitors. Karl and Ursula Breuer were World Amateur Champions twice and Rudolf and Mechtild Trautz four (4) times World Professional Latin Champions and four times second in the World Professional Standard Championship. Also the other members of the executive committee have been successful competitors.

    The DPV is the German member body in the World Dance Council (WDC) where Karl Breuer held the presidency for many years and is still honorary president (2012). Rudolf Trautz is currently vice president of this international professional organization of which Germany is a founding member.

    The honor roll of German professional competitive dance is impressive and many couples have danced in international finals. World champions like Bryan Watson/Carmen Vincelj, Hans Reinhard Galke/Bianca Schreiber, Horst and Andrea Beer, Michael Hull/Patsy Hull-Krogull and Ralf Muller/Olga Muller-Omelchenko have made Germany one of the leading nations in competitive dance in the more recent past.

    But also as an organizing body for major international dance competitions the DPV has become well-known. Since the restructuring in 1991, 28 European Championships and 34 World Championships have been organized successfully. In addition all the professional competitions at the German Open (GOC) were run by the DPV from 1987 until 2010. For more than 10 years the DPV was also the professional association within the German Amateur Association (Deutscher Tanzsport Verband DTV). Since 2010 this cooperation has been terminated; the amateur association found it necessary to form their own professional division and that status was unacceptable for the DPV.

    Falko Ritter, Vice President DPV public relations, 23.01.2013

    Champions coming out of Germany

    World Champions

    Latein

  • 1999 – 2007 Bryan Watson / Carmen Vincelj
  • 1997 Hans-Reinhard Galke / Bianca Schreiber
  • 1972 Wolfgang and Evelyn Opitz
  • 1969 – 1971 Rudolf and Mechtild Trautz
  • 1967 Rudolf and Mechtild Trautz
  • 10-dance

  • 2007 Sergej Diemke / Katherina Timofeeva
  • 1998 Michael Hull / Mirjam Zwijsen
  • 1991 – 1992 Horst and Andrea Beer
  • 1989 – 1990 Michael Hull / Patsy Hull-Krogull
  • 1987 Michael Hull / Patsy Hull-Krogull
  • 1979 Damian and Patsy Hull
  • 1970 – 1972 Rudolf and Mechtild Trautz
  • Showdance Standard

  • 1992 Jens Jörgens / Kerstin Jörgens-Neubert
  • 1990 – 1991 Michael Hull / Patsy Hull-Krogull
  • Showdance Latin

  • 1998 – 2000 Ralf Müller / Olga Müller-Omeltchenko
  • 1997 Allan Tornsberg / Carmen Vincelj
  • 1995 Hans-Reinhard Galke / Bianca Schreiber
  • 1994 Hans-Reinhard Galke / Bianca Schreiber
  • Michael Hull / Linda Pettersen (punktgleich)

  • 1993 Michael Hull / Linda Pettersen
  • 1991 – 1992 Ralf Lepehne / Lydia Weißer
  • European Champions

    Standard

  • 1970 Rudolf and Mechtild Trautz
  • Latin

  • 2005 – 2006 Bryan Watson / Carmen Vincelj
  • 1999 – 2003 Bryan Watson / Carmen Vincelj
  • 1995 – 1996 Hans-Reinhard Galke / Bianca Schreiber
  • 1966 – 1972 Rudolf und Mechtild Trautz
  • 10-dance

  • 1999 Thomas Fürmeyer / Tanja Beinhauer
  • 1998 Michael Hull / Mirjam Zwijsen
  • 1996 – 1997 Thomas Fürmeyer / Tanja Beinhauer
  • 1995 Peter Müller / Elke Maibauer
  • 1993 – 1994 Michael Hull / Linda Pettersen
  • 1991 Horst and Andrea Beer
  • 1988 – 1990 Michael Hull / Patsy Hull-Krogull
  • Showdance Standard

  • 2007 Marcus Weiss / Isabel Edvardsson
  • Showdance Latin

  • 2010 Jesper Birkehoj / Anna Kravchenko
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    Brigitt Mayer-Karakis is the author of the award winning book "Ballroom Icons", and chief archivist for the WDC Dance History project.
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