Vera Sander is the head of the Centre for Contemporary Dance (ZZT) and a professor of contemporary dance at the University of Music and Dance Cologne. She teaches contemporary dance, choreography and performance skills, among other subjects. Alongside her academic work she also works as a choreographer. She is a former dancer for Tanzforum Köln, Dansgroep Kristina de Chatel, Itzik Galili and the Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden, among others. In 1997 Vera Sander founded the contemporary dance ensemble VeraSanderArtConnects. Vera has received several awards for her work, including at the choreographic competition `dialoog cultuur / NL-NRW`and the Dt. Videotanzpreis. She was a part of the research project “Tanztechniken 2010” initiated by Tanzplan Deutschland, and works on the establishment and development of degrees and event formats in the field of dance.