Martina Kessel studied dance and dance pedagogy at the academies in Rotterdam and Essen and subsequently completed studies in cultural anthropology, Islamic studies and pedagogy at the University of Cologne. This was followed by positions as research assistant at the universities of Göttingen and Cologne. From 2003 to 2013 she worked at the tanzhaus nrw, where she directed the project “Take-off: Young Dance” as part of Tanzplan Deutschland and established the “Dance for Young Audiences” department. Since 2013 she has been working in Berlin as project manager of “ChanceTanz” and supports dance artistic projects with children and young people with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She also works as a freelance dramaturg and consultant and curates, among other things, the Forum of Choreographers and Dancers for the Berliner Festspiele in the context of the Dance Meeting of Young People.