European Tournament for Dancing Students (ETDS) – Dancing for “der Maus“

It’s the biggest European dance tournament for students which has been held twice a year since 1989 in different university towns. It’s three days filled with practicing, competing, dancing, and making new friends. The focus is set on Breitensport for dancers who have no or little experience in regular competitions. On Saturday the dancers compete in Ballroom, and on Sunday in Latin dances. Additionally, there’s a smaller number of experienced dancers who compete in the Open class. To make it more fun they get their partner allotted and sometimes special rules apply. Breitensport dancers, however, may bring their own dance partner or find one in the blind date program on Fridays. But we don’t just dance for fame and honor. We dance to bring home “der Maus” – our cute and furry challenge cup. So get out your petticoat and the polka dots, transform into a dashing pinup girl, and get ready to compete at the 57th ETDS in Aachen!




  • Name: Mensa Vita
  • Street: Helmertweg 1
  • Address: 52074 Aachen
  • Bus stop: Wendlingweg
  • Venue: Our tournament hall is going to be Mensa Vita – the student cafeteria right behind the University Hospital. It meets our needs perfectly: it’s spacious, it has parquet and being surrounded by green and university buildings no one will be bothered by us. Take a stroll outside to relax from an exhausting tournament round, have a cup of coffee on the porch, or catch some sun on the sun deck.


As the most western town of Germany Aachen lies within the heart of Europe and is rich in cultural diversity. The city is versatile: Health resort, a place of Christian pilgrimage, an operating site for entrepreneurs, scientists and students from all over the world.

You may look forward to a charming city with a picturesque city center. It impresses with the famous cathedral of Charlemagne which had been the first German building to be listed in the World Cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Emperor Charlemagne left behind a “European” spirit that continued flourishing the city in the border triangle of Germany - Netherlands - Belgium. The proximity to other European countries does the rest: “Europe” is everyday- life in Aachen.

When strolling through the streets you may wonder about Aachen’s impressive history and enjoy the dynamic of a university town. You will find a vast variety of restaurants tempting your taste buds with international cuisine.

Our suggestion:

  1. The scenic route: Take the bus (No. 33) to “Bushof”, turn to your right, then take a right onto the street Kurhausstraße until the second traffic light, turn left onto “Großkölnstraße” and keep walking straight on until you find yourself right on the market square. This should take you no longer than 8 minutes. After looking at the beautiful town hall (and cathedral behind the town hall) you take a right turn onto “Pontstraße”. Then, you just keep walking straight on for about 500 m. You will find plenty of restaurants on your way: Lebanese, Italian, Asian, Turkish.

  2. The “I need food now”-route: Take the bus (No. 3B or 33) to “Ponttor”. There will be plenty of restaurants. You may also walk down the Pontstraße and look for a restaurant there. If you keep walking you’ll end up on the market square. Take a left onto the Großkölnstraße to get back to the bus stop “Bushof” and take bus # 33 (Vaals Bloemendal) back to Wendlingweg or Forckenbeckstraße. Bus # 33 also stops at Driescher Gässchen. If taking a bus from Ponttor back to the venue be sure to take bus # 3A or # 33 (Vaals Bloemendal).


Sleeping Halls

  • student housing on campus Melaten
    Campus Boulevard 62-72
    52074 Aachen
    Bus stop: Forckenbeckstraße

We rented about 100 new student apartments for your accommodation so that you may get some rest before the competition. Don’t forget to bring your air mattresses as usual. Parking spaces are right by the student housing on the side of the street.


Aachen offers a wide range of hotels, hostels and guesthouses at all price categories; close to the sport facilities and all over the city. Anyone looking for accommodation in Aachen should also check out the website of Aachen’s tourist service for information. If you need any help making reservations please contact us at info@etds-ac.de.

Directions to the tournament hall

By public transport
  • Flixbus
    • get off Aachen Bahnhof West/ Kühlwetterstraße
    • go southwest and take a left on Süsterfeldstraße
    • after 140 m take a right on Republikplatz
    • keep walking onto Seffenter Weg or until you see the bus stop “Westbahnhof” to your right
    • Buses 3A, 33, 73 or 103 (Uniklinik) will take you to the bus stop “Wendlingweg” within 8 minutes from which it is only a 3-minute-walk to Mensa Vita
  • Regional trains (RE) – Aachen West Bf
    • get off at Aachen West Bf
    • walk down the stairs, go to the left and use the bus stop Aachen Bf West
    • take buses 3A, 33, 73 or 103 (Uniklinik) and exit at bus stop Wendlingweg
  • Long-distance trains - Aachen Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
    • Take preferably bus # 3B (Uniklinik) to get to “Wendlingweg”
    • Bus # 3A also works but it will take longer
    • From the bus stop it’s only a 3-minute-walk to Mensa Vita
  • From Heerlen
    • direct bus connection (Arriva 21) to Aachen Uniklinik
    • use your OV Chipcard until Vaals and buy a connecting ticket for the German side (group tickets tend to be cheaper)
    • 5-minute-walk to Mensa Vita
By car
  • take exit 2 on highway A 4 (Aachen-Laurensberg)
  • follow the direction of Laurensberg / RWTH Campus Melaten (Kohlscheider Strasse, Toledoring, Pariser Ring)
  • stay on the right lane before you enter the tunnel and get off right after the tunnel
  • take the second exit from the roundabout (Forckenbeckstraße)
By air
  • Maastricht-Aachen Airport (MAA)
    • Take Arriva bus 30 to Maastricht station
  • Düsseldorf (DUS)
    • From the underground terminal station, take S 11 to Düsseldorf main station and switch to RE 1 (Aachen Hauptbahnhof) or RE 4 (Aachen West). OR take the SkyTrain to Düsseldorf airport station and switch to RE 1 (Aachen Hauptbahnhof) there
  • Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN)
    • Take RE 6, S 13 or S 19 to get to Cologne main station. Then, take RE 1 or RE 9 to Aachen main station (final call for both). Depending on your connection, it may be more convenient to switch at the smaller station Cologne Ehrenfeld



Great! Thanks for leading a team. You will receive a user name and password via e-mail to access the registration. You may then add your team members to the list of participants and match them if they want to compete as a couple (Breitensport). New features: You may pay by installments and have to confirm the booking of each team member separately. Furthermore, the participants are to fill in a personal profile which is mandatory to get access to the ETDS area.

Caveat: If you didn’t receive an e-mail with your user data, please contact us at info@etds-ac.de to enable the registration for your university.

You will receive further information via e-mail.


Welcome to the ETDS! Please talk to your team captain to get registered. If you have no idea who your team captain is and you don’t have a team you could ask about this, please contact us at info@etds-ac.de. We will then help you to find your contact person. As soon as your participation fee is paid and your team captain confirms your booking you will receive an email with further information. Please fill in your personal profile as soon as possible. You will need to upload a profile picture on which your face can easily be recognized. The completion of your personal profile is mandatory to get access to the ETDS area.


We are sorry that we cannot guarantee a spot for every dancer who wants to rock with us. As soon as all spots are taken the bookings will go straight to our waiting list. If the fee is not added to our credit balance and confirmed by your team captain within two weeks after registration, the spot will open up automatically for the next lucky dancer on the waiting list. Please make sure your team captain receives your payment as soon as possible. Be aware that money transfer takes some time.


Order our merchandise as you register.

T-shirts - 13€
are available for ladies (sizes S - XL) and gents (sizes S - XXL).

Mugs - 7€
the best way to enjoy your daily coffee.

Gym bags - 9€
we all need a pretty bag to carry around our dancing shoes.

Fans - 3€
relax in a cool breeze to recover from dancing.
(picture coming soon)

Caveat: We won’t be selling any merchandise at the event itself. To obtain any, you need to order it at the registration.

Team Captains


The registration portal

Complete Rule Set

A Page with all rules


Previous communication to the team captains (coming soon)

ETDS Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us!


Why become a volunteer

No volunteers,
no ETDS.

Volunteers are essential to every ETDS: It requires about 1000 to 2000 hours of work during the weekend. Therefore, we need your helping hand to fill our shifts. We sure have something that suits you. Be part of making this ETDS a grand success and sign up!

What is expected of you?

Sign up for a shift that suits you. Be on time, be reliable and do your shift with diligence. As a member of team Aachen, you will be informed about the volunteer registration as soon as it has opened. In a first step, you will be asked to register for the most urgent shifts. As soon as they are mostly taken, additional shifts will be added to our Volunteers Shift Organisation Programme (V.S.O.P.). We hope that the most urgent (and most unpopular) shifts will be taken care of by members of team Aachen. When this is achieved, members of all other teams are kindly asked to help with the remaining work. Your team captain will be informed as soon as the V.S.O.P. is open for everyone to register.


Thank you for helping us to make this ETDS a grand success! Without you it wouldn’t be this special event we all love and care about so much.


Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Shifts taken
Facility Management
Different smaller tasks
It's a start
We can do it
Well done
Getting a team



19:00Tournament hall opens, evening snack, Practice Night
19:00Workshop Rock ’n Roll
21:00Start of Blind-Date Programme
24:00End of Blind-Date Programme
03:00End of Practice Night


07:00Tournament hall opens
08:30Start of the tournaments (BS Standard, Open Latin)
18:00End of the tournaments, award ceremony
18:30Explore the wonderful city of Aachen!
18:30Team Captains Meeting
21:00Start of “Rock This Town” Practice Night
22:00Start of Blind-Date Programme
24:00End of Blind-Date Programme
03:00End of Practice Night


07:00Tournament hall opens
08:30Start of the tournaments (BS Latin, Open Standard)
17:30End of the tournaments, award ceremony
18:00Get a bit of fresh air…
19:30Dinner starts
21:00Start of Gala Practice Night
05:00End of Gala Practice Night


07:00Key return of the sleeping accommodation
08:00Tournament hall opens
10:00We’ll meet again some sunny day in Kaiserslautern…


Basic Rules

Basic tournament rules


Rules regarding the Breitensport class


Rules regarding the Open class

Get all rules



Take a look at our packing list.
67€ for students (student ID required) and 87€ for non-students.
Unfortunately, no. We cannot grant you any other discounts except for that for students (student ID required). No exceptions made. We kindly ask you to refrain from asking us for further discounts.
All information can be found here. After reading, please get in touch with your team captain.
Yes, we will be selling sparkling wine at reasonable prices. Be aware that you are not allowed to bring your own beverages to the sleeping- and tournament halls – that includes sparkling wine and all other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. We will check bags and drink every bottle we find ourselves.
Yes. We will be serving breakfast in the morning (3x), lunch at lunch time (2x) and dinner on Sunday evening. Please be aware that you’ll have to organize Saturday’s dinner on your own. We will prepare a map with options and recommendations at location for you!
If you registered for a sleeping spot you’ll be sleeping in one of the sleeping halls. For further information check out our section “Accommodation” once we announce the sleeping halls.
Badge? Yes, since we want you to have a relaxed and successful tournament, you will get a small badge with a code on it. To access the dance hall and sleeping area the security staff might ask you to see your ETDS ID which can be used to check the picture you provided us in your Profile. Please make sure that your picture can easily be recognized. By this step, we hope to provide a minimum of security to our guests and the sleeping areas. We apologize for any inconvenience in advance. All related information will, of course, be deleted after the tournament as stated in our privacy disclaimer. Please have your security badge with you at all times.
We are sorry you have to cancel. Please bear in mind that cancellation before April 1st will result in an 80% reimbursement (merchandise is not eligible for refunds). Cancellation between April 2nd and the event will not be reimbursed. For more details read our terms and conditions.
No, everything you need to know regarding the tournament can be found here. Appart from the dancing rules, you will find everything you need to know on your Profile page, once you are registered and confirmed.
Yes, please do! We want you to remember the 57th ETDS fondly.
What kind of question is that?! Why wouldn’t you want to put on a costume?! Costumes and getting dressed up is very important to us and an important part of our culture. Inhabitants of Aachen wait all year to celebrate the “fifth season” – Mardi Gras – and then party on for five days! Thus, we utterly don’t understand why someone wouldn’t put on a costume as soon as there’s an opportunity to do so. BUT since we are diverse and tolerant: If it isn’t possible for you to wear one for whatever reason we will turn a blind eye. Probably.
That’s a question only you know the answer to. But we highly encourage you to catch up on sleep beforehand and plan your theme costume ahead of time.
Packing List
  • Towels
  • Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Maximum strength deodorant with a pleasant scent
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash
  • Shaving kit
  • Lotion (face and body)
  • Make-up remover
  • Blow dryer
  • First-aid kit for dancers (bandages, anti-blister bandages, gel pads, anti-hangover cure…)
  • Ice gel for your feet
  • Outfit and shoes for ballroom
  • Outfit and shoes for latin
  • Theme outfit (we love creativity!)
  • Elegant formal wear for the gala evening
  • Pyjamas
  • Underwear, bra
  • Socks
  • Pantyhose or something that will help to prevent the “gelaufener Wolf” like vaseline
  • Comfy clothes for in-between
  • Normal clothes if you want to go downtown to grab some food there on Saturday evening
  • Slippers/flip flops
  • Remember to bring rather a shirt too much than too few
  • Heel protectors (no heel protectors, no dancing!!!)
  • Hot pants underneath your latin dresses / skirts (please dress decently)
  • Make up (foundation, mascara, eyeliner, matching-the-outfit eye shadow)
  • Potent make-up remover
  • Facial skin care
  • Nail polish and -remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Comb
  • Hair gel, hair mousse
  • Hai lacquer (super strong)
  • Hair ties (super strong hold)
  • Knot hair net
  • Bobby pins
  • Decorative hair stuff (fabric flowers, decorative stuff of any kind that can be used to make your hair look pretty)
  • Scarfs, sequin ribbons…
  • Air mattress
  • Air pump (for the air mattress)
  • Pillow and / or neck cushion
  • Sleeping bag
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Alarm clock
  • ID or passport
  • Stuffed animal
  • Lucky charm
  • Small sewing kit
  • Flash light
  • Detergent
  • Camera (to remember this fabulous event) & charger
  • Phone & charger
  • Mugs for sparkling wine
  • Cash (for drinks and food on Saturday)
  • Coffee mug (a big one ‘cause you’ll be needing it)
  • Kitchen towel and dish rag (!)
  • Fan (to cool down)
  • Double-sided tape, safety pins


If you have further questions, please check out the FAQs section, read our terms and conditions, ask your team captain, and remember previous ETDS events. If you still haven’t found an answer, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@etds-ac.de and we will get back to you as soon as possible.