One of the main functions of K3 is to provide a clearly visible platform for contemporary dance in Hamburg and function as a competent partner for information and expertise on dance in interaction with the general public, dance professionals and politicians. This particularly includes firmly establishing contemporary dance on the agenda of cultural education.
To promote an understanding of contemporary dance and choreography as artistic disciplines that combine theory and practice and encourage discussion thereof is an integral part of the concept of K3.

The series Moving Heads focuses on where dance and choreography intersect as artistic practice and discourse. K3 also regularly hosts symposiums and conventions, lectures and round table discussions exploring various aspects of these issues, as well as temporary exhibitions on the mutual influences of dance and choreography with other fields such as photography, new media and the visual arts.

The Probebühne Eins (Rehearsal Stage One) format provides insight into choreographic and artistic processes and various approaches to handling contents, form and aesthetics in a context not tied to a specific production. Artists are invited to show short samples of their work, experiments and excerpts from longer pieces with subsequent room for discussion. Probebühne Eins takes place repeatedly at irregular intervals every season; participants can apply to take part in answer to irregularly posted calls for proposals.

K3 moreover offers post-performance talks with the audience and introductory talks for performances upon request and can arrange for possibilities for school classes or other interested groups to attend rehearsals (e.g. in cooperation with Nordpuls – Klub für Zeitkunst).

K3 also offers regular classes and workshops in cooperation with the local community college as well as choreographic projects with various partners and formats aimed at people of all ages interested in dance.

K3's programme for teens and younger students includes the K3 Youth Club for teens age 15 and older and various collaboration projects and partnerships with schools and institutions, such as TuSch, the Dance Partners Fund.