Newsletter August

Transition Workshop „Profiling and Self-Marketing“ / October in BERLIN

for transitioning dancers who would like to be more conscious of their strengths.

Do you know your competences outside of dance? Do you know what new career possibilities you could have with your unalterable mix of abilities and character; in other words, how you can realize your transitions goals?
The workshop is intended for freelance dancers in transition, as well as dancers in transition who are looking for a permanent position.

Through practical exercises and role play, through group work and discussions, we will explore the strengths which characterize a skill profile and positively impact public image. By reflecting together, the participants can clarify for themselves what their mid to long term goals are, both personally and professionally. They will furthermore learn tools for successful career networking and self-marketing which are increasingly vital in the professional world. By the end, the workshop participants should be capable of evaluating their specific profile and formulating it both orally and in writing.

Direction: Heike Scharpff; Project coordinator for Stiftung TANZ transition centre Germany, psychologist, theater director, drama and theater therapist, coach & Andrea Thomas, MA, Erwachsenenbildnerin, Coach, Mitarbeiterin Stiftung TANZ-Transition Zentrum Deutschland

Dates: Monday 2.10.2017 1 – 6 pm & Tuesday 3.10.2017 10 am – 4 pm
Place: Bildungszentrum der Stiftung TANZ, Weg zur Quelle 13, 12587 Berlin-Hirschgarten

Costs: 50,- € /per participant
(The Stiftung-TANZ will cover the train costs – with BahnCard 50/early booking price/Bahncard 25).

Register (until 21st october 2017) at :

Transition Basics Workshop – Developing Visions/ November in Frankfurt/ Main

for dancers who don’t have any ideas for their future careers yet, as well as those who would like to be reassured by sharing their ideas in a group.

Our workshop on coping with transition: Over 180 dancers have benefited from this workshop in the past 7 years.
The workshop deals with the fundamental questions about transitioning: what will come after my dance career? How can I earn a living apart from dance? How can I develop an idea for my career? What skills do I have? What can I do with them, and what do I want to do? What can I do in the future that will stimulate and excite me in the same way as dance?
The workshop also offers necessary factual information for starting a new career. All stage dancers are welcome, whether freelance or with a long term contract in a theater. Themes: discovering your own skills and interests, developing visions for the future as well as concrete plans, learning from the experiences of others and creating a network. It is also possible to have an individual consultation at the end of the workshop.

Workshop directed by: Katrin Kolo; certified economist, dancer, choreographer and business consultant, founder of arts-in-business, cofounder of Transition-in-Dance in Munich. Heike Scharpff; Project coordinator for Stiftung TANZ transition centre Germany, registered psychologist, theater director, drama and theater therapist, Coach.

Dates: 19th (2-7 pm) & 20th (10 am – 5 pm) November 2017 at Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstr. 4, Frankfurt/ Main

Costs: 50,- € /per participant (The Stiftung-TANZ will cover the train costs – with BahnCard 50/early booking price/Bahncard 25).

With the generous support and cooperation of the dance platform Rhein-Main.

Continuing Education Program „MUSEALOG“ / Oldenburg

MUSEALOG qualifies job-seeking academics for work in museums and cultural institutions.

Within eight months, participants are awarded a certificate as „Specialist for Collections Management and Quality Standards in Museums“. MUSEALOG’s practical focus gives participants the optimal qualifications for daily life requirements in museums and cultural institutions. The program consists of three equally weighted modules, involves 168 days (including 16 free days), and takes place full time from Monday to Friday.

MUSEALOG 2017 | 2018 begins on September 27 2017 in Oldenburg and end on 1.6.2018.

Apply immediately!

For further information, send an e-mail with your home address to: or call 0049 219 97 20 6

Adapted info source: University Halle-Wittenberg Newsletter, July 2017

Improved financial support with premium voucher since 1.7.2017

The conditions for the premium voucher have been altered so that more dancers in transition can receive financial support for their continuing education.
These are the changes which apply since 1.7.2017:

– voucher can be awarded on a yearly (!) basis
– NO more age barriers
– NO more 1 000 € limit, i.e. the total amount can be more than 1 000 € *
– exams and compulsory training can be financed under certain conditions **

Persons employed at least 15 hours a week and with a maximum of 20 000 € taxable income (for those jointly assessed = 40 000€) are eligible for the premium voucher. As always, the support covers 50% of the course costs, to a maximum of 500€.

* Exceptions for continued education in Brandenburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein. In these states, the premium voucher can only be used when the costs are not higher than 1 000 €.
* ** see also: „Continued Education Premiums of the Employment Agency“:…

Adapted info-source from 17.7.2017 at 12:00:…

New Website of the Employment Agency 

“Welcome, how can we help you?“, asks the employment agency to all visitors of its new web portal.
The following topics now feature clear orientation:
unemployment and finding work / school, training, studying / family and children / people with disabilities / career and continuing education / foreigners

Further details at:

Certified training in curation / BERLIN

An extra-occupational course in curation will take place from 22.9.2017 to 9.12.2017 at the UdK Berlin with 100 course hours. This offer is intended for “everyone who would like to curate as a major or a minor or in a non-artistic career, as well as for decision makers in public institutions and businesses. The content includes:
– a wide spectrum of curatorial approaches
– a compact overview of current fields of activity
– acclaimed lecturers
– expert discussions and individual counseling
– visits to exhibition spaces in Berlin
– Theme 1: legal conditions
– – Theme 2: art and culture marketing
– – Theme 3: cultural mediation and financing
-Theme 4: Organisation und production of exhibitions

The course takes places on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 18:00 or 19:00.
Costs: 2 990 € (also possible in three payments of 1 010 €) / Individual modules for 740€

REGISTRATION until 25.8.2017


Cited info-source from 2.7.2017 at 15:00: ebenda

For more information on this theme, see also “Occupations: art and culture mediator“, Newsletter Juni 2017:…

Five misconceptions about scholarships

When transitioning dancers decide to study, one of their biggest challenges is financing. They should therefore start thinking about it as soon as possible (at least one year before starting), because it takes time to find relevant opportunities. In addition, they should pay attention to application deadlines and other formalities.

In considering a scholarship, you should begin early enough with the research AND not let yourself be influenced be preconceptions such as:

1. they are only for the gifted, engaged, and needy
2. they are only for those beginning to study
3. there aren’t enough scholarships on offer
4. there are too many applicants
5. the application process is a big effort.
For most scholarships, there are more than 40 different criteria. Many of the 2 100 sponsors in Germany/EU are looking to fund students in a higher semester.
Furthermore, statistics show that 2/3 of all students have never applied for a scholarship. The most important application documents are usually the letter of motivation and the CV – further documents, such as diplomas, may also be needed, and can be found in the application conditions 😉

Orientation for scholarships is offered, among others, by:…

Adapted data source, from 2.7.2017 at 15:30:

DAAD – Scholarships for Students

in the subjects of Fine Art/Design/Film, Dance/Acting/Theater direction/Musical

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest organization for sponsoring international exchanges with students and researchers. Their many sponsorship programs include several for artists. The amount of support varies from 550€ to 1 050 € per month for students, to 725€ to 1 275€ for graduate students, depending on the country. Travel costs and administration fees are also covered. The DAAD year long scholarship has a maximum time period of 12 months. Students of all ages (!) in the above mentioned fields can apply for this scholarship after their second semester. Good or very good academic performance is required.
Application deadline: 31.10.2017

Required application documents are:
– completed application form
– two letters of recommendation
– language certificate for those whose mother tongue is not German
– a successful selections interview

DETAILS with the key word „Jahresstipendium“ at:

Adapted info-source from 5.7.2017 at 13:00: ebenda

Info-Brochures from the Performing Arts Program at LAFT Berlin for Experts

»Develop contractual relationships with legal certainty. Self-employment/Non-self-employment«
„In 2017, the Performing Arts Programm at LAFT Berlin founded a new panel of experts in the field of »Counseling and Qualifications«. The program’s first information booklet, which explains contractual relationships, has now been published. […]”

The first information booklet for experts is entitled »Develop contractual relationships with legal certainty. Self-employment/Non-self-employment« and can be found online at:…

„[IMPORTANT]: The information booklet does not replace legal counseling. It is not advisable to use individual sections of the contract without having them examined. The building stones of the contract need to be adapted for particular circumstances. The information booklet should illuminate legally relevant themes for the freelance scene and create awareness of the current legal situation.“

Cited info-source from 17.7.2017 at 11:00:…

Psychological aspects of transition, part V: Self-reflection

Self-reflection refers to the ability to think about yourself and the situation in which you find yourself. This is naturally of particular importance during the transition in order to discover which career path would suit your own personality and situation. The necessary condition for self-reflection is a certain distance from yourself, as well as a condition of self awareness. This means honestly observing and perceiving yourself, what constitutes you as an individual, and how you can describe your possibilities and limits.
The following questions can serve as a guideline for self-reflection on a new career orientation:

* What do I need to be happy? Which conditions?
This question focuses on the needs of a person. Apart from general needs (nourishment, clothing, housing, security, value), these can be very individual upon further evaluation. We have already examined the need for freedom and security in our last newsletter (NL 07/17 der Stiftung TANZ). These are followed by further needs such as regularity and change, free weekends or the possibility of working in different countries. A necessary income or a desired wage can also be part of this list of needs.

* What interests me (apart from dance)?
The first collection of interests should consider both the professional and personal world. Even ’banal’ interests can become careers or a source of independence (Example: there is online shipment of parrot toys, reporters on the English crown etc). A combination of interests can also lead to a new professional direction.

* What can I do? What are my abilities?
The answers to these questions can lead to a long list. To complete this, it takes intensive self-perception in daily life. What am I actually doing? What do I do spontaneously when I have free time? What do others ask me to do? All tasks which we frequently perform are also abilities we possess. Many abilities and skills can be used in different professional fields.

* What are my values? What in my life has a central value?
Work which corresponds to your own values can give life meaning and ultimately satisfaction, even in different professional fields (cf. Lang-von Wins & Triebel, 2006). Just as with your competencies, they can be transferred to different activities and fields of work. Values can concern social life (justice, fairness, intergenerational justice) and interactions with nature, or simply your own person (wealth, attractive surroundings etc).

Answering the questions above leads step by step to clarification about the direction of your new journey. You can undertake this process of clarification for yourself. A change in perspective can support the individual cognitive process, and it is advisable to have accompaniment in the form of individual counseling, coaching or even workshops through the Stiftung TANZ.

If needed, please get in touch with us at:

Our advice is cost free and confidential!

Indirectly cited source from 14.7.2017 at 7:40:…

Lang-von Wins, Thomas / Triebel, Claas: Kompetenzorientierte Laufbahnberatung, Heidelberg 2006

(Text by Heike Scharpff)

Little job description: Speech Therapist

“A person who doesn’t fully develop their language ability risks being shut out from their friend circle, from society and from a career. Children whose language development is too little supported have problems. Or people who stutter. People after a stroke. People whose voices aren’t ready for the challenges of a career.
In children and adults,these limitations in the capacity to communicate can be related to fluency, articulation, resonance or voice, and oral feeding. When more of these areas are affected, one is dealing with a complex (communication) disorder. These complex disorders can occur in children as well as adults. They are often the result of inborn (as in disability) or acquired (as in stroke) disorders.

[State approved speech therapists are non-medical specialists and] represent a specialized health career which works in the realms of prevention, early diagnosis, early support, rehabilitation. It is responsible for counseling, diagnosis and therapy [(i.e. children and youth health services of the youth welfare offices)]. Speech therapists can also work in an independent practice as speech, language and voice therapies are based on remedy guidelines.”

In Germany, the education of a speech therapist is subdivided into:
– certification at a vocational college and
– since 2009, as either a BA or MA with the normal duration of studies

Speech therapy at vocational college comprises three years of full time studies with theory and practice. The qualification for this course is a diploma from a secondary school (Realschule), another equally evaluated diploma, or at least two years of further career training after the minimum required education (Hauptschulablschluss). Application can be given directly to the vocational colleges, which, depending on the type of school, may request school fees.

Since 2009, speech therapy can also be studied at universities (BA and MA). The necessary qualification is a high school diploma, otherwise a subject-specific diploma. Those who have completed a speech therapy exam at a vocational college can also study speech therapy at the university without a high school diploma.

In order to receive scholarships while studying speech therapy, it is advisable to have a combination of studies at a vocational school AND as a BA or MA. This double model is possible, for instance, at the Academy for Health Careers Heidelberg. Further directions for training and study can be found at:…

The German National Association Speech therapy, founded in 1964, is the professional organization for independent and employed speech therapists as well as other related career groups. More information at its highly informative website: