Newsletter February

Foundation TANZ visits Bratislava / Slovakia

As part of the Slovak pilot project “Dance in Change” Sabrina Sadowska is following an invitation to the University of Performing Arts Bratislava. Under the topic “What does professional reorientation (transition) mean and how is one prepared for it?” it will be on March 3th, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. a workshop:
+ with a generally talk about the transition theme of dancers
+ on the potentials of dancers for a further professional career after / beside the dance and important tips for a transition center in Slovakia. Participation is free!

Venue: University of Performing Arts Bratislava, Svoradova 4, Theater Faculty of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Bratislava
Registration at:

DETAILS about the project:

3rd FIA Seminar in Madrid

On 20 and 21 March 2018, the third and final seminar of the project “Dance Futures – Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Industry” will take place in Madrid. Organized by the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD), this seminar aims to establish a professional transition program for dancers in Spain, bringing together all relevant actors to name problems together and find solutions.

FIA events in 2018:

Adapted info-source, retrieved on 2./21./2018 at 13:00: ibid

Annual Transition Group 2018
Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart

For dancers who are currently in the process of transitioning + would like to be part of a group to accompany them for this time. This group will deal with all questions that arise in the transitional period: detachment from active dance, coping with grief, recognition of further potential, decision-making for a new path, implementation of a concrete idea. At each meeting, there will be a group theme and time for the personal cause. The companionship of the group is supportive and encouraging.
The idea for this annual group comes from our French colleagues, who have been doing this format for years in Paris. We offered them as pilot groups in 2017 in Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin, and the participating dancers benefited consistently.

Directors: Gabriele Naumann-Maerten (Hamburg), Christine Bombosch (Munich), Dagmar Regorsek (Düsseldorf), Heike Scharpff (Berlin), Dr. Uta Hessbrüggen (Stuttgart), Dr. Friederieke Stockmann (Leipzig)

Gabriele Naumann-Maerten: transition coach, pedagogue, cultural manager
Christine Bombosch: ex-dancer, clinical social worker M.A., IFS-therapist/counsellor, co-founder of Transition-in-Dance in Munich, currently working for the catholic railway mission Munich.
Dagmar Regorsek: Social sciences graduate, coaching for personal professional development, cooperation with the TANZ Foundation since 2011
Dr. Friederieke Stockmann: possibly a theologian with her own experience in changing industry and occupations, since 2005 working in her own practice as an organizational consultant and coach for the design of change processes
Dr. Uta Hessbrüggen: Systemic Business Coach (SHB) and Team Coach
Heike Scharpff: project leader of the foundation DANCE Transition centre Germany, certified psychologist, theatre director, drama and theatre therapist.

Dates for the 1st meeting: Hamburg: Mon. 26.3.2018, 10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. / Munich: Sun. 11.3.2018, time remaining / Düsseldorf: time remaining / Leipzig: Mon. 30.4.2018, time remaining / Berlin: Mon. 5.3.2018, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. / Stuttgart: 26.3.2018, time remaining

Participation for the entire year will be 50 € for dancers. 
(Travel expenses can be reimbursed up to 25 € – roundtrip.)

Please contact:

We thank you for the support of Tanzhaus NRW!

Updated Statutes for Financial Support

Individual Transition Sponsorship through the Stiftung TANZ

As of 2018, those applying for transition sponsorship are required either to undergo personal transition counseling through the Stiftung TANZ, or to participate in a transition workshop before applying. All further application requirements remain unaffected and can be seen on our website:

Application deadlines for 2018: 30.3. / 30.6. / 30.10.2018

For further information contact: 

Or, visit our homepage!

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Scholarship 2018

The IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Scholarship in honour of its founder Philippe Braunschweig is aimed annually at professional dancers who’ve had an international career, but didn’t acquire the right for transition support in any of the countries they have worked in. You should only apply for the IOTPD-Scholarship if you are not supported by any of its member organisations. The foundation DANCE – transition centre Germany is a member of the IOTPD.

Application deadline: 30th of April 2018


Adapted info-source, retrieved on 1/31/2018 at 14:30: ibid

German Association of Dance Educators

Continuing education 2018

Reduced participation fees for members of the German Association of Dance Educators and tamed!

Federal Academy of Cultural Education Wolfenbüttel

Annual program 2018

For example:

16.3. – 18.3.2018: Choreography, dramaturgy, and directing (for dance theater)

20.6. – 22.6.2018: Digital marketing (for cultural institutions and creators)

6.9. – 8.9.2018: One laptop — and the stage obeys! (games, programming, and electronics for theater and the arts Gameplay@stage IV)

+ Qualifications such as:

Art based geriatrics — cultural education for seniors / Application deadline: 31th of July 2018
Music. Voice. Language / Application deadline: undetermined

Registration and DETAILS at:

Continuing Education for Somatic in Dance, Choreography and Performance
Somatic Academy Berlin

The certified continuing education in somatic for dance, choreography, and performance is a specialization in somatic pedagogy which can be applied in artistic, creative, performative, and pedagogical career fields. The program encompasses 200 hours of study and can be conducted parallel to a career. “Based on embodied methods to transmit knowledge, the course strengthens self-reference, self-empowerment, and agency in creative as well as publicly effective situations. Participants will be able to apply the course material in educational as well as artistic/choreographic fields.“ Diverse course modules are on offer between March and December, 2018.

Total costs: 3,200 € (it is possible to pay in monthly installments)

DETAILS and registration at:

Cited source from 1/31/2018 at 14:20: ibid

Telephone hotline for Artists
Great Britain has newly instated a free telephone support line for musicians and other creatives in need – such as debt, (imminent) homelessness, psychological and/or physical problems – to be reached at: 0808 802 8008.

A current study from Westminster University involving 2,500 musicians showed that this group is 3x more likely to suffer from psychological problems than those with non-creative careers.

DETAILS on the initiative at:

+++ Current radio story at:

Psychological Aspects of Transition, Part 10:
Dealing with Discipline and Motivation


When asked what skills dancers will carry over into a new career, discipline is usually the first quality to be named. But every career field, every business has developed its own culture. Each situation demands its own way of working and has different expectations of its employees. The virtue of discipline, so highly praised in dance, has fallen out of fashion in the rest of society, as it is usually seen as an old-fashioned Prussian virtue (in other words, one that can be traced back to the military). Some contemporary enterprises thus place a high value on employees’ ability to deal mindfully with themselves and find a good work-life balance. This allows them to stay relaxed, i.e. maintain an easygoing demeanor, none of which excludes the possibility of professional success. It is therefore advisable to question your understanding of discipline and to use the term sensibly depending on your professional atmosphere. The concept of “motivation“ has a similar meaning, but is in my opinion more up to date.Many dancers also bring motivation to their work.

In my opinion, dancers are nearly all highly motivated. Their greater than average enthusiasm and commitment has many advantages, but also  as with any character trait which is practiced in the extreme – has a dark side. Commitment involves a great amount of energy which could be used in other areas such as family or self-care, especially with increasing age. These areas experience a lack of energy in the long term, and this can lead to personal injury. At the same, we want those around us to appreciate us when we increase our commitment to work. It’s disappointing when we don’t get the feedback we expect. But maximum commitment may not always be apparent to the outside world. In all probability, dancers will have very good results, even if they reduce their level of commitment. 150% is enough!!! Use the surplus energy for private aspects of your life, which give you joy and energy. This can seem very bizarre , particularly during the first years of transitioning. This change in attitude thus also needs discipline! The discipline of relaxation and limited work! In the long term, you will be able to find a more balanced life.

Text: Heike Scharpff

The text results from project coordinator Heike Scharpff’s (certified psychologist, coach, theater director) many years of experience advising transitions, as well as her collaboration with Katrin Kolo, who has directed our focus on the diverse uses for competencies from dance in our transition workshops.

Little job description: Trainee
In our advisory work, we notice again and again that many dancers in transition know little or nothing about ways in which they can gain temporary professional experience in practice. For example as a trainee!

Trainees are typically college graduates who receive practical training in all departments of an enterprise. Through this, they are intensively prepared for a future occupation. Trainee programs typically involve two years of full time employment, and offer payment accordingly. They are thus not comparable to internships, whether content-wise, legally, or financially. Enterprises as well as an increasing number of agencies offer possible programs for graduates. The programs develop trainees into high potential employees who will be ready to take on leadership responsibilities, or else specialists in a certain area. At the same time, trainees can make important contacts and build up a network. Exceptions are the rule! It is usually graduates that use the trainee programs as a springboard, but there are also people with previous career experience and lateral entrants that are eligible for such programs. For example, at the Federal Employment Agency within a trainee program one is prepared for tasks as a manager:

DETAILS at trainee programs generally and current trainee positions in all branches at: