|Psychological Aspects of Transition, part 9: Transfer!
Using competencies you have learned in dance for your transition
Build concentration, focus, balance, make contact with the ground, make contact with the partner, breathe, relax, get feedback, be helped, disassemble a long passage into smaller parts and train them individually, be frustrated with negative feedback & get up anyway and continue – all these are skills that dancers naturally use every day in the ballet room and are often unaware of it. These are skills that make dancers particularly strong personalities and that can be transferred to other areas and processes. Especially for the transition period, they contain enormous potential.
Especially in the transitional period, it can happen that one’s head buzzes with new thoughts and unfamiliar feelings, then it means: making contact with the ground, breathing deeply, keeping balance, being helped. Or you have too many ideas for your professional future, then you have to focus, first try a way (for example through an internship), get feedback. Or a professional goal seems to be unreachable, then it means: the long way broken down into smaller parts with intermediate goals. A stopover is faster and easier to reach. One should reward oneself for reaching an intermediate goal. Then you can set a new smaller target. In this way, you can use the skills of the dance to master a challenging time, such as the transitional period, when it comes to repositioning yourself professionally. When you arrive at a new location, you will notice how many experiences you have, even though you are supposed to be a ‘re-starter’. From our point of view, skills from dance can be used at every professional place.
To realize this, sometimes you need professional support. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation via Skype or in person. We can help you to use your already existing competences, your potential for yourself and the reorientation process of the transition.
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.