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THANK YOU to our donors Christian and Sunhild Sutter! 

On 4th of February 2017, Christian Sutter celebrated his 65th birthday at the Zeche Zollverein. Born in Essen, he and his wife Sunhild are some of the biggest supporters of culture and especially dance in Essen. Christian Sutter was one of the initiators of the “Kunstkäfig“ in Essen and of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the Foundation Zollverein e.V. For his commitment he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

For his anniversary, he invited personalities from politics and society, friends and family. The Ballett Dortmund, the Aalto Ballett Essen and the Ballett Gelsenkirchen surprised their supporter with specially created performances. Instead of gifts, Christian Sutter asked for donations for our foundation. A wonderful idea: so far we have received € 15,000!

We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters!

Image source: privat 2017

Charity Gala “Transition” for the Stiftung TANZ

We are pleased to announce that on the 23th of March 2017 at 7:30 pm there will once again be a big charity gala at the Staatstheater Kassel to benefit the Stiftung TANZ – Transition Zentrum Deutschland!

“For this charity gala “Transition”, the third of its kind, dance companies from all over Germany will come to the Staatstheater Kassel. Friends of ballet AND contemporary dance will equally enjoy this evening. […] The State of Hesse with its diverse dance landscape in public and private sponsorship supports the work of the foundation DANCE – transition centre Germany. With this gala performance at the Staatstheater Kassel, taking place for the third time, the dance ensembles of Hesse along with their many guests will raise awareness for the work of the foundation. The revenues from ticket sales will go entirely towards the foundation.”

Our biggest thanks for this wonderful support goes to Thomas Bockelmann (artistic director), Dr. Frank Depenheuer (administration director), Dr. Thorsten Teubl (deputy director of the Tanztheater and Tanztheater dramaturge) and the dancers of the Staatsballett Kassel as well as all guests performing this evening: Staatsballett Berlin | Tanztheater des Staatstheaters Braunschweig | Ballett Chemnitz | Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company | Hessische Theaterakademie ZuKT | Tanztheater des Stadttheaters Gießen | Staatsballett Hannover | Tanztheater des Staatstheaters Kassel | Ballett des Theaters Ulm | Hessisches Staatsballett Wiesbaden-Darmstadt AND surprise guests!

Tickets from € 17 to € 55 (reduced € 15 to € 33) at the Theaterkasse, tel. 0561 / 1094-222

(Students of the University of Kassel receive their cultural ticket one week before the gala for € 10!)

Many thanks for this phenomenal support & we wish all of you and the entire audience a wonderful evening together!

Cited source, clicked on 27.2.2017 at 15:00:

Further information about the Charity gala “Transition“ and tickets: ibid…

Image source: Staatstheater Kassel 2017

Information Day and individual advice at the ZAV-Künstlervermittlung 

On 20th of March 2017 the project leader of the foundation, Dipl.-Psych. Heike Scharpff will present at the ZAV-Künstlervermittlung in Leipzig the work of the Stiftung TANZ and the various aspects of the subject transition of dancers: self-coaching in personal reorientation / dealing with bureaucratic hurdles / for the financing of professional reorientation

In addition, the Palucca-Hochschule Dresden and the campus naturalis GmbH will present themselves with further training courses: Prof. Fernando Coelho from the Palucca-Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden speaks about the master program Dance Pedagogy (accompanying or full-time). From August 2017 the Palucca-Hochschule will offer the first professional accompanying Dance Pedagogy in Germany.

General information about the study in advance:…

Mr. Bjorn Kusche introduces the manysided therapeutic further education offer by campus naturalis GmbH. General information at:

Following the information part, individual consultations (à 45 minutes) with Heike Scharpff are possible. The meetings are free of charge and, of course, confidential. Interested dancers please register at:

Monday, on 20th of March 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. / indiv. consultations from 2:15 p.m.
Location: ZAV Künstlervermittlung Leipzig, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 23, 04103 Leipzig

Many thanks to Dirk Elwert from the ZAV-Künstlervermittlung Leipzig for the organizational support!

Adapted text source: Heike Scharpff and Dirk Elwert (ZAV Leipzig) by mail on 8.2.2017 at 15:51

Annual transition group 2017/18: Now also in Düsseldorf!

The annual groups in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin have now started.
For dancers from the region NRW who are currently in the process of transitioning and would like to be part of a group to accompany them for this time.

This group will address all questions that may come up during this time: detachment from active dancing, overcoming grief, recognizing further potential, decision making for a new path, implementing a practical idea.
Every meeting will discuss a group theme plus time for personal concerns. Being part of a group is encouraging and supportive. The idea for this annual group comes from our French colleagues who are practising this format for many years in Paris.

Director: Dagmar Regorsek (Graduate social scientist, coach for personal professional development, cooperation with Stiftung Tanz since 2011)

Structure: 3 meetings of 4 hours at intervals of 4 weeks 1 concluding meeting after 8 months

Time plan: 1. meeting: 10th of April 2017 // 2. meeting: May 2017 // 3. meeting: June 2017 // 4. meeting: March 2018 (= final meeting)

1.meeting: 10th of April 2017 / 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. / tanzhaus nrw e.V. / Studio 8 /
Erkrather Straße 30 / 40233 Düsseldorf

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

Registrations are already running. If you are interested please

Scholarship “Unseren Künsten” of the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung …

For art, culture and music makers of ALL disciplines, so that includes dancers, who live in Hamburg.

Application deadline: 31th of March 2017

A monthly scholarship of up to € 1,500 and about 15 obligatory practical workshops to support the establishment of an independent business. Following modules will be taught starting July 2017 in 15 all day block events:
– communication and presentation
– strategy / project management / time management
– insurance / tax / copyright

Target = project oriented competencies for a successful independent career

In case of a promising project and according to needs of scholarship holder: support from the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung via a one year extended financing of the project. So there can be – but doesn’t have to be – a second phase of funding.

Applications only online at:…

Questions and answers concerning the scholarship “For Our Arts”…

Thank you to Ms Hofmann from the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung for all her information about this scholarship!

Source for this article is a phone and email conversation on 15th of February 2017 with Hofmann, Claussen-Simon-Stiftung and adapted source, clicked on 15.2.17 at…

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Scholarship 2017

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 2017

Further information here:…

Adapted source, clicked on 22.2.2017 at 14:30: ibid

The Hamburger Modell

The so-called Hamburger Modell allows permanent and statutorily insured employees of all professions (!) after a prolonged illness of at least six weeks to come back into their occupation step by step.

The length of this integration period depends on the individual case and has to be agreed on IN ADVANCE by the attending physician, health insurance and the employer. The initiative can come from the employee. The physician decides about the possible hourly work load that gets increased in steps. The medical sickness record persists during the Hamburger Modell so wage-replacement benefits are payed by the health insurance.
The length of the Hamburger Modell is also adjusted individually but it can last up to six months and can be prolonged for severe cases in accordance with the doctor and the health insurance. The end goal is to make integration of the employee back into his usual work load (in terms of time and function) possible.

The Hamburger Modell is especially suited for dancers who are working through more serious injuries and find it difficult to assess if a return to form will be possible.

IMPORTANT: If during the integration process it becomes clear that a return will not be possible, the health insurance, pension insurance and also the employment agency can jump in and offer rehabilitation measures depending on individual cases and start with the transition process.

Further information:…

This information does not claim completeness. For more details, please contact your health insurance or talk directly to your physician AND employer.

Dance and Creative Wellness Forum / Berlin

From 31th of March to 1th of April 2017, the Dance and Creative Wellness Forum will take place at the Staatsballett Berlin.

The first day of the event serves the mutual learning, professional exchange as well as the networking. The 1th of April, is under the slogan “Dance & Creative Wellness Professional Development Day” and offers various practical workshops for all interested dancers.The seats are limited, so early booking is recommended at Andrew

The organizer is the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation in cooperation with tamed.

Location: Staatsballett Berlin, Berlin, Richard-Wagner-Strasse 10, 10585 Berlin

Adapted info source and further details here:

Image source: DCW 2017

Entrance examinations for MA Dance Pedagogy …

at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden (start: winter semester 2017/18) has begun.

From August 2017, the Palucca-Hochschule offers the first extra-occupational Master in dance pedagogy in Germany. “The students will decide upon acceptance on their focus on classical or contemporary/modern dance and on a specialisation towards ballet master, dance teacher in a professional training sector or non-professional community dance. The MA dance pedagogy is an interdisciplinary course, teaching competencies in pedagogy, practical teaching, teaching assistance, rehearsal assistance, composition, dance history, medicine and psychology.”

The face-to-face study programme, taught in German, takes 2 years. The extra-occupational part-time course is taught in English over 3 years (120 ECTS).

Deadline for the entrance exam: 30th of June 2017 (application fee: € 30)

Dates for the exams: 10th and 11th of March 2017 / 7th and 8th of April 2017 / 19th and 20th of May 2017

Or by arrangement.

Further information:…

Adapted and cited source, clicked on 22.2.2017 at 11:30: ibid

The Psychological aspects of transition: 1. Grief 

The time of transitioning triggers various intense feelings. A central emotion is grief.

Grieving expresses the loss of something that had been of significant value in our life. If we indulge in this emotion, a process of dissolution and new self-discovery can begin. This process of separation stages can be transferred to dancers in transition since, from a psychological view, the separation from dance shows many parallels to the separation from a partner. During the process, our sense of identity changes, from the relationship-self (in this case the relationship with dance) back to an individual self (who am I without dance/with less dance?). Verena Kast identifies four phases of grief:

In the first phase, the “This can’t be happening”-phase, the grieving person is under shock. The separation simple cannot be true. The second phase of “departure” is marked by many emotions: from great sadness and pain to anger, guilt, wanting something back, to regretting career developments and choices. In this phase it is particularly important for the mourning process to give room to those emotions and not suppress them. This links to the third phase, Verena Kast calls it the “phase of searching, finding and separating”. In this phase, the grieving person rearranges their identity. Memories about the important time together are brought up. Precious aspects are getting integrated, painful aspects are let go. In the fourth phase of a “new relationship to yourself and the world”, people can face the world and life with a new sense of courage. When the process is survived, the grieving person has found a new sense of self and has completed an important step of development. But nevertheless, the emotion of grief will still sometimes come up in the future and the parting will be gone through again in a shorter form, triggered by particular situation or images. But the pain will become less and comfort will be available much faster.

Text by Heike Scharpff adapted or cited from “Trauer“ by Verena KAST: “Sterben, Tod und Trauer“, Editor: Johann-Christoph Student, Herder (2008)

Little job description: mid-level official for foreign affairs

(mid-level official for foreign affairs)

An option for all dancers in transition who:
– enjoy variety and challenge
– think cosmopolitan
– identify with Germany/Europe
– are open to foreign languages and culture
– would like to/are able to live abroad, alone or with their family
– don’t have a problem with being civil servants with tenure

(German citizenship and fluent German are a must, but a second language such as Russian, Turkish, Arabic can be an advantage.)

The diplomatic service of the foreign affairs office is looking for civil servants at medium level! Put simply, these are the people who, after extensive training, work in the various departments of the German embassies, for example as culture attachés. It is important to be aware that they go through all departments, for example the Visa department, so an interest in administration, law and project management is mandatory. The deployments aboard work on a so-called rotation principle, meaning every 4 to 6 years you change location. The foreign affairs office tries to accommodate personal matters in their planning. Accompanying children and teenagers usually go to an international German school in the host country. They largely gain qualifications according to the Thüringen syllabus, accepted in Germany and the EU.

The 24-month long, paid, fulltime training with intensive foreign language modules at the Akademie des Auswärtigen Dienstes in Berlin (Tegel) has an excellent reputation. Internships at the headquarters of the foreign affairs office and at a diplomatic mission abroad are part of the course.

IMPORTANT: No age limit! See here under “Q & A”:……

Applications only online from 20th of February – 15th of March 2017! (next round 2019)

Further information:…

Adapted source, clicked 9.2.2017 at 20:15: ibid

Loking for successor for a ballet school by Stuttgart 

Ms Dagmar Linke, the owner of the ballet school by the same name would like to hand over her school during the year 2017/2018 due to age. The ballet school has existed for 25 years and is an established part of cultural life in the area.

If interested, please contact by email: / mobile: 0041 79 6403501

Information about the ballet school here:

Ms Linke and Mr Wolf are happy to answer any questions about the changeover personally.

Handover of Tanzmode Gielow in Munich

Ms Karin Keitner, owner of the boutique Tanzmode Gielow in Munich would like to hand over her successful shop during the year 2017. Reasons for this decision are private.

Anyone interested in taking on this shop with a wide and specific offering for dancers of all ages please contact Ms Keitner personally: 089 / 4 48 65 94 or 0179 / 527 844 6.

The former dancer is happy to answer any questions about the change over from 15th of March.

Further details: