Newsletter October

The Dance Prize of Saxony 2017

… goes to the ballet of Chemnitz Theater for their production of „Faces of the Metropolis“ (Choreography:Reiner Feistel und Yiming Xu) under the direction of Sabrina Sadowska, the chairman of Stiftung TANZ!

The public awards ceremony took place on 28th of September 2017 in the Dresden Semperoper.


Congratulations dear Sabrina!

Inka Atassi, Heike Scharpff und Andrea Thomas

Info source from 16.9.2017 at 20:00: ibid

Transition Basics Workshop Developing Visions / FRANKFURT M.

… for dancers with no 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.

Dates: 3th of December 2017 / 2 – 7 pm. & 4th of December 2017 / 10 am. – 5 pm.

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

Registration (please until 9th of November 2017) with:

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

Call for Abstracts: 14th Congress for Dance Medicine / FRANKFURT M. 

tamed / Dance Medicine Germany e.V. is once again offering an academic and practical exchange on important themes at its 14th Congress for Dance Medicine. These include health support for dancers, dance educators, dance creators and dance athletes as well as health support through dance.

The aim of the conference is an interdisciplinary exchange between research, teaching, and practice.

Reports from the fields of clinical and practical dance medicine, medicinal research in dance, dance science, training techniques, physiology, nutrition, psychology, and education would all be welcome additions to the program!

Please submit abstracts online at:

Deadline: 15th of October 2017

General DETAILS at:

TIPS for formatting and preparing abstracts at:…

Event location: College of Music and Performing Arts (HfMdK) at Frankfurt M.

Adapted info source from 09/22/2017 at 12:40:

Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 / October BERLIN

“We have the chance to create a better world; more loving, funny (enjoyable/entertaining), sensitive and artistic than has ever been possible. But we have to jump into the ring, get it in gear, and undertake the work ourselves.“

For all transitioning dancers interested in entrepreneurship or who have already developed their own businesses and are looking to share their ideas = 2 days of keynote presentations, impulse groups and workshops among like-minded people on the 21th and 22th of October 2017!

Tickets: 75,00 € (with 0,00% MwSt.)
Group rate: 2 to 4 persons= 71,00 €
5 and more: 66,00 €

The tickets are sent digitally by email and are thus free. Remember your student ID for admission!

More DETAILS with:…

Cited Info source from 09/20/2017 at 13:00:

Exchange Funding: Further Education with the Austrian Federal Bureau

… for dancers and choreographers with Austrian citizenship or residence in Austria, and who either have a recognised artistic diploma or who have pursued dance/performance as their main career for many years.

– public artistic output and a career path in the overall Austrian context which have until now been of consistently exceptional quality
– stylistic uniqueness, potential for innovation
– effect on the pubic
– goals and contents of the proposed education
– acquirement of additional qualifications through the program for further education
– type, scope and meaningfulness of the further education
– value of the new skills, which would be acquired abroad, in Austria
– economic need, suitability and balance of the calculations, recognizable need of assistance
– Application deadline: at least three months before the beginning of the educational program

IMPORTANT: pedagogical certification will not be funded!

DETAILS with:…

Further funding opportunities for performing artists on this website!

Adapted Info-Source from 09/18/2017 at 14:45: ibid

Scholarships from the Academy of Cultural Education of NRW

The Academy for Cultural Education is now offering two scholarships for the research and development of problems in the area of dance education. The scholarship recipients will present their result from the 5th to the 9th of December 2018 in the Dance Education Lab at the Academy of Cultural Education in Remscheid.

The scholarship covers:
– participant fees for three weeks
– reduced costs for food and housing
– rehearsal space for the week of the 23th to the 27th of July, 2018.

Application = CV (1 DIN-A4 Page) and a description of the proposed research interest (1 DIN-A4 Page) to be emailed to:

Dr. Fabian Chyle,

Application deadline: 1th of November 2017

Adapted Info source from 09/22/2017 at 12:45:…

Symposium „Dance-Diversity-Inclusion“ / October DORTMUND 

The Society for Dance Research will lead a symposium on the theme of “Dance-Diversity-Inclusion“ from the 27th to the 29th of October, 2017 at the TU Dortmund.

„Diversity and inclusion are central terms in current debates about education, academics, politics, and culture as they will measurably form future developments in society. The term diversity is used to describe living together in an increasingly complex society. […] For a long time, diversity has also played a role in dance, whether as an artistic theme, as an impulse for the creative process, in terms of methods for teaching dance, or in the context of dance therapy.“

Program and registration at:…

Partizipation fee: members = 90 € / regular: 120 € (reduced 45 €*)
* students/unemployed/retirees (with valid documentation)

Cited and adapted info source from 09/22/2017 at 12:30:…

Accompanying online: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work / POTSDAM 

Since 2003, the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences offers a supervised online degree in Social Work (B.A.), which can typically be completed within 8 semesters. The program works in cooperation with an established network of partner schools throughout the region: ASH Berlin, HS Fulda, FH Koblenz, HS München, FH Münster, HS Rhein-Main.

Throughout the degree there is a block seminar once a month on Friday and Saturday as well as introductory and accompanying events. The phases are arranged flexibly as blended learning modules and are thus particularly suitable for employees or parents with young children.

Application deadline for summer 2018: 15th of January 2018

“[…] Social work recognizes, evaluates and thematizes social problems and processes solutions, arrangements, and agreements with diverse social actors. Through a degree in social work, you will gain the qualification to realize and reflect upon such processes of assistance. Research as well as preventative, intervening, and rehabilitative ways of working are united in this field. The possible areas of social work are diverse and multi-faceted.“

Focal points of the degree are:
foundation and fields of social work / legal background (administrative, family, child and youth law) / advising and leading discussions / fundamentals of psychology, sociology, education, culture and politics as well as gender studies / organization and social management / social research

Semester fees = ca. 110 € / Semester
(with a semester ticket in Berlin/Brandenburg a total of 275 Euro/Semester)

Further costs for learning material = 65 € /per online module
(a total of 17 online modules, ca 3 per semester)

Requirements = university entrance qualification according to the Brandenburg university laws (High school diploma or vocational diploma) and at least 15 hours a week in a studies-related career in the field of social work.

Further DETAILS at:…

cited and adapted info-source from 09/22/2017 at 12:15: ibid

Psychological Aspects of Transition Part VII: Anxiety

Fear is a part of life. In appropriate amounts, it can help us to protect ourselves from dangerous situations. It is part of our primitive biological fight-or-flight reflex, which initiates physical changes: the heart accelerates, the body emits adrenaline, tension rises, breath becomes shallow, and complex thinking is no longer possible. When an anxiety-inducing situation has been effectively dealt with, the whole system can again relax (1).

This warning system developed itself long before the rise of the technological society and no longer functions in a way which is appropriate to the situation. Fears can multiply when people systematically block out anxiety-inducing situations (2). Then they can become irrational; they are, in other words, excessive to the requirements of the situation. For instance, this could happen when we project unpleasant situations into the future. Many of us are afraid of exams, of the dentist, or of managing certain bureaucratic procedures. Yet such negatively connoted situations become more uncomfortable and angst-ridden the longer we procrastinate. Finally we avoid such situations totally. This leads to a restricted life style. New fears are part of a fulfilling and interesting life. It is precisely the new, the unknown, and the not-as-yet-experienced which produce anxiety. This can be resolved when we confront anxiety-inducing situations and ‚master’ them. Dancers and other performing artists are well aware of this from stage fright (3).

Some degree of fear is therefore to be expected in every life-altering change, including the transition. This should not be irritating. Just as with stage-fright, this fear can be dealt with by confronting it; in other words, by approaching the problem, informing oneself, evaluating it und trying new solutions. Fear of transitioning usually only becomes a problem when dancers avoid the theme for too long. Then the fear evolves into a ‚‘fear of fear’, particularly if one does not speak with others about transitioning. As such, we encourage dancers to share their experience with others or with us.

The psychologist and therapist Dr. Rolf Merkle writes:“Changes do not create fear. We fear changes when we see them as a threat and perceive ourselves as weak and helpless; thus not trusting ourselves to deal with the new or the unknown.“(4) Some fear is part of the process; it is there to be overcome and even contains the possibility that we develop ourselves further. No-one should freak out! The psychotherapist Conni Strauss, director of one of the most innovative psychosomatic clinics (Bad Grönebach) even says:“We need to go where the fear is!“ (5). Those who confront their fears will develop. At least, those who want to experience the fullness of life.

Stiftung TANZ – Germany’s Transition Centre offers wide-ranging information for dancers so that they can master their transitions.

(1) Gert Kaluza: Gelassen und sicher im Stress, Springer 2012, S. 19-21
(2)… abgerufen am 25.9.2017 um 9:23
(3)… abgerufen am 25.9.2017 um 9:36
(4)… abgerufen am 26.9.2017 um 15.10
(5) Dr. Conni Stauss In: Vortrag 1997, Psychosomatische Klinik Bad Grönenbach

(Text: Heike Scharpff)

Little Job Description: Bookbinder 

This handwork has its roots in ancient days yet has managed to survive despite digitalization.

Bookbinders prepare individual and special orders by hand, as well as producing book covers, enhancing and repairing books, creating special packaging and picture frames (including valuable mounts) with the use of machines, depending on the commissions and the equipment at hand. “It takes at least three days to prepare a book. A week to ten days is standard,“ explains Paul Ebsen of the Employment Agency. This is perhaps that reason that each year, roughly 50 apprentices take up the apprenticeship nationwide, as the agency informs us.

The three year apprenticeship is dual, in other words, it consists of theoretical as well as practical aspects in the respective training enterprise. These are mostly small workshops. You can learn which workshops are offering apprenticeships by inquiring at your local book binder. The formal qualifications for the apprenticeship is a middle school diploma.

To find contentment working with this traditional craftsmanship, it takes:

– Interest in books
– Talent, enjoyment, and creativity in dealing with diverse materials
– visual/spatial intelligence and a love of detail
– solid knowledge of maths, especially materials science
– good posture and robust health, as most of the work is performed standing
– no allergies

„The Restauration of historical texts has acquired new significance. More emphasis is placed on the recovery of originals. An apprenticeship as a book binder can thus often serve as the basis for further qualifications as a restorer.“

Further information to this career:

On the ancient art of book binding:…