Newsletter September

Funding for Individual Transitions: June 2017 

Like every year, transitioning dancers were able to apply for transition funding for the year of 2017 until 30.6.2017. We received applications in the fields of health and wellness, social work, education and dance education, management, and business administration.

A total of 8 600€ was awarded to 13 transitioning dancers. The majority of this support went to continuing education programs with certificates, acceptance into state recognized colleges and universities as well as for the final phases of career transition. Individual dance transition funding through Stiftung TANZ is intended to finance the beginnings and endings of projects and is not comparable to a full scholarship.

Good luck and much success to all scholarship recipients!

The deadline for the current round of applications is on the 30.10.2017.

For questions regarding the individual transition funding, contact:
Andrea Thomas,

Transition Family Meeting / BERLIN

The second Transition Family Meeting took place on 11th of September 2017 in the Stiftung TANZ headquarters. The meeting was organized by the donors Sabrina Sadowska and Inka Atassi, as well as the foundation’s team, Heike Scharpff and Andrea Thomas.

The goal of the event was to discuss transition projects in a cozy setting and exchange our experiences with transition.

16 dancers in transition participated in the even. For organizational reasons, participation to the event was by invitation only.

There will be another Transition Family Meeting in 2018. We are looking forward to!

Take a look also to Facebook posting 13th of September 2017 with:…

Transition Workshop „Profiling and Self-Marketing“ / 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 (educator, adult educator, administrative scientist, journalist – state examination, MA and MPP), employee Stiftung TANZ – transition centre Germany, work areas: transition counseling, transition support program as well as press and public relations work

Dates: Monday, 10/2/2017 / 1 – 6 pm & Tuesday, 10/32017 / 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 (please until 10/21/2017) with:

Transition Basics Workshop – Developing Visions/ December / FRANKFURT M.

… 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: 12/3/2017 (2-7 pm) & 12/4/2017 (10 am – 5 pm) 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.)

Register (please until 11/22/2017) with:

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

herCAREER from 12th to 13th of October 2017 / MÜNCHEN

“The careers conference herCAREER is the only conference in Germany which considers all aspects of career planning for women and families. The conference is intended for graduates, women who are specialists or in leadership positions, and entrepreneurs.”

It is not only the attractive employment opportunities which could be interesting for dancers in transition, but also the many suggestions for combining family and career, for furthering education, and also finally many tips for female entrepreneurs!

herCareer is intended for women who are taking their first steps in a new career, want to develop themselves further, or plan on starting a business. Men who feel themselves committed to combining career and family are obviously also welcome 🙂 After all: we can only do it together!

The diverse program consists of over 60 lectures and discussions, keynote speakers, over 100 career meet-ups with experts and authors, as well as job offer talks. Free child care is available during the event through online registration. The participation fees are unusually moderate:

1 day: 20 € in person / 10 € online / students and trainees0,00 €
2 days: 30 € in person / 15 € online / students and trainees 0,00 €

Registration is already in process!

IMPORTANT: participation in the sought-after herCAREER@ Night is by registration only and entails a separate fee

Program, list of experts and further DETAILS at:…

Students and trainees can travel free with FlixBus. To reserve a ticket:

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Master of Contemporary Dance Education 2018 / FRANKFURT M.

… at the / University for Music and Performing Arts under the direction of Prof. Ingo Diehl.

The full time (4 semesters), english language study program Contemporary Dance Education is aimed at professional formerly professional dancers, performers and choreographers who are interested in researching the fundamentals of their work. The concept is to react to the growing demands and current artistic developments of the field. The diploma Master of Arts comprises 120 ECTS-Credits and is internationally recognized.

Register online before 2th of October 2017

Admission to this program requires a bachelor diploma, an equivalent college degree, or at least three years of professional career experience in the field of dance as well as skills and competencies that will have to be proven during the aptitude text and which should correspond to the knowledge of the otherwise necessary degree.

Sufficient written and oral competence in German and English are also required. The aptitude test as a further requirement will follow after a successful application.

More DETAILS at:…

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Psychological Aspects of Transition, Part VI: „The Flow“

The state of completely merging with the activity we are doing and experiencing is captured particularly well by the term ’flow.’ For dance in particular, with its fluid perceptions, the term seems ideal. The psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmhalyi researched this phenomenon in high-risk athletes and was the first to develop this theory (2007).

Flow arises while managing complex and rapidly occurring feats which fall somewhere between being overwhelmed (anxiety) and underwhelmed(boredom). Flow is a condition in which awareness, motivation, and surroundings unite in a kind of productive harmony. The simultaneous occurrence of challenge, capability and a clear goal (focus) can lead to a change in the perception of time and the evaporation of worries. Csikszentmhalyi described this phenomenon in an exemplary fashion with the intense play of children, when they apparently forget themselves, and which is accompanied by deep inner satisfaction. Most dancers experience states of flow while dancing. This explains the strong emotional connection they have to their careers, although other aspects are aspects clearly play a significant role.

The experience of flow will always remain a positive memory and demands to be repeated. It is therefore important for dancers undergoing transition to become aware of their flow experiences and search for other forms with which to experience this: experiencing nature, working on meditative techniques, living out other forms of creative and artistic expression, or even an intensive exchange with kindred spirits on a common theme can allow for flow experiences which — as with dance — can be integrated into daily life.

Text: Heike Scharf

Little Job Description: Educators and specialized Educators

Due to the state wide development of publicly funded child care, the number of educators grew 61% between 2006 and 2016(2006: 415.000/ 2016: 666.000). The state is urgently pursuing educational progress, particularly for educators in Kindergartens, day care, educational assistants for elementary schools and other varieties of youth assistance. This can be further researched in the personal barometer “Early Education“ of the German Youth Institute e.V. Munich (2017, S. 4) at:…

The possible applications are broad, but does not exclude specialization. On the contrary! Our society is always more diverse! Thanks to modern principles of integration and inclusion, children and youth with immigrant backgrounds as well as those with mental and physical handicaps are enriching all varieties of educational institutions in the provinces and communities. At the same time, the educational personal is soon coming to a generational shift as many educators will retire in the next years. The great need for professional care and educational accompaniment continues.

There are by now 600 colleges for social education or social work with full-time or, in accompaniment with a career, part-time training to become a specialized educator in:

– Integration – day care and school
– Language training and language support
– Music and Rhythm
– Psychomotor activity
– Mediation in day care and school

„Those interested in a career as an educator should deeply enjoy working with people. Though educators work mainly with children and youth, they are also involved with parents, institutions and agencies. “Working on the child“ is an important aspect of the job, but it is far from being the only one […] Apart from social competence, team spirit and intuition, candidates should bring a capacity for reflexion. The capacity and the desire to question and reflect upon your own actions is a more than important competence for the training.“ Empathy, the enjoyment in working with children and youth, constant readiness for continued education, resilience, and endurance are all important qualities for a fulfilling career practice as an educator.

Education is the responsibility of individual states, so the training of an educator can very greatly from region to region. This applies to the requirements for the career training (generally a high school diploma, vocational diploma and/or at least one year of educational work).

Helpful information for each state at:

In principal, the training of an educator can be completed after a minimum of three years at a pedagogical college and is practically oriented. IMPORTANT for dancers in transition: to the best of our knowledge, the educator training, when conducted full time as further job training or new orientation, is financed by the employment agency nation wide.

An example of a course for specialized educators in full or part-time:
Gemeinnützige Stiftung SPI, Sozialpädagogisches Institut Berlin “Walter May”…

Cited source on training as an educator from 9/6/2017 at 12:30:…