Newsletter December


Annual Transition Group 2018
Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Stuttgart & LeipzigFor 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: Christine Bombosch (Munich), Dagmar Regorsek (Düsseldorf), Heike Scharpff (Berlin), N.N. (Stuttgart & Leipzig)

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
Heike Scharpff: project leader of the foundation DANCE Transition centre Germany, certified psychologist, theatre director, drama and theatre therapist.

Structure: 3 meetings of 4 hours at intervals of 4 weeks 1 concluding meeting after 8 months
1st meeting: March 2018 // 2nd meeting: April 2018 // 3rd meeting: May 2018 // 4th meeting: December 2018 – final meeting
(Every city will find an individual date for the first meeting so that everyone interested will be able to attend.)

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!

Yoga Certification starting 2018
through the professional association of independent yoga teachers and therapists (BdfY) inc.The registered society BdfY was founded in 2010 with its main office in Freiburg. As a professional association, it aims to give yoga teachers the possibility of working in an organization, regardless of their individual traditions of yoga, so that they receive more security, information and social acceptance. The organization offers a network for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and yoga enthusiasts.“ BdfY will also be offering yoga qualification in 2018:

200h = Yoga therapy development starting 22th of June 2018 / 1.790 € incl. training materials + exam

500h =  Yoga teacher starting 13th of April 2018 / 4.195 €

700h =  Yoga therapist starting 13th of April 2018 / 5.966 € incl. training materials + exam

For transitioning dancers who already have certification as yoga teachers and are working freelance in this area: BdfY members (98€/year) profit from diverse member benefits such as:

– 20% discount on yoga materials
– 20% deduction for students and single parents
– reduced professional indemnity insurance (!)
– calendar of events
– presentation of your own yoga school
– marketing and enterprise counseling
– newsletter
– service hotline
– legal information(!)

DETAILS about BdfY e.V. at:

Cited info source from 10/20/2017 at 20:00: ibid

Annual Program 2018 online!
Federal Academie for Cultural Education Department of the Academie for Cultural Education
More Transition Support!
Result of the 1st conference of the networkdance-Initiativ 2017
Network Dance sees itself as representing the interests of dancers in the ballet and dance ensembles in Germany. The conferences of the Network Dance – for the first time in the summer of 2017 – are intended to promote the regular exchange between the ensemble speakers. Almost 30 ballet companies from all over Germany took part in 2017. An issue at the first meeting in 2017 was also the transition of dancers.„The limited time of a dancer’s career must absolutely be taken into account. The members of this House should proceed with caution. There is a small time window between 32 and 44 when dancers can collect their full compensation from the Bayerische Versorgungskammer. This regulation therefore determines when dancers are obliged to end their careers. We must allow greater freedom for and involvement from the dancers themselves. Transitioning must be seen as an unconditional part of this career. We should therefore fund a support program (not just counseling). The problem is that the transition-compensation is effectively the pension playoff the dancers. How can transition and old-age care be dealt with separately?“

DETAILS on the 2017 conference here:

The 2nd conference of the networkdance-Initiativ takes place on 19th of February 2018!
Cited source from 12/8/2017 at 12:30: ibid

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes: self-application 2018
Scholarships for students of non-art subjects!“Every student at a university or college who is studying in a BAföG-eligible course of study can apply at the beginning of the course (up to the second semester) and pass a selection test, with the exception of students The students will be invited to take part in a selection seminar, where they will have the chance to convince in a personal interview, and will be looking for students who stand out for their high level of performance Interests, a tolerant personality and social responsibility.” Candidates who are the first to study in their family are particularly encouraged.

Applications from 8th of January 2018!

DETAILS on self-application here:

Quoted source, accessed on 15.12.2017 at 12:00: ibid

Claussen Simon Foundation: Master Plus 2018 
For all fields of study!The scholarship program Master Plus is intended for students in all fields of study who are beginning their master’s degree after a successfully completed bachelor. The Claussen Simon Foundation wants foremost to ensure that scholarship recipients are able  to devote themselves entirely to their studies. At the same time, they want to accompany the personal development of scholarship recipients with their ideal sponsorship program. The support from the Master Plus scholarship program continues for the standard time of study and ends with the completion of the studies. After the end of the funding, alumni of the program can continue to participate in select events of the Claussen Simon Foundation and make use of its network of scholarship recipients.

Application deadline for summer 2018: 1st to 21th of February, 2018

DETAILS at:…/master-plus.html

Adapted source from 11/25/2017 at 9:30: ibid

EU-SUBSIDIES: creative-europe-desk 
For small and large border crossing cooperative projects!This program deals with cooperative cultural projects with priorities such as:

mobility / digitalisation / new social models / (continuing) education

This funding is interesting for dancers in transition dealing with these themes in organizations, enterprises, cultural agencies or institutions, or those who have an idea for a project with a corresponding partner (legal entities are entitled to apply), but are still searching for (partial) financial means.

For an overview of sponsored projects with german involvement to date, visit:

Program goals:
– to internationalize culture and creative branches in Europe
– to support the international mobility of agents
– to promote the proliferation of culture over borders
– to engage new audiences
– to use digital technology

Maximum duration: 48 months
Earliest possible funding begin: May or June 2018
Maximum funding quota: 50% for large projects / 60% for small projects

Application deadline: 18th of January 2018

Application documents and more DETAILS here:

Adapted info-source from 10/27/2017 at 17:00: ibid

Psychological Aspects of Transition 8: Both/And
Mit Denkblockaden umgehen übenThe process of finding a new orientation frequently involves barriers. These are largely the result of thought patterns which thwart the development of constructive new attitudes. It is necessary to recognize such destructive thought patterns, give yourself the permission to question them, and then dissolve them.

One typical thought pattern which can lead to a block lies in the thought “either/or!“. This thought pattern creates great pressure in the process of orientation, since dancers are especially wide-ranging in their interests and talents. Most of them have for example an interest in bodily work as well as artistic activity. The idea of having to choose between these options after leaving the dance world leads understandably to resistance and pressure. In such cases, it is helpful to ask: why is it even necessary to choose between the two? Can I not follow both talents? This line of questioning opens up perspectives in a new way and can even produce new ideas.

Your perspectives will be further widened when you give yourself permission to live out all your talents. These can be explored parallel to one another, as patch-work careers are no longer a rarity, and one can find pilates trainers who also work as photographers, or dance educators who also give painting courses etc. Another possibility is to combine different interest and talents into something completely new such as has never been given form. Once could for instance develop a pilates studio which features a new art exhibit every four weeks and a dance performance at each new opening. As artists, dancers are predestined to create new careers and enterprises. Which is why we defend the attitude of both/and instead of either/or! Develop new connections and don’t let yourself be defeated be negative thought patterns.

If you need companionship on your journey, don’t hesitate to use our free and confidential counseling services.

This user-friendly approach takes into consideration Heike Scharpff’s (registered psychologist, coach, theater director) many years of transition counseling.

Text from Heike Scharpff

Little Job Description: Animal Farmer 
specialty: beekeepingLove of animals, interest in biology and ecology, lust for activities involving intensive movement in the outdoors, responsibility, endurance, and an engaged, independent work ethic are some of the most important requirements to becoming an animal farmer (1).  Those who are particularly interested in bees can specialize in beekeeping. They work among others in an apiary, breeding queens, and pollination operations, or are working in organic agriculture as a partner. The number of beekeepers is around 120 000 and the largest portion are in Bavaria (2). Beekeeping enjoys increasing popularity, particularly in cities. Urban beekeeping is often practiced with great enthusiasm, yet mostly as a hobby which, on account of lacking knowledge, is linked to great risks for bee populations. The professionalization of urban beekeeping by specialized animal farmers working independently or as a second job would therefore be highly desirable.

80% of all agricultural plants must be pollinated by bees if they are to bear fruit (3). „Beekeepers render a great environmental service by helping to pollinate blossoming flowers, while also producing a valuable food product. They feed and care for bee populations, maintain the bee housing and find a suitable location for their animals. When the honey combs are ready, they remove them and extract the honey. They observe standards of quality and hygiene.“ (4)

The dual certification of an animal farmer generally takes three years, but can also be completed in two in case of prior career training or abitur. One example of a state recognized training facility for beekeeping is the Lower-Saxon Institute for Bee Studies in Celle:

DETAILS on training as a TW, specialising in beekeeping as the Chamber of Agriculture:

With „trial“ or „rental bees“, beekeeping organizations across the nation seek to find trainees. DETAILS on professional beekeeping, aw well as „trial bees“ at:

+ Information on the trend of urban beekeeping here:

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Christmas and New Year 

Our offices will be closed from December 22th, 2017  to January 5th, 2018!

Stiftung TANZ — Transition Centre of Germany wishes you all an enjoyable Christmas Season and a good start to the New Year!

All the best for 2018,

Sabrina Sadowska & Inka Atassi und Heike Scharpff & Andrea Thomas