Newsletter Januar

The year 2016 in the chronological review of the TANZ Foundation

March 2016
Sabrina Sadowska, founder and chairman of the TANZ Foundation, was awarded the medal of the Federal Republic of Germany by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

The 7th Tanztheatertage in Hameln was opened with a BENEFITGALA for the TANZ Foundation. Ballet director Ricardo Fernando and Carla Silva had invited international soloists from different companies, and together with Ballett Hagen they presented a varied program with many acclaimed highlights.

April 2016
The TANZ foundation was represented by a stand at the 7th BERLINER STIFTUNGSTAG in the Red Town Hall, which was supervised by Andrea Thomas. We are back in 2017!

May 2016
At the beginning of May 2016, a second professional EXCHANGE was organized by the German Dance Culture Umbrella Organization between Japanese and German dance experts in Japan. In the German delegation were founder Sabrina Sadowska and the board of trustees of our foundation, Prof. Dr. Ralf Stabel.

John Neumeier, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the TANZ Foundation, was honored with the “TANZ-OSCAR” for his work on the historical stage of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater during a gala on the occasion of the Prix Benois de la Danse.

On the occasion of the GERMAN STIFTUNGSTAGE in Leipzig in May 2016, Sabrina Sadowska was invited as a speaker on the topic “Free without age restrictions – cultural foundations, demography and the question of the meaning of life”, which was especially about the situation of older dancers.

September 2016
The first TRANSITION FAMILY MEETING in September took place on the terrace of our foundation and gave dancers in a cozy round with cheese and wine the opportunity to exchange experiences and to network.

November 2016
As reported, the first conference “LEAP Together – Career and Life Transitions in Dance and Sport” took place in Toronto, as well as the annual board meeting of the International Organization for Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD).

December 2016
“Dances of the dancers after your dance career” = anonymous SURVEY to the professional career of former dancers, conducted by Lisa-Marie Petzka, Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Cultural and Media Management as part of her Master’s Degree Program. This survey was organisational supported by the TANZ Foundation.

In the middle of December 2016 we offered counseling to the 800th dancer since Stiftung TANZ was founded. In the course of the year, 624 talks took place per telephone, e-mail, skype or eye to eye. Two transition workshops took place (Berlin, Stuttgart). The project director Heike Scharpff held three lectures at companies (Ballett Gelsenkirchen, Ballett Ulm, Tanztheater Braunschweig, Musikalische Komödie Leipzig), there were also two counseling days outside of our offices (Bayerisches Staatsballett, K3 Hamburg).

On our Facebook page there were more than 200 posts posted in 2016. The current record of our Facebook postings for 2016 is 9,390 persons and was achieved on June 17, 2016 with a transition portrait about the former dancer and today’s medical student Tobias Almasi, which was shared or commented 512 times.
In the section “Transition short portrait”, our Facebook contributions about Lena Klein (Parkinson’s dance) and Julia Röhrsheim (aviation service buyer) had the same success. The former dancers Ines Fischbach (Pilates trainer currently BA-study Fitnessökonomie) and Simone-Rabea Döring (dance therapist curative psychotherapist) had the largest readership in the section “Congratulate …”. We would like to thank all the dancers who have been portrayed or mentioned on our Facebook page – not to mention here – for your willingness and the very good cooperation with the postings!

Our monthly newsletter 2016, published in German and English, included a total of 95 articles in both languages and was distributed electronically to around 1,500 readers. At this point we would like to thank the former dancer Suzanne Frost for her energetic and reliable translation support!

Last year, the TANZ Foundation has supported 38 dancers in transition with scholarships in an amount of € 26,950 for their individual transition project in vocational education and training.

Starting in 2017, the TANZ Foundation, with its free consultation offer, will also support dance artists and dance acrobats.

In 2017 a joint information event is planned together with Dirk Elwert from ZAV in Leipzig. We will inform in time through our newsletter and on Facebook.

In May 2017, the TANZ Foundation will host the annual meeting of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD).

Professional associations as qualified AND serious contacts

“Professional associations and professional associations are valuable sources of information on professional opportunities in the respective sectors. The following list contains links to associations of different disciplines. [1] These associations are representing the interests of their members in a non-profit-making sense, and offer them common goals and values (for example level of Quality), means a common identification basis. Therefore they are not only a qualified but also a serious contact in many professional matters.

For example, most professional or sectoral associations (referred to above as specialist associations) not only provide information on trends in their homepages, but also on education and training, on legal assistance in the profession-relevant dispute, or on favorable insurance for the profession in most cases and is also linked to membership in the respective association. The costs of membership in professional associations is tax deductible and generally far more favorable than a legal dispute that would have to be paid entirely by yourself. Quite apart from these financial advantages, professional and sectoral associations, due to open or closed members’ events, enable very good networking opportunities in the field of activity, which is very important for dancers in transition to establish themselves professionally.

Concrete topics such as further training, quality standards, jobs and career prospects include:

Vocational Association of Yoga Instructors in Germany:…

German Professional Association of Dance Educators:…

Federal Office for Occupational Health Management:…

German Wellness Association:…

German Professional Association Free Health Professions:…

An overview of the most important German professional and industry associations…

(1) Cited source, retrieved on 19th of December 2016 at 8:30 p.m.: ibid

To studying health, but where?

The issue of health promotion has gained much in the social relevance and acceptance over the past twenty years. A wide range of study opportunities and occupational fields of activity are emerging and developed throughout Germany, which are based on a holistic understanding of health.

The first academic training opportunity in the area of health promotion in Germany was established in 1993 with the “Health Promotion and Management” degree course at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. From here, significant impulses were created for the expansion of further health-related study offers at universities and universities.

On the website you can get an overview of the nationwide Bachelor and Master studies in the field of health promotion.

The online database has been developed by the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and currently contains 439 entries. It provides comprehensive information on health-related bachelor, master and certificate courses in Germany (1).



(1) Adapted info source: ibid

KSK insurance and multiple employments

How do several employment relationships affect the insurance relationship at KSK? The form of employment, the type of income, and the total income level is decisive for insurance cover. In the following three case studies:

1. Case: If, for example, dancers in transition, who are freelance and who take over KSK contributions at the same time, also perform a minor NEBENJOB (for example, the so-called Minijob with € 450.00 per month / € 5,400.00 per year) this will be not a problem, because of the freelance commitment (s), both predominant employment as well as predominant income are ensured. The KSK insurance policy is still in place, as is the case with fixed employment minor employment. This applies, however, only if the insignificance limit is not exceeded (see above)!

Case 2: If, in addition to employment in employment with the usual statutory insurance protection, there is a lesser extent (temporally and financially) a freelance artistic activity, the actual main occupation is examined by comparing both employment forms. At the same time, full social security coverage in the statutory pension, health care, unemployment and unemployment insurance schemes is a priority over the established employment relationship, even if, for example, it is only a part-time job of 20 weekly hours with a payment of 850,00 €, with the free-lance artistic activity but 500,00 € profit (6,000,00 € per year) monthly be achieved. This artistic employment would only be insured in the pension insurance scheme of the KSK.

IMPORTANT: If by the freelance artistic activity were to be achieved at least 1,000.00 € per month, means 12,000.00 € per year, the original part-time artistic activity would be converted into a full-time professional and thus be subject to the insurance obligation at KSK. “KSK would therefore be subject to compulsory insurance in pension, health and long-term care insurance. The secondary employment relationship would also be subject to social insurance, but not in the insurance branches of health and long-term care insurance. This means that the employer does not have to pay social insurance contributions to the health insurance for these two insurance branches. “(1)

The 3rd case, from our point of view, is particularly relevant for dancers in transition: Unstable occupations. This means for example exposures in the case of illness and representation. In general, what has been said so far also applies to unstable employment, because they are only shorter temporary but also freelance contract conditions. It is, however, important to note that “unfulfilled employment, which is connected to a previous, unrelated employment within three weeks, must be regarded as a continuation of employment or insurance periods”. (2) It is therefore important to ensure that neither the employers’ of the total duration of the employment, nor the total remuneration paid by the KSK.

Due to the complexity of the topic, this information does not claim to be complete, but should provide initial orientation. Further information can be found on the KSK website or in a personal discussion with the KSK staff:…

(1 and 2) KSK (publisher): Information for independent artists and publicists – insurance at the KSK despite (secondary) job? 01.2016, p. 2f.

Little job description I: Eurythmy

Last December, we had shared a TV post from the NDR abut Eurythmy on our Facebook page. and would now like to briefly explain what an Eurythmist is doing and where to train.

As an Eurythmist, the main aim is to convey the inner qualities of a person or a group as a medium of presentation through the body, to bring spiritual and spiritual things together, and to enable common ground or unity. Eurythmy promotes body perception, inner satisfaction and the feeling of togetherness of several people who move together – comparatively gently. In addition, with the aid of eurythmy dancing, an interpretative bridge between different arts can be produced, for example by dancing entire texts (including lyric). The concept of this expressive form of dance is derived from the alt. εὖ (= good, correct, beautiful). Eurythmy emerged in Germany and Switzerland between 1908 and 1925 at the suggestion of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy. It has been operated as an independent performing art since then. (1)

Thus, it is very suitable for the promotion of health, basically for all people who can (already or still) move. From our point of view, the career opportunities as an eurythmyist are therefore far beyond the option, especially in Germany, of Waldorf schools. Parkinsonian dancing, trauma management, relaxation and de-escalation techniques are mentioned here as examples of the use of eurythmy.

Eurythmy education and further education are possible throughout Europe, as the following overview of the Eurythmists’ professional association in Germany shows:…

Eurythmy or eurythmy education can be studied as BA and MA at private universities (average study fees: 1,900.00 € per semester).

In-depth eurythmy knowledge is, however, also possible in off-the-job, less cost-intensive and more compact certificates, as the following online information shows:

Alfter near Bonn:…


Current information on education and further training in eurythmy here:…

Adapted information source, retrieved on 18th of December 2016 at 8:00… Eurythmie.html

Little job description II: Interior Design 

Anyone who is fond of design and creative, who calculates things as well as is interested in different materials and after all would like to please others with his work room furnishing can be a satisfying job. “Interior designers design residential and business premises and advise on the design and material selection. They plan the room equipment according to the wishes of the customer and prepare it. They determine costs and, after completion of the order, provide the necessary materials with which they design the premises. [If necessary,] they prepare the subsoil, lay out flooring, dress walls and ceilings with fabrics and wallpaper, assemble visibility and sun protection systems and decorate the rooms. They also cover new furniture. … ” (1)

A very versatile professional field, which, of course, offers the possibility to use as a kind of set designer (concrete tender below) at theaters and venues. In addition, interior designers often accompany property owners or architects who are responsible for the interior design of premises. German craftsmen enjoy a very good reputation abroad, so that interior designers are basically able to earn money wherever are appropriately paid for this service. In this context, it is important to know that there is an EU mobility program for trainees and apprentices in craft trades with SINDBAD, with whom important professional experience can be gained abroad. More details in the next newsletter.

It is interesting to note that for the three-year dual training (theory modules at a vocational school / praxis modules in the training company) as a room decorator, no specific school education is presupposed, but a good middle school qualification as an access condition prevails. (2) Training can also be a theater, of course. For dancers in transition interested in this profession, a concrete demand is worthwhile.

Example of a current vacancy at the Deutsch-Sorbisches-Theater in Bautzen, clicked on 1th of January 2017 at 8:00 a.m.:…

Detailed information about the profession and training at the Central Association Room and equipment:…

(1) Cited source, accessed 1th of January 2017 at 7:20 a.m.:…

(2) ibid