Newsletter Juli

Barbeque party on August 12th – celebrate with us!

In August 2015 we will be celebrating the Berlin Transition counseling office’s fifth anniversary. On this occasion we are inviting all dancers who we have helped to a big barbeque on Wednesday August 12th 2015 at 7pm! Food and beverages are provided. Sandro Westphal will be our DJ – we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Finally eloquent! – Speak confidently and convincingly 

Workshop rescheduled to September

You have an objective and you can’t find the right words to inform the person you are speaking with? You want to present a project, but the right vocabulary is missing? You’re sitting at the Jobcenter, want to have a further education program financed, but you don’t know which argument to use? You can practice these and other discussion situations and become more confident.

By recognizing and naming your potentials and resources, you can develop customized strategies in this workshop in order to activate your influence in discussion situations. You can reach back to positive experiences from your dance career and use this power for new challenges in your life.

By implementing feedback practices and developing individual emotional images, you can access these positive experiences at any time. In a playful way, we will test different situations with typical discussion partners and subjects that relate to your life.

Workshop direction: Tanja Ries, certified coach and trainer in the field of the cultural economy and cultural education. Central subjects: personality development; flow, creativity and communication. Her work is based on over 20 years of practical experience on and behind the stage paired with methodological know-how.

New date:
Wed. 16. & Thurs. 17. September 2015 (10:30 am – 6:00 pm, incl. 1 hour lunch break)
Uferstudios, Uferstraße 8 / Badstraße 41a, Berlin-Wedding (U8 Pankstraße)
Contribution to expenses: € 40,- (early bird special with registration before 15. Aug.: € 20,-)

A cooperative event of the Stiftung TANZ – Transition Center Germany, the Tanzbüro Berlin and the Creative Service Center.

Language level further education: Arbeitsagentur

Fundamentally, language skills must be in line with your career goal and the complexity and demands of educational programs. For professional activity and qualification measures with mid-level demands on language skills, as well as for career work in health professions, usually a proof of German proficiency at the B2 GER level is required. In educational fields (e.g. educators or preschool teachers), one should reach C1.
If there is any doubt, the Agentur für Arbeit should initiate a process to determine your suitability by the Berufspsychologischen Service. What is important for the agency and the client is the perspective for a successful completion of a measure.

Career spotlight: theater technician

Many technicians work on a multitude of levels in every theater. Stage workers are often newcomers and lateral entries from other crafts or artistic fields. In the technical departments (stage, audio department and lighting departments), an education as a technician for event technology is expected. This three-year education is structured in a dual way. The theater is then the educational facility for training; the trainee spends one day per week at career school.
Engineers usually occupy higher positions in the technical departments of the theater. You can reach this specific goal by studying for a BA and MA in theater technology at the Beuth-Hochschule für Technik Berlin. BA studies take three years; the MA another two years afterwards.

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Kyoto Prize for John Neumeier

The chair of the Stiftung TANZ trustees, John Neumeier, has been awarded the renowned Kyoto Prize! Next to the Nobel Prize, the Kyoto Prize belongs to the most important honors in culture and science. Neumeier receves the prize in the category “art and philosophy”; it is endowed with 360,000 Euro, as the Inamori Foundation communicated. The festive ceremony is traditionally in Kyoto on November 10th 2015. Other prizewinners are Japan’s chemist Toyoki Kunitake and the Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor.
The prize is granted for the life work of prominent personalities. Past winners include the choreographer Pina Bausch, the philosopher Jürgen Habermas, the composer Pierre Boulez and the primate researcher Jane Goodall. The prize has been granted by the Inamori Foundation, which is named after the founder of the technology company Kyocera, since 1984.
Neumeier, who comes from Milwaukee, WI, has “unified the essence of both genres of dramatic ballet and abstract ballet and advanced the art to a new dimension”, as the decision states. His masterpieces, such as the Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, were not just performed in Germany but also throughout the world. Neumeier (73) has been the artistic director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet for more than four decades.
The Stiftung TANZ – Transition Center Germany congratulates its chair of the Stiftung TANZ trustees for this award.

Transition lecture at the Theater Augsburg

What happens after your dance career? What can I do in addition to dancing in order to survive financially? In the future, what can inspire and challenge me in my career?
Project leader Heike Scharpff’s lecture includes information on the transition process and working in the foundation, as well as information about the Arbeitsagentur/Jobcenter, further education, BAföG, the Bayerische Versorgungskammer, Künstlersozialkasse, etc.
After the 90-minute lecture, dance professionals can organize individual transition meetings (free of charge and confidential). Registration:

Wednesday, 15.7. 11:00 am, Ballett des Theater Augsburg


After numerous benefits in 2015 at the Hamburg Ballett, Friedrichstadtpalast, Stuttgarter Ballett, Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg, Gauthier Dance Company as well as the galas at the Staatstheater Kassel and the Tanzcompagnie Giessen, the Kevin O’Day Ballett NTM will be next on July 23rd 2015 with the premiere of the choreographic workshop to our benefit. Next season, at the Bayerische Staatsballett’s performance of “Le Corsaire” our foundation will receive €5 per ticket. As was the case this year, the Ballet Hagen in Hameln will give a benefit gala on March 6th 2016.
Thank you for the fantastic support!

Stiftung TANZ on Facebook

Stiftung TANZ has two accounts on Facebook. We would be happy for all likes on our page:…
and about transition experiences:…

Summer business hours at the head office

The head office of the Stiftung TANZ is also occupied in the summer most of the time.
It is only closed from 24.7. – 2.8.2015 as well as 2.-7.9.2015

Sabrina Sadowska, Heike Scharpff & Andrea Thomas